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Do you remember the last time you went a few days without the Internet? If you were on a camping trip, it might not seem like a big deal. However, if you were sitting at home with an unresponsive phone, that non-existent connection might have been a little more frustrating. If you are like most people, the Internet acts as a lifeline to the rest of the world, helping you to complete online banking, communicate with friends, or even to watch television. I hate Internet outages with a passion, which is why my blog is devoted to helping you diagnose Internet issues early.

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Need Internet Service In A New Home? Pick An Ideal Location For The Modem

When you move homes, one of the things that you will need to do is set up an Internet connection. While you could try to replicate the same setup as in your old home, this may not be the best option because the home's layout is not the same and you will have different needs.

You may be moving into a single-family home from an apartment. This will often give you more room to work with when it comes to organizing the electronics in your home. You may no longer feel limited to having dedicated desktop computer spaces and want to add laptop spaces. Getting strategical with where you put the modem for your Internet connection is a worthwhile task. 

Maximize Ethernet Connections

Although you can rely on a wireless connection for most situations, you should not pass up an opportunity to hook up devices with an Ethernet cable. This will minimize the slight delay that comes from having your computer or laptop connect to the Internet wirelessly. Another thing to consider is what kind of high-speed connection you are able to get from a service provider.

While you can get 300 Mbps on a wired connection, you may only get a third of that speed when comparing speeds on a wireless connection through a device such as your smartphone. So, you will want to find a spot for your router where you can maximize the Ethernet connections.

Prioritize the Home's Middle

When you hook up a modem, you will need to connect a router to make a wireless connection. Prioritizing the center of the home will provide the steadiest connections. A great way to look at it is trying to make every corner of the home the same distance away from the modem. This will prevent one room from having faster speeds than another room due to router proximity.

Look for Open Spaces

Most large, solid objects serve as an obstacle to wireless connections. Furniture, appliances, walls, and doors will all play a role in reducing the Internet's strength and reliability for a device. To reduce the impact of these obstacles, you should try to find an open space for the modem.

A home with an open floor plan is the least obstructive for your connection. Without this floor plan, you will likely end up with the living room or kitchen as the most open and central point.

Considering these details will help you pick a modem spot that works for the entire home. Work with an Internet access provider to learn more tips and tricks.