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Improve Your WiFi Experience

Did you know that UH has the fastest WiFi network standard available, 802.11ac?
  • It is available in all classrooms, Library, Student Center, Satellite, and most residential buildings
  • It offers optimal WiFi speeds for Netflix and other web applications
  • Your device’s WiFi adapter must be AC capable. Check your WiFi settings.
  • Outdoor coverage: the only outdoor WiFi access point we have on campus is between the Student Center South and North. Any other outdoor signal is very limited. We recommend using WiFi only in indoor spaces.

WiFi Speed Test and Optimizing WiFi Settings

To optimize your WiFi experience on campus, start by performing a WiFi speed test at uh.edu/network-test. If your speeds are slower than 5 Mbps then you should consider trying some of the following steps to improve your WiFi:

  • Adjust your power and WiFi transmission settings
    Check the following settings to ensure your built-in WiFi adapter is optimized
    • Disable Power Savings Mode
      Some devices will slow or turn off WiFi to conserve battery power. Maximize WiFi performance by changing your power settings
    • Switch WiFi channel to 5GHz
      2.4GHz is common frequency for for electronic devices. To avoid wireless interference with these electronics, switch your device to 5GHz: Network Connections --> Adjust the Channel mode to prefer 5GHz
  • Upgrade your WiFi adapter
    A USB WiFi adapter is an easy way to enhance your device to get the fastest speeds available. UIT recommends the NetGear A6210 which is avaialble on campus at the CougarByte and online stores or electronics retailers near you.
    • Test a USB adapter before you purchase! Visit the Tech Commons Help Desk (8AM - 8PM, 7 days a week) to try a WiFi adapter and see how much of an improvement it is over your current WiFi connection
  • Update your network drivers
    Check with your device manufacturer to see if new software drivers are available.
  • Ensure your device is up-to-date with the latest service packs and security updates