Networking Tips for Apartment Life

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networkingNo matter where you live, everyone needs reliable internet. So, while you’re looking at apartments in Atlanta, GA, you might also be considering how you’re going to stay connected in your new place. One thing that can help, no matter which apartment you choose, is learning how to improve your Wi-Fi. These tips are pretty easy, and they can make a huge difference.

Location, Location, Location

Getting a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the apartment requires you to place the router in the right spot. Typically, the central living space is ideal. Most routers have an indoor range of about 150 feet. 

There are a few things that can lower the range of a router. For the most part, surrounding it with stuff is a bad idea. Avoid putting the router under shelves or entertainment systems, as these can eat up the signal. Ideally, your router will have as much open air around it as possible.

Change the Channel

Routers have standardized out-of-box settings. Each brand will use their own standards, but there’s a good chance that you have neighbors running the same gear as you. It’s easy for those signals to get crossed, and that leads to slower Wi-Fi. If you’re having unexpected slowdowns or signal drops, this is a good place to start. Changing the router’s channel away from the default is usually enough to resolve the issue. Search for a quick online guide that will walk you through the process.

Set a Strong Password

Everyone gives this advice, and very few people take it. We don’t need to fear the bogeyman of the internet to understand why a password matters. If your Wi-Fi is unprotected, other people will jump on it. You’ve probably done that yourself at some point. All other issues aside, this is definitely going to eat up bandwidth and slow down your internet. It’s also the easiest fix in the world.

Now, forget what you’ve heard about strong passwords. It isn’t about mixing random characters and what not. There are two things that make a password strong: having lots of characters and being difficult for a computer program to guess. That’s why you want a passphrase. Get it up to 25 characters and avoid common words or spellings, and you’ll be in good shape. Mixing in some foreign language(s) is an easy way to add a lot of strength to the password, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.

These are three easy things you can do to help your Wi-Fi run faster, smoother and with more reliability. If you want a great apartment to go with your improved internet, call the office and schedule a walkthrough of the 2460 Peachtree Apartments.

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