"The more devices that are connecting to your Wi-Fi, the slower it's going to go because it's trying to divide out evenly the amount of time it takes to go on a website or to just get on the internet period," said David harvatin, director of technology for KIDY FOX.
When you buy your router from the store it comes with a generic user name and password. The key is to set it up where strangers can't access your Wi-Fi.
“If you have let’s say a pool in your back yard, and no fence, and you never monitored your pool, any of your neighbors could jump into your pool and use it,” said Harvatin.And, when other people use your Wi-Fi on their device it causes your connection to slow down. Harvatin also says to make sure you're using your Wi-Fi at its maximum potential speed, check to see if you have the latest band.
"If you're still connecting at a B level versus an N level it’s going to be like you’re doing 35 miles an hour in a 85 mile per hour zone," said Harvatin.
By checking the band you can tell whether it's you Wi-Fi slowing you down, or if your device is just outdated.
Lastly, we've heard it before: location, location, location. Make sure your router isn't hidden in your basement or under a desk. For the router to offer its best connection it's good to put it in a physically accessible spot.
"If you're going between two floors then you would want to have it closer to the stairwell,” said Harvatin.
Harvatin says a Wi-Fi connection is harder to pass through cement and brick walls so keep that in mind when picking a spot to set up shop.