You don't need to buy the most souped-up, high-powered wireless router on the market in order to improve the speed of your home internet connection (though that would probably help). As it turns out, there are a few easy tricks to navigating the World Wide Web a bit faster, and thanks to the good folks at Vox, we have this handy video to show you how.

To sum up, here they are:

  1. Place your router out in the open.
  2. Lift your router off the ground.
  3. Keep it away from other electronics.
  4. Point the antennas in different directions.
  5. Measure your signal strength.

You'll have to watch the video for further explanation of those tips, but that should work as a quick checklist. (Vox has five more tips here, if you want some extra info.)

Nowadays wireless routers are more the norm than the exception, but many of us are still learning how to get the most out of them. No one likes wasting their time watching a website take forever to load, and the bane of all video streaming is buffering -- but these five tips will help you avoid those hassles and make your ever-increasing dependence on the internet a lot easier.

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