Are you working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you concerned about the quality of your Wi-Fi while working at home?
Wi-Fi SweetSpots is a free app for your smartphone that measures the strength of the Wi-Fi connection wherever you’re currently standing in your home.
Even if you’re pretty satisfied with your Wi-Fi, it’s still worth downloading this app, just to check whether you can get even faster, stronger Wi-Fi signal by shifting your desk to the other side of the room or by tweaking the position of your router.
To use this app:
- Download Wi-Fi SweetSpots to your Android or iOS device.
- Make sure you’re connected to the network that you want to test (and the same network that your work PC is connected to)
- Launch the Wi-Fi SweetSpots app, and then tap ‘Start.’
- The app will now start recording how your Wi-Fi speed fluctuates over time and display this information as a graph.
Our Digital Marketing Specialist tried using SweetSpots in her apartment and you can see (in the screenshots below) that standing right next to her router, she has a great connection of 440.9 Mbps. If she walks 2 rooms over into her kitchen, her connection is 193.0 Mbps (still good). If she walks even further to her bedroom, her connection drops below 100 Mbps.
Internet speeds of 100 Mbps or higher are often considered fast internet because they can handle multiple online activities for multiple users at once without major interruptions in service.
Try downloading the Wi-Fi Sweetspots app on your smartphone and wander around YOUR home! With the help of this app, you can pinpoint the exact location where you should be connecting to the Internet, in order to get the fastest and most reliable Wi-Fi 😊
***Please note that factors other than router location can affect your Wi-Fi strength. Many devices connected to your Wi-Fi will use up bandwidth and can cause performance issues. If you have an important work meeting or presentation, work out a schedule with your family where their devices (computers, phones, gaming systems, etc) are off during your vital work hours. Also, if your router is older than a few years, this may cause performance issues. Call your internet service provider to see what upgrades are available.