Suffering from buffering? It's time for a Wi-Fi checkup. Start by calling your Internet service provider to make sure you're signed up for adequate Mbps for your needs. If you are, the following tips will maximize service.
The first thing IT support suggest is unplugging and restarting your modem (the box connecting your home to the Internet) and router (the box that gives you Wi-Fi). In some cases the modem has a built-in router.
Microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones can all interfere with your Wi-Fi. Unplug any devices you don't use. Your neighbor's service might also slow down your connection. Check your router's setting to make sure it looks for the least-crowded channels.
Look on the bottom of your router. It should have a 802.11n or 802.11ac standard (for Wi-Fi compatability). If not, upgrade or update the firmware (built-in software).
Wi-Fi is like real estate: Location is everything. For best coverage, put your router in a central location. Avoid brick or concrete walls.
If you have buffering or dead spots (areas where Wi-Fi is weak) consider a Wi-Fi booster.