We know, we know… “Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” is the oldest tech saying in the book. You’ve probably heard it said so many times it makes you roll your eyes or pull out your hair. But it’s the most popular recommendation because, well, it works.
Much like a crossing guard, your router directs traffic between your devices and the Internet. As you add more Internet-connected devices – tablets, smartphones, computers, smart TVs, and more – to your network, your router routes the incoming and outgoing internet traffic in the most efficient way. In the same way, a busy intersection puts stress on the crossing guard, adding more and more devices to your router can cause stress. When you reboot your router, you’re wiping the busy intersection clean, and giving your crossing guard a fresh start.
To reboot your router, follow these quick and easy steps.
- Turn your router off: Some routers may have a simple on and off switch, while others may need to be unplugged from the power source.
- Turn off the Internet connection on all devices.
- After 30 seconds, either turn your router back on or plug it back into the power source.
- Wait approximately 3 minutes before turning back on your devices to test the connection.
Location is another important factor when it comes to maintaining your router’s optimal performance. You want to ensure that your router is located in an open space near the center of your home so that there is minimal interference with your Wi-Fi signal. You’ll also want to set your router in a high place to keep safe from curious pets or little hands knocking it onto the floor. Lastly, be sure that your router is not directly next to metal objects or appliances such as a microwave so that your Wi-Fi signal receives minimal interference.
Whether your Internet connection powers your home security system keeps you connected to friends and family or ensures you never miss an episode of your favorite show, fast and reliable Wi-Fi is essential for our daily lives. At Point Broadband, we’re proud to keep our customers connected with fast, reliable fiber Internet. If you feel as if your healthy router isn’t reaching the far corners of your home, then Point’s SmartHome powered by Plume is the best solution for your home’s Internet connection to stay fast and reliable. Contact us today for more information!