There are so many hacks, ‘tools’ and so called tweaks available on how to boost your wireless internet speed. Many will suggest changing network settings in your browser or computer. But believe me, they are useless and they make little or no difference to your internet speed. Yes, they might give you some temporary illusion of improvement. But today, if you are using a USB modem, I want to introduce you to a trick (honestly just one trick) which really helped me.
Wireless Network and Your Location
Whenever using wireless internet using a USB modem (also called USB dongle), we often find network problems which are mostly based on our location. I faced the connection problem specially when a call is going on on Skype, the call would have the problem at least once.
Many would mistakenly believe that the fault is with the Internet connection provider company. Sometimes it might be so if the internet provide is not so reputed. But it will not always help you to keep changing the service provider.
Is ‘Cantenna’ Helpful?
One popular tip mostly suggested is to use a cantenna. In this method, the USB modem or wi-fi device is covered around with an open-ended can made of metal, specially aluminium. Similarly, it is also suggested to place an aluminium coil around the USB modem. It is said to work like antenna and fetch more network signals. This trick might have helped some or many, but I never found this helpful at all. This might be helpful for people who are living some far from city area or network location.
Extend and Reach!
The major cause of problems with wireless network is location. For certain locations, you might face network problem if you are using wireless internet in the room, specially when you are far from the window or view of sky. It is not always possible to use your computer near the window. To easily resolve this problem, get yourself a USB extended cable, with length of 3 to 5 meters preferable, which is easily available in a computer hardware shop. More than 5 meter length for USB connectivity might face problems and is not recommended. Try placing one end of USB cable (with which you have attached the USB modem) at some high place in the room, near the window. (Remember, height is the important factor and your modem must be higher than other objects in the room) And you are done!
Ever since using this trick, I never experienced network problems, even during Skype calls. I also confirmed the improvement in speed by verifying on services like internet speed test. I am sharing this trick hoping that it will help you too.
Update: Another Proof
My brother-in-law Nitin Solanki bought a new USB modem but he told me that it didn’t work at his home and asked me to check. The modem was unable to detect network at all: It said ‘No SIM card’! I was also confused a bit and thought about so many possibilities like problem in SIM, or computer or modem. His computer was at ground-floor. Just as a lame try, I attached the modem to the USB extended cable and hanged it at the window. To our pleasant surprise, the modem started getting full 3G network immediately! They never reported of any problem then.
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