VODAFONE has urged homeowners to carry out a simple Wi-Fi router check to ensure they are getting the speeds they are paying for.
Think back to when you received your current router.
If it was within the last year – or even two years – then you’re probably in the clear.
However, according to Vodafone, your router should be replaced approximately every three years.
Speaking to The Sun, a Vodafone spokesperson said: “Generally it is recommended to work every few years as the latest devices have the best Wi-Fi standards, can connect more devices and offer the best security.”
“But every household has different needs, so it should address the needs of each local network.”
There are a variety of things that can affect your WiFi speeds.
You may have placed the router behind or in a large piece of furniture, very low to the floor, or near known signal blockers such as televisions, microwaves, or mirrors.
However, if you think your placement isn’t to blame, it could be your outdated router.
Your internet needs may also have changed.
In this case, a router upgrade might be just what you need.
The spokesperson added: “Among other things to consider are the number of devices that are normally connected and what the internet is used for, e.g. E.g. gaming, streaming or just surfing.”
“Because the number of connected devices and how they use the Internet will impact the type of router you need.”
Most Internet providers will upgrade your router for free when it’s time – or when they roll out a customer-wide upgrade.
However, if you need to change network packages on a brand new router, the upgrade can cost money.
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