In the digital age, a router has crucial functions. Primarily, it distributes an internet connection and allows multiple devices, such as computers, to access the same network. For businesses, this means better collaboration, communication, and more productivity. Imagine trying to plan something like an internship program awards ceremony without access to the internet. For individuals, it means access to social media, the latest news, a better streaming experience, etc. All this means that router maintenance is essential.
Here are four tips you can use to keep your router running smoothly.
1. Maintain the Right External Environment
The location of your router contributes to not just how well it’ll perform but how long it’ll last.
You want to place your router in a place that has good ventilation as well as minimal foot traffic. Good airflow helps to keep the internal temperature of your router low so it doesn’t overheat. Then, a high foot traffic area is detrimental as people will routinely bump into it and damage it over time.
You also want to keep your router away from water sources, and other electronics as water can cause irreparable damage, and other electronics can create instances of electromagnetic interference (EMI).
2. Update Firmware
Firmware is basically the software that allows your router to communicate with its hardware components. Firmware updates are like software updates that are made to enhance the security, performance, and bug fixes of your router.
To update your router’s firmware, you’ll need to download the latest version of its firmware from the manufacturer’s website. After downloading, follow any instructions given by the manufacturer on how to install it correctly.
3. Regularly Clean Your Router
Your router accumulates a lot of dust and dirt over time. Excessive dust can block the vents of your router, which hinders airflow and affects its performance.
In general, you can use a soft cloth or brush to gently clean the exterior of your router and then use compressed air to remove dust from the vents and other hard-to-reach areas. If you notice that there are any stains on your router, use a damp cloth (not wet) to remove them. Make sure that no water gets inside the router and make sure it’s completely dry before plugging it back in.
4. Reset It Periodically
Like any other electronic device, routers can develop a “memory” over time and this can lead to slow performance or even connection issues. If all other troubleshooting steps fail, it’s best to reset your router. A full factory reset means that all settings will be restored to the original state.
To reset your router, find and press the Reset button typically located at the back of your device. Depending on the type of router you have, this could take anywhere from 5 to 60 seconds. After the reset is done, you’ll need to configure your router again using the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
By following these simple maintenance tips, you can ensure that your router remains in good condition and continues to provide reliable service for years to come. Regularly maintaining your router is essential not only for performance but also to ensure the safety and security of your network.
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