As smart phones, laptops and other WiFi connected devices age, there’s an increased likelihood they may not operate as rapidly or efficiently as they did in the past. Relying on older electronic devices can result in a significantly slower WiFi network, as well as slow the speeds of the newer devices on your network.
Additionally, old routers or other older electronic equipment may not be capable of handling multiple streams at the same time, resulting in video that buffers, slow-loading web pages and dropped internet connections. If the addition of a new device to your network results in slower WiFi, it may be due to your older equipment’s limited ability to process multiple devices.
To make the most of the lightning-fast speed offered by your WiFi network—and optimize your internet experience—it’s important to remember that your WiFi is only as strong as its weakest link, which very often is your oldest device connected to your network, whether you’re using it or not.
A few tips to improve your WiFi experience:
- If you have old devices you are no longer using, disconnect them from your WiFi network
- If possible, upgrade your old devices (smart phone, laptop, etc.) for a faster, more seamless WiFi experience
- Upgrade your modem or router to a newer version that is designed for multiple WiFi connected devices