How to boost your Wi-Fi signal at home

ABC News’ Becky Worley has tips for those working and schooling from home to tackle internet dropouts, buffering and slow connections.
3:29 | 09/14/20

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Glad she's doing as well as she We have advice for boosting your wi-fi if you're there at you know, distance learning, working from home ramps up against. So many families are having connection issues so Becky Worley will join us with insight into all of this and how you can get the most out of your signal. A lot of people are interested in this, Becky. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, robin. You're right, wi-fi dropouts, buffering and slow connections. These are the bane of kids at home but the good news, new easy solutions to make a difference. For this California family juggling work and school from home. It's been kind of a nightmare and super frustrating. Reporter: The biggest issue, I'll be talking on a zoom call and all of a sudden it'll start to be really fuzzy. Reporter: Good news, I can welcome to my wi-fi fix it clinic. We go through known tricks to improve performance. Close open applications, turn off high definition video and avoid corporate vpns. When you're on zoom are you trying to close all the tabs in your browser and all other applications? Never. Reporter: I ask her to turn off HD video. We have to go through the vpn for privacy. Reporter: After hearing limitations it's time to get geeky. What I want you to do, go to a website called speedtest.net. I asked her to test it right next to the router then around the house. Oh, wow. Not even 10. Reporter: She's paying for up to a gigabyte, a thousand megabits of bandwidth but in portions only getting 10. Call her internet provider to upgrade the modem. How hold is it. Two or three years old. Okay. Even though that seems pretty young, these things have gotten faster. When the new modem arrived. It was around 20 to 30 with the old modem and 60 to 70 with the new modem. But the speeds in ava's bedroom are still low, up to about 60 megabits now so the next move. Let me explain a mesh network. There are a bunch of little boxes you plug in around the house and it creates one big network. So after it is installed. In ava's room and in my office it was so much better. I'm going to give you the virtual high-five. Nice work. Now, these mesh networks are ideal for whole house coverage. But they can run about $200 so another option if you have just one dead spot it's a wi-fi extender. They're much cheaper, just $30 and can be the perfect solution for a small dead spot or an apartment, robin, so here's to faster wi-fi, right? Yes, indeed. We've done that here at the house and it has helped a great deal. So thank you there, Becky. Hope that you are continuing to do well out there in the west coast. Please take care.

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