How to make your computer automatically select the best WiFi network available
When we use the WiFi at home and, unfortunately, it is unstable, the best solution is to go to another connection that we have at hand to see if the problems are solved. Well, Windows can do it autonomously, we’ll tell you how.
Having an internet connection that is not stable is one of the biggest inconveniences that can be suffered when we are in front of a computer, since, as we all know, nowadays practically everything depends on whether we are connected or not.
The factors for the connection to become unstable can be from problems with the server itself, excessive distance from the computer to the router or different types of interference that can be caused in our home, among a few other reasons.
If we have several connection possibilities, either at home or in the office, we can always vary from one to another, until we find the one that behaves reliably.
The problem is that doing this manually can take time, as well as being somewhat heavy. That is why today we are going to see how to configure Windows so that it automatically connects to the network that has the most power available.
To achieve this we must configure the properties of our local network card. Otherwise, we can use a third-party app to manage the WiFi to set priorities for WiFi. network in Windows.
Configure network adapter properties
In order to achieve the objective that we have set for ourselves, that it be Windows itself that selects the WiFi network that has the best signal, what we are going to do is use what is called the roaming aggressiveness.
This concept refers to the speed at which our computer searches for another access point with a stronger signal. We will be able to adjust its value to tell the device how aggressive it should be to drop, find and connect to a new access point with a stronger signal strength than the one it was using previously.
As soon as a higher value is set, the computer will try to establish a better connection by continuously searching for new access points, which will mean that, if you have a laptop, the battery will last much less.
If, on the other hand, we decide to put a low value on it, we will cause it to remain tied to an access point and it will not change easily, unless it practically goes offline.
By default, roaming aggressiveness is set to Medium levelsomething that we can change to adapt it to our needs, so that it connects to another network the moment it detects that there is a better option.
For that we must follow these steps:
- We press the magnifying glass next to the Start button and write Control Panel.
- We select the first option that comes out to enter this part of Windows.
- Next, we click Network and Internetthen enter Center network and sharing.
- In the left panel, click on Change adapter settings.
- We right-click on our active WiFi adapter and select Properties.
- At this moment we must click on Set up.
- Now you have to click on the tab Advanced Options.
- In the section Propertywe search and select Roaming Aggressiveness.
- We will see how on the right part of the screen it indicates that the Roaming Aggressiveness is set to Medium.
- Click on the drop down menu and select 5. Medium-Highthen click on To accept.
Now we close all open windows and restart the computer.
Once it has restarted, it will be time to configure the PC to search for other networks when it is still connected to the current network. This is how you do it:
- We press the keys Windows + R and the window will open Run.
- We wrote ncpa.cpl and click on To accept to open the dialog Network connections.
- We right click on our WiFi adapter and select Condition.
- Next, click on Wireless Properties.
- In the dialog connectionswe mark the option Search for other wireless networks while connected to this network.
- For the changes to take effect, all you have to do is click on To accept.
With everything we have just done, the computer will jump to another network, as long as it detects that it has more strength than the one we are connected to.
This will mean that from now on we will be able to notice how it frequently jumps from one network to another, especially if we carry a laptop and we are moving.
Although we have marked a level of roaming aggressiveness, it is best that you experiment yourself among the different options that it allows you to configure, to select the one that is the most appropriate to what you are looking for.
Switch networks with Wifinian
If the native Windows way doesn’t quite convince you or it seems excessively complicated, you can always use a third party application to get it to do exactly the same thing that we have been telling you.
This utility can be wifiniansince it allows you to actively control all the WiFi connections that reach your computer, with a fairly simple interface to handle.
Using the app, we can not only set up automatic connection and switching for WiFi networks, but it also allows us to perform a scan, run an automatic connection based on signal strength, and organize a wireless profile based on priorities.
To achieve the purpose that concerns us today, which is none other than to change WiFi networks automatically, we must perform the following steps:
- We go to the Microsoft Store for download and install Wifinian on our Windows computer.
- Once we have installed it, we will see how it appears in the taskbar.
- We click on the Wifinian icon so that the application starts.
- Automatically, will scan and display all available WiFi profiles.
- We only have to click on the button automatic connection and then click Auto switchto allow the app to automatically choose and connect to the strongest WiFi network when available.
- As simple as that.
Now that you know the two best ways to always have the strongest Wi-Fi network available on your computer, you should get a much more stable user experience.
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