Slow Wi-Fi can disrupt Zoom meetings, generate online turmoil, and lag your video. When your world relies on near-instant connectivity, minor frustrations mount up and become hurdles to work, education, and life.

Before you get started, run our internet speed test. It’s not part of our official list of ten things, but it’s good for context.

1. First, let’s power cycle everything to see if your Wi-Fi speed improves.

2. Wi-Fi can travel only so far, and its signals can get interrupted or blocked by walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, appliances, and basically any large physical object.

3. Modern routers work primarily on two radio frequency bands: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The band you use for your connections can affect your speeds and the quality of your connections at different distances from your router.

4. Many routers and wireless gateways have internal antennas—meaning they’re mounted inside the device, and you can’t adjust them.

5. If your router is in the best location but you’re still having speed or connectivity issues in certain areas of your home, you may need to add a device that can stretch your network’s range.

Wi-Fi is great, but wired connections are faster and more reliable. If you have high-priority devices like a desktop, gaming console, or smart TV, it might be worth your while to plug them in to your router with an Ethernet cable instead of relying on Wi-Fi.