Internet Speed – Optimize your Network!
Welcome back to the Modern Nerd. This week’s article comes after a long struggle with a friend’s internet, who wasn’t getting any speed on loading videos and downloading files. I am going to share with you some tips and tricks for home network maintenance, so you can make sure that your home system is working up to its full potential.
There’s No Place Like 192.168.1.1
If you are not a tech guru, you might not be familiar with some of the terminology that I’m about to throw around. So try to stay with me and I promise to use small words. Well, smaller than terminology at least.
The 4 numbers that are separated by periods are your IP address. IP stands for internet protocol, and it is your digital mailing address for data. When you connect to the internet, anything and everything is found with the address.
If you have more than one computer on your network, there is a central router that connects to the larger internet. This is the difference between LAN (your Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Access Network). Still with me? Good.
In order to fix problems, change settings, set up passwords, or in general perform maintenance on your router, you need to go to the settings page. However, it’s not as easy to get to, since it is not connected to your computer directly. Fire up your favorite internet browser and go to the home page for the router, 192.168.1.1. There’s no place like home.
Keep your Firmware up to Date
Router software is small and it is simple, but it gets updates like everything else. If you have never updated your router, then there could be optimizations and transfer protocols that you are missing out on. Recently there were statements released by Verizon and other major companies about working on fixes to their software to improve the streaming video quality of services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more. It is very important for your highest possible quality of service to stay up to date. This is a simple process once you get yourself to the homepage of your router, and often doesn’t require more than a few clicks.
Customize your Internet Security
Wireless routers mean wireless security, and if you want to make sure that you and only you are accessing your internet connection, then the router page is also where you want to be. Most modern routers offer a list of all computers that are connected to your gateway. If you don’t know what one of these are, then you can block it’s connection regardless of password. This is just as easily undone if you make a mistake.
Passwords and encryption methods can also be customized on your router, so instead of a bunch of gibberish numbers and letters, you can replace them with your easier to remember, but no less cryptic, grouping of letters and numbers.
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