February 5, 2012

Improving your Wi-Fi performance on your Kobo Vox color eReader!

The Kobo Vox Color eReader Wi-Fi adapter is very good. I can pick up Wi-Fi signals from a few houses a way. But, if you have a older wireless router which uses 802.11 b or g then you might be missing out on the high performance of 802.11N which the Kobo Vox's Wi-Fi adapter uses.

These tips will also improve the wireless performance and  wireless signal range for your laptop, computer, smartphone, gaming handheld, Tablet, eReaders, and other wireless devicess which uses Wi-Fi to go online, or network with other computers and devices.

This means streaming video to your Vox from your computer, or streaming video from your Vox to your laptop might be a lot slower since you are using an older version of Wireless networking which is 802.11 N which can acheive speeds up to 450Mbps vs 54Mbps with 802.11G or 11 Mbps with 802.11B.

If you have internet like Fibre Optic, T3, or higher end broadband internet, you'll notice a huge difference when using an 802.11G router like D-Link DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Wireless Router which has a max speed of 450Mbps and better signal range then most older wireless router's. This mean you'll be able to surf the internet, stream video from your computer to your Vox with an App, or stream video from your Vox to your PC even when you are outside at super high speeds.
If you use your Vox to wirelessly share files with a laptop or desktop computer via an Wi-Fi sharing App, buying a 802.11N Wireless USB adapter like the D-Link DWA-130 Wireless-N USB Adapter  for your desktop and laptop can speed things up and extend the range of the signal instead of using slower wireless adapter which came with your PC or laptop. You can also use Internet Connection sharing to convert your Wired internet service into Wireless in Windows XP, Vista, and 7, so if you don't have access to wireless internet, but you have access to cable to DSL internet you can use Windows Internet Sharing Connection wizard to share your internet connection with your Kobo Vox and other Wi-Fi devices via ICS.

If you just want improve range from your existing 802.11 G or older  wireless router, you can get a Wireless signal booster/extender like Netgear Universal WN3000RP Wi-Fi Range Extender to boost and extend the signal, so it will go even farther. You can also use a wireless signal booster to boost the signal of a low end 802.11N wireless router to turn it into a router which signals can reach outdoors and many feet away from your house where the router is located.

Changing the Wireless channel of your Wireless router, and changing the signal strength could also make some improvements to your wireless range, and speed, but it probably won't make as big of a difference compared to buying a high quality 802.11N router and Wireless signal booster to boost your signal to go even farther then before.

There are WiFi analyzer Apps for Google Android which you can download from the Kobo Vox's Get Jar Marketplace app store which you can use to analyze Wi-Fi signal to find the best channel to set your Wireless router to. In my experience, setting my Wireless router to channel 11 seems to produce best results since most Wi-Fi channels for routers are set to 6 or Auto according to many forums, and websites.

Wi-Fi Analyzer Apps also help you pick the best free Wi-Fi Signal in public places when you are using your Kobo Vox at the park, public library, school, or in town. It will show you which Wi-Fi signal is the strongest, and what channel they are set to. This will let you know which Wi-Fi signal might be best for browsing the web, and watching online video.

Some people also claim to have better wireless performance by putting their Wireless router higher, but I'm not sure if it is true since my Wireless router is on a regular height table beside a computer, and a printer blocking the antennae, and it preforms pretty good.

Sometimes, by just restarting your wireless router and modem by hitting the restart button if it has one, or unplugging and replugging it back into the power outlet, you can experience better performance and range or bring the signal back online if your signal drops offline because of interference from a microwave, cordless phone, etc which knocks a wifi signal offline. If this happens a lot, I recommend changing the Channel for your Wireless router to see if it makes a difference to the number of times a day you get disconnected.

You can also plug in your router and modem to a power strip/surge bar with an automatic timer which shuts off at a certain time like 11PM to 7AM, so your router and modem will be off when you are not using them, and on when you are more likely to use them since the timer will automatically shut off and turn on your router and modem everyday. Your router and modem will also use less power and last longer, so this will save you some money in the long run.

Do you have any tips for improving your wireless signal and internet connection performance at home or when you are out?


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