Testing Wi-Fi: How to check your connection

There are a few things to consider when setting up a Wi-Fi connection. Basically, a Wi-Fi connection allows less speed than a direct LAN connection. Nevertheless, it is advisable to check whether the connection is maintained undisturbed.

Testing Wi-Fi: How to measure the signal strength

How good the Wi-Fi connection is depends, among other things, on the signal strength. The further away you are from the router, the worse the connection.

  1. First, download the free software Wi-Fi Analyzer and install it on your laptop.
  2. With the help of this app, you can now check the signal strength in the individual rooms in your house or apartment and thus draw conclusions about what can interfere with a signal.
  3. Generally, solid stone walls as well as height differences and large distances are the reason that a signal is no longer sufficient.
  4. Once you find a room that receives only a very weak signal, you can equip it with a repeater to strengthen the signal again.

Testing Wi-Fi: How to improve the connection

  1. A Wi-Fi network can transmit on different channels that have different signal strengths.
  2. Try using your Wi-Fi adapter to switch to a channel that has a better connection.
  3. Connect a repeater and connect it to your router.
  4. It may also help to open doors between you and the router to strengthen the signal.

How to enable IPv6 address

The IPv6 address is a special address for identifying your computer in a network. For a long time, only the IPv4 address was used for this purpose. However, this is gradually being replaced by the newer address and will soon no longer be a standard.

How to activate the address on your computer

In order for your computer to also use the new protocol via IPv6, it must first be activated in the system settings.

  1. Press the [Windows] key and enter “Control Panel” in the search field. There you now click on the item “Network and Sharing Center”, which you will find in the category “Network and Internet”.
  2. You will now see a graphic about the status of the current connection. By clicking on “Connections” you get to all registered networks, from which you now select your current.
  3. Select “Properties” and scroll in the displayed list until you get to the point “Internet Protocol, Version 6”. In parentheses behind it, IPv6 is also specified once again.
  4. By selecting the checkbox and clicking “OK”, you complete the setup.

How to activate the address on the Mac

  1. On the Mac, you must first open the terminal.
  2. Now enter the command “networksetup -setv6automatic Wi-Fi” and confirm with [Enter].
  3. Already by this simple command you activate the use of IPv6 for your Wi-Fi connection.

Operate two routers in one network

In principle, it is possible to operate two routers in one network. When you make the necessary configuration for this, you need to pay attention to some details. Otherwise, it happens that you may no longer be able to access the Internet. If you only want to amplify your Wi-Fi signal, set up a router as a repeater.

How to operate two routers in a network

  1. To operate two routers in a network, you can not simply connect the devices to a common DSL line.
  2. One way to combine two routers in a network is in access point mode to amplify the Wi-Fi signal. You will need a LAN cable (best CAT 6 or CAT 7), with which you wire both routers together.
  3. Now configure one of the two routers as a DHCP server. That is, this router later connects to the Internet and serves the second router as a source for the Wi-Fi signal.
  4. In addition, you must assign the second router an IP address that has not yet been assigned. To do this, call up the user interface of your router and navigate to “LAN Bridge”. Depending on the model, the menu name may also vary slightly.
  5. In the last step, disable the firewall of the second router to be able to establish an Internet connection. Now turn on both routers and make your desired Wi-Fi settings.

Set up router as a repeater

Alternatively to the method described above, you can also set up one of the two routers as a repeater or buy a special repeater. In this case, the data transmission works via a Wi-Fi bridge, but the transmission speed is slower than with a LAN bridge.