This is a common issue that we run into with customers. Streaming relies heavily on having a strong Internet connection to stream without interruption. We run into situations where the router is on the other side of the house from the box, the Internet speed is not sufficient, and many others. Most people don’t know that there are many options to increase your signal strength. A lot of these options don’t cost any money.
Utilize the Latest Wi-Fi Technology
This is one of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible. The main thing about WiFi technology you need to know: Wireless A, B, G, and N are older wireless standards, with wireless AC being the most current standard. The EZ Stream Ti8 is wireless AC compatible, so it won’t be a problem to connect to wireless AC.
When you’re streaming high quality content, having a wireless AC connection will help alleviate buffering because it’s able to move more data at a faster rate than the older N standard. To get the most out of this connection, you’ll need a router and a device that are AC wireless compatible.
Have a Separate Router and Modem Combo
Your Modem receives the Internet signal.
Your Router sends the signal out through WiFi
Most Internet service providers combine both of these devices into one unit. They also usually charge you for the device. It’s usually a bare bones box that’s cheaply made and doesn’t do a great job as either a modem or a router.
When you purchase your own separate modem and router, you’re getting a quality product that’s produced by a manufacturer who’s trying to produce the best possible product.
Make sure to check with your provider to see if the device you’re looking to purchase is compatible with their service.
Change Router Position
Location! Location! Location!
Do you have your wireless router nestled up against the broadband modem, tucked away in the entertainment center in a basement that’s been converted into the family den? Move it, if you have range issues.
You don’t have to have the router close to your modem. Ideally, a Wi-Fi router should be in a central location. We know they’re not always the prettiest devices, but if you want the best signal it’s best to have the router out in the open. Try to elevate your router if possible and make sure the antenna is pointed perpendicularly.
If you need more flexibility in centrally positioning your router, you can purchase custom-length Ethernet Cat 5 cable from Best Buy, Amazon, or any place that services computers. If you do that, however, this is technically no longer a free option, of course. We recommend that the router be located within 10 feet of the box if possible to lessen interference.
A common rule of thumb is to put the router in the room where you do the most streaming.
Change Channel on Router
If you have neighbors, their routers may be interfering with yours and causing the signal to degrade. Wireless routers can operate on a number of different channels, and you want yours on a channel with as little interference as possible. Lifehacker suggests tools like Wi-Fi Stumbler or Wi-Fi Analyzer to find the perfect channel in your house. They have more detailed instructions on how to do that here.
Network Powerline Adapter
These devices use your home’s electrical wiring as a wired data network. We have seen many customers have lots of success with these devices, which is why we often recommend them. These are not designed to replace a wireless network, rather they are used to compliment the wireless network that you have. In cases where your EZ Stream box is far from your router, these devices can do wonders to increase the signal strength.
The Powerline solution is a ‘no new wires’ approach. You buy a basic kit, which comes with two Powerline adapters and two short Ethernet cables. You connect one of the Ethernet cables to your router and to the first of the adapters. Then you plug it into the nearest power socket. You click the second Ethernet cable into the back of the EZ Stream box and into the second adapter. You plug the second adapter into the nearest power socket. It’s as simple as that.
Direct Your Signal
If you need to send a strong Wi-Fi signal in just one direction, you can add a reflector to your antenna.
It sounds crazy, but it really works. If your router has an internal antenna, a sheet of curved aluminum foil set behind the router can work as well.
Click HERE for instructions on how to do this.
There are many factors that affect the strength of your WiFi signal. Even things like microwaves and cordless phones can affect the strength of the signal. It is important to stay on top of these things as you may not be getting the speed for which you pay your Internet provider.
These are only a few ways to strengthen the WiFi signal to your EZ Stream box. There are many more ways that we did not mention. If you have a way that has worked for you we would love to hear about it.