If you haven’t been following the BT/Ofcom/Openreach debacle, then let us catch you up, In short, Openreach is a communications and high-speed internet system that are in cahoots with BT. This is seen as unfair to other internet providers and therefore, as of this morning, OFCOM have demanded that Openreach be available to other networks.
However, all’s not well that ends well. OFCOM have chickened out at the last minute and not totally severed the ties between Openreach and BT, the BBC reports. What this means is that BT will still have a stranglehold on Openreach’s speed and quality
We wrote last week about testing York, the ‘Fibre-Frontier’, as an experiment to see if high-speed infrastructure was possible for the UK – and it worked! But BT’s underinvestment in Openreach will fend off this buffer-free future for years to come. So, take matters into your own hands, here are five DIY ways to improve your internet speed for the home office.
1. Play around with router positions
Your router should be free from obstruction and given the space to stretch out it’s waves. If it has antennas your want them placed perpendicularly (at a right angle) and in the highest and more central position your home has.
2. Treat your router like a walkie-talkie
Wireless routers can operate on a number of different channels, like a walkie-talkie. If your neighbour is operating on the same channel, it can slow things down a lot. Using tools like Wi-Fi Stumbler you can find the perfect channel for your neighbourhood.
3. Prioritise bandwidth
Using a program called Quality of Service, you can manually prioritise what functions will be allocated a better bandwidth. If your roommate is torrenting 1080p Tv shows 24/7, then you can make sure that it’ll take them more than a year to find out what happens in Game of Thrones season 6.
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4. Foil and duct-tape are always the answer
If you’re looking for that extra reach in your route, tape some tin foil in the shape of a sail behind your antenna. Build yourself a make-shift satellite and hopefully it’ll make enough of a difference to keep your buffer times minimal.
5. Have you tried switching it on-and-off, again?
This one is actually not a joke. Rebooting your router can prevent it from overheating as well giving it a chance to update its firmware. Use an outlet timer to schedule its reboots if you’re feeling extra lazy.