You have the broadband speed coming into your home, why does the broadband seem so slow?

Working from home gives options on where you want to work — redeploying a spare bedroom as an office, sat at the dining room or kitchen table even sat on the sofa in the living room.

Where you can actually work from at home is more often than not, dictated by the broadband service you can receive in that location with most home workers using a Wi-Fi connection from the router. So, you can be stuck at the dining room table, when you’d really like to be working from that spare bedroom, enjoying a better level of privacy to concentrate on getting things done and not have to worry about excited kid noises being picked up on the zoom call with the big client you’re trying to impress.

Slow broadband: A familiar problem?

Don’t worry — much can be done to improve Wi-Fi around the house at little expense. Here are some reasons your broadband might be slower than you expect…

The obvious place to start is the router location.

Where is your router?

Most people situate their routers close to the socket where the broadband comes into the home.  But many find this isn’t the ideal place — as it can be in a difficult to reach and constrains the Wi-Fi signal in that space.

Routers these days tend to be dual band – providing a Wi-Fi connection at 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz. To explain, 5Ghz is the fastest of the 2 Wi-Fi bandwidths but has less range, whereas 2.4Ghz has more range but less speed. Experiment connecting your most important device on the different bandwidths.

Also, check the number of devices you have connected to the router. Because the more devices you connect at any one time, the more the Wi-Fi available speed suffers. A standard called Wi-Fi 6 is now available on the better routers. Wi-Fi 6 allows you to connect many more devices without issue.

The construction of the property

In particular, even the type of bricks can have an effect on the Wi-Fi performance of your router. Because they can create barriers that the Wi-Fi has difficulty getting through.

Modern construction methods can also create problems as partition walls can contain insulation materials that are encased by foil, creating a faraday cage effect that creates problems for the Wi-Fi.

Size of property is another contributing factor. Whatever the router, it will have a range. Some routers are better than others for range, but its not a finite calculation.

One of the easiest ways to try to resolve this type of issue, is to see if the router can be located into a more central location. Some modern houses have basic ethernet cabling installed in rooms, which is helpful if you’re working from home. If not, you may consider running an ethernet cable to the desired room and running the router from there.

To make the most of your connection if you’re working from home, why not check our WiFi page for advice on extenders, powerline adapters or mesh networks.

Air Broadband is one of the new generation of ISPs (Internet Service Provider) who can offer a full fibre connection in the main towns and cities of East Anglia. We are not 100% there yet, for all areas in these towns and cities – no ISP is! Working with our network partners these networks are being quickly rolled out, with most locations completed by 2025.