Improve your Wi-fi at Home with these quick tips (Updated 2022 for Indian users)

8th February, 2022

Most of us have settled into the “Work From Home” routine by now, using our laptops & mobiles to attend to office chores. This means that the quality of the Wi-Fi in our private spaces will play a bigger role in our professional lives than it did before COVID. 

Furthermore, if you have smart home devices like the ones we make at Pert, having a good Wi-Fi router is crucial because… 

  • You’ll need it to set up the devices & mobile app 
  • They’ll then use it to communicate with each other. 
  • This process will then enable you to remotely control appliances like the fans, lights, TV, AC, microwave, and geysers – all from your mobile phone.  

But what exactly is Wi-Fi? Is it the same as internet? 

Here it’s important to clarify that Wi-Fi is not the same as internet. The Internet is the “data highway” you access (through your router, from your laptop/mobile) to reach Google or read blog sites like this one. In other words, you’re connecting with other computers around the world. It’s the “World Wide Web” or the WAN (Wide Access Network). 

But Wi-Fi is almost like a mini local version of that just for your home: a wireless network of waves that devices can use to talk to each other locally. That’s why it’s also called “WLAN” i.e. Wireless Local Access Network.

Pert’s smart devices make use of this mini-network, and can therefore work locally even when your internet connection is down, so at least when using Pert, you’re not dependent on the internet access power (a.k.a. broadband) that Jio, Airtel, and other such companies offer with their Wi-Fi routers – but of course, you won’t be able to surf Google. 

So the bottom line is that if you want to control all your smart devices smoothly, or surf the internet without lagging when it’s available, you’ll need a strong Wi-Fi range that equally covers all parts of your house. 

This can be hard to achieve in crowded metropolitan areas where every house has a router/modem of its own. In general, it depends on your router’s brand, how updated the model is, and the internet speed package you’ve purchased (for surfing/streaming).  

But in addition to those three factors, there are certain steps or workarounds you can take to boost the network a bit more, reducing the frustration that can arise because of poor or slow quality internet speed. 

So here are some quick tips for improving your Wi-Fi at home in 2022.

Tip 1: Fix a central & open location for the router

Optimizing your Wi-Fi signal starts with choosing the best place for your router. For obvious reasons, the farther your router is from connected devices, the slower its speed is going to be. 

Ideally, place your router in a central location of the house so you’re never too far from it even if you’re moving around with your mobile phone. But if you have an idea of which devices will use the internet the most, then you can shift the location closer to those places.

For example, if you’re a heavy Smart TV & Netflix streaming user, you may benefit from having the router in the hall, but if you’re doing all the tasks (work + entertainment) solely on your laptop in the bedroom, that’ll be the ideal spot. 

Whichever spot you pick, try to keep the modem elevated and away from other electronic devices such as the microwave, TV, or AC. 

Users generally hide the router inside the cupboard, but if you want to maximize the connectivity, it should be open in air and ideally above 8 feet. 

Tip 2: Consider getting a Wi-Fi Booster

Wi-Fi boosters or extenders are simply just that. They pick up your Wi-Fi web and stretch it into dead zones i.e. areas where the range cannot be fully reached. 

This can come in handy if you have a bedroom that’s located very far from the router, or if you live in a multi-storeyed villa where the distance will inevitably be greater (considering you’ve placed the router downstairs in your hall).

Some of the most popular yet budget-friendly Wi-Fi extenders available on Amazon India are:

  • TP-Link TL-WA850RE N300 Wireless Range Extender (₹1,189.00) 
  • Mercusys MW300RE Wireless Repeater WiFi Booster (₹979.00)
  • D-Link Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (₹2,499.00 on Chroma) 

*Prices are as of Jan 2022

Tip 3: Reduce the load of devices/users

This one is quite obvious. The more devices you have using the router, the bigger load it’s going to take, and the slower your internet speed may be. So remove standby devices that you don’t regularly use, which can include your smart TV. 

Another thing to check here is whether your network is secure i.e. none of your neighbours or other unauthorized visitors, guests, and maids are making use of the Wi-Fi network.

You can check the connected devices by downloading this small tool called “Wireless Network Watcher” on your desktop. 


Ignore the IP & MAC address, just focus on the device name. If you do spot any unauthorized devices, you should immediately go to the mobile app of your Wi-Fi provider, and reset the password along with the SSID (the Wi-Fi network’s normal name). 

Ideally, avoid using your family name because that’ll easily help hackers identify whose network it is. Instead, pick a generic vague identifier such as “Batcave Wifi” 

Tip 4: Check which band you’re on

Most routers come with a dual-band system: 2.4GHz & 5GHz. Think of these 2 TV channels that you can switch in between.

If you look at the list of available networks on your phone, there may be multiple options present: “home_wifi” and “home_wifi 5.0.”

If you can’t see any such options on your PC, just click on “Properties” under the connected Wi-Fi name & scroll down to see the details. 


Pert’s smart devices work on the 2.4GHz band by default. So ideally, you should keep your mobile phone (which contains the Pert app) on the same band, too. 

Furthermore, if you are on a different floor than your router or there are a lot of walls in your residence, then it is best to stick to this 2.4GHz band, which is better at punching through walls. 

However, for laptops & work PC/desktops further located from the router, you can switch to the 5GHz band channel as it will be less “crowded” by other devices, so you may get a smoother video conferencing, browsing, or streaming experience. 

Rule of thumb: stick to 2.4GHz for mobile & smart devices, but experiment with the 5GHz band for your laptops & TV to see if the change is giving you a slightly faster connection.  

Parting Advice: Choose the best Wi-Fi for your Smart Home

In this blog post, we’ve covered some quick tips to enhance your Wi-Fi at home. All said & done if you’re going to spend a lot of time indoors, it’s worth shelling out extra money for a better package & more updated router. 

Turn off & reset it regularly to clear the cache, and maintain it properly, so that your smart home automation experience (and internet browsing) continues without much interference or lag. 

Want to see a demo of how Pert’s smart automation devices work over Wi-Fi? And how do they turn your normal electronics into intelligent machines that you can remotely control, schedule, and automate?

We’d love to have you over at our Jubilee Hills Live Center @Hyderabad. If you’re in another city, one of our sales representatives can still reach out for a live demo. 

So contact us on any of the following channels to learn more! 

☎️ Sales Hotline: +91 91009 20031 (WhatsApp) 

📩 Email: hello@pert.me

️🌐 Website: www.pert.me

Want to view our entire catalog? Download it here. The Pert team is excited to be a part of your smart home automation project! 

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