Nearly all of you rely on a wireless router at home. Most of you have laptops. Some of you have second and third desktops that are far away from your modem / router.
Despite having a fast connection from your Cable or DSL provider — sometimes your internet just gets slow when you are on wireless. Theoretically — there should not be a slowdown. If there is try quitting your browser, possibly restarting the computer, or even unplugging the power on your modem / router waiting about a minute and then plugging it back them back in.
It is normal for you to have trouble like this once a month or perhaps even once every few months. However, if you notice your wireless going from bad to worse consistently over time there are strong indications that one of the following may be happening.
1) Your wireless router is dying. Its ability to send you a wireless signal and receive your data wirelessly is made possible by a radio transmitter. Like any other electronic component, it weakens and dies over time. I’ve seen the wireless radio on a router die after one year or if your really fortunate, they will last 5 years. This part is not replaceable and its time for a new router.
2) Congestion. No no, you’re not coughing. However, think back a few years ago. You may have been the first one on your street or in your complex with wireless internet. Now more and more of your neighbors have it. The wireless signals can interfere with each other. This is quite likely if you live in an apartment / condo complex or your home is in a neighborhood where the houses are closer together (ex. 1/2 acre or closer lots, one house after another). For the longest time, wireless routers used the 2.4 GHZ (gigahertz) frequency. If everyone else on the block is using it, this increases your chances of congestion. However, routers released within the past 2 years or so along with newer computers , support 5 GHZ and 2.4 ghz. This gives you an additional band to connect on. Strike up the band, Sam!! It will significantly reduce your chances of interference.
If its time for you to get a new router — I have three recommendations for you which will all work fine on Mac and Windows computers. Some routers may be better for YOUR SITUATION THAN OTHERS.
Apple Air Port Express http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/
ASUS RT-N56U http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Router-RT-N56U/dp/B0049YQVHE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348802387&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+router
Netgear WNDR3800 http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-WNDR3800-Premium-Gigabit-Wireless/dp/B0058NN6CS/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348802446&sr=1-5&keywords=Netgear+n750