How to Set Up a Fast and Secure Wireless Network in Your Apartment Home

When you have found your perfect apartment home, you need the perfect Wi-Fi to go with it. You don’t want to be stuck without your favorite tunes while unpacking or unable to connect to Netflix on your first night. Follow these simple steps and you will have secure and fast wireless in no time:

Plan Ahead

One of the most popular amenities residents look for is high-speed internet. Speak to your property manager and see what internet (if any) is available and what speed it is. If you don’t conduct lots of downloads, you probably won’t need a high bandwidth. If your new home doesn’t come with the internet, ask your property manager and future neighbors who the best provider is in the area. Remember to do this a few weeks before the move – you don’t want to be rushing around trying to get it installed on moving day.

Change The Name

Not only will this allow your friends to find your wireless more easily, it also makes your network more secure. Your Service Set Identifier (SSID) lets strangers know what type of router you have, and can even allow them to access your connection if they are equipped with specified knowledge. Change your name to something unique. Be sure to do this as soon as you set up your router.

Change Your Password

Your router will come with a password, and just like your SSID, it’s easy to guess. When you’re setting up your router, enter the password it comes with, then immediately change it. Choose a password that has a variety of upper and lower case letters as well as numbers. Enable WPA2 encryption via your router’s settings too.

Location

Routers usually serve more than one device –phones, laptops, TVs and other devices are usually connected. You’ll need to choose a central location so all devices are served. Keep your router in the open area. Don’t hide your router inside a cabinet or behind a thick wall, as this can weaken the signal significantly.

Choose the Channel

Living in an apartment home with many other signals all around, you might find your connection is not as strong as it should be. Tap into your router’s setting and try to find a less busy channel. If you need help, contact your provider.

A wireless network is a necessary part of a new apartment home. With these helpful tips, you’re guaranteed a powerful connection.