How to Increase Internet Speed

Install a wired network for peak performance

Supplement wireless computer systems with wired connections where ever possible to boost speed and performance. Running the wires is usually easy and inexpensive.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Add wiring to boost performance

Guess what? Wireless networks don’t always live up to their promise of reliable high-speed service. Wireless performance depends on the distance between the router and your computer or streaming devices, and your home’s construction. If your streaming device isn’t getting a strong signal, you can experience a complete loss of signal (dropouts) or excessive “buffering” (the video stops while it downloads more data).

To fix the problem, run hardwired “home-run” cabling from your streaming devices to the wireless router. Yes, that’ll mean drilling holes and fishing network cables through your walls. And you’ll have to install network jacks at each end of the runs. But when you’re done, you’ll have fast, reliable service.

Most wireless routers already have four jacks located in the back of the unit. So you’ll just need cable, RJ-45 jacks and patch cords. Get step-by-step instructions on installing communication wiring. Then run patch cords between the jack and your devices (Photos 1 and 2).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Drill bit set
  • Drywall saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • RJ-45 cable
  • RJ-45 jacks
  • Patch cords