How to Improve Your Home’s Internet Performance

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As families spend more time at home and the number of connected devices continues to grow, Comcast knows it’s never been more important to have a smart, reliable home network that delivers internet speeds. fast for everyone in the family, whether it’s video conferencing at work, a digital happy hour with friends, streaming a movie, or playing a game at the end of a long day.

Here are some tips that can help your home network run at peak performance during these difficult times:

Location. Location. Location. The location of your modem and Internet router (together referred to as a gateway) in your home can affect how far the Wi-Fi signal travels. For the strongest, farthest connection, place your Internet equipment in a central location and elevated so appliances throughout your home are accessible. Treat this equipment as a lamp. Avoid hiding it under the stairs, in a bookcase, in the basement, or on the ground where the Wi-Fi signal can’t penetrate that far. Placing your internet equipment next to a window helps broadcast the signal out to your porch or yard.

Coverage is essential. Depending on the size of your home, you may also benefit from Wi-Fi extenders. If your new workspace is in the basement or guest bedroom, an extender extends the Wi-Fi signal to the hardest areas. difficult to access. Some ISPs sell their own. Xfinity offers xFi modules that easily plug into a wall outlet to extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home.

Understand your need for speed. You may need to stream online video conferences and download large business documents while your kids are playing video games in the playroom. This high data usage may affect Wi-Fi performance depending on your internet plan. The number of connected devices in the house and their use could also slow down the network. Make sure you have enough internet bandwidth to handle all your traffic.

Make sure the software is up to date. Like a mobile phone or a laptop, Internet equipment sometimes needs to download updates from the Internet. It is recommended to restart this equipment occasionally: to do this, unplug the device from the electrical outlet, wait one minute, then plug it back in. While the device is booting, it may download and install updates.

Upgrade your equipment. To ensure everyone is covered by a strong Wi-Fi signal, Comcast will offer its most advanced modem and router, the xFi Advanced Gateway (XB8) this April. The next-generation gateway lets you supercharge your home: it easily handles multi-gigabyte speeds, is capable of powering hundreds of devices at once, and has three times the bandwidth for more reliable connections. Its advanced security capabilities block billions of threats every year, helping customers avoid accidentally visiting high-risk sites or downloading dangerous files.

Know what’s running on your network. Many streaming apps will continue to the next episode even if the TV is turned off. Be sure to completely quit any application that is not actively in use. Xfinity Internet customers can monitor devices using their home network with xFi.

Use direct wired connections if necessary. For households using the gateway for multiple business functions – perhaps mom and dad are video conferencing for work, combined with kids streaming a movie – try connecting a family member closest to the gateway directly via a Ethernet cable (For newer laptops, you may need an Ethernet adapter for the USB port.)

Tighten all cables. Make sure the cable going into your internet equipment or cable TV boxes is tight. A loose cable can cause signal leakage and signal interference that can lead to network problems inside the house.

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