Optimize your Wi-Fi network

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Are you having difficulties with your Wi-Fi network or simply want to optimize it? Our articles will help you find simple solutions .

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How to connect a device to the wireless network

To connect a device to the Wi-Fi network, you will need to make sure the device's Wi-Fi connection is turned on and then check if there are any available Wi-Fi networks.

Find the name of the wireless network which is indicated on the label affixed to the router supplied by Oricom Internet. The configuration and connection information is shown on this label of which here is a picture.

Note: Always use the 5 GHz network if your device is compatible.

iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

  1. Go to " Settings ", then " Wi-Fi ".
  2. Slide the Wi-Fi switch to the on position (green light). Your device will then automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks.
  3. Select the name of your wireless network to connect your device.

MAC

  1. Click on the “ Wi-Fi menu ” icon and select “ Turn on Wi-Fi ”.
  2. Select the “ Wi-Fi menu ” icon and then your wireless network name.

Android

  1. Open the menu of " Settings " and tap " Connections ", then " Wi-Fi ".
  2. Slide the Wi-Fi switch to the on position (green light). Your device will then automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks.
  3. Connect to your wireless network name.

Windows

  1. Make sure the Wi-Fi connection is turned on.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi icon in the notification area at the bottom right.
  3. Select your wireless network name and click on “ Connect ”.

Are you having trouble with your Wi-Fi network or simply want to understand how to optimize it?

Here are articles that will help you identify the source of the problem and apply our recommendations:

I don't see my Wi-Fi network in the network list

Here are the steps to take when you don't see your Wi-Fi network in the list of available networks.

  1. Check if the Wi-Fi network is displayed on other devices. If other devices can see and connect to the network, it may indicate a problem with the first device.
  2. Make sure the router is turned on and plugged in to the correct power supply. (The voltage and amperage on the appliance label should match the voltage and amperage on the power supply label).
  3. Make sure the Wi-Fi function is enabled on the router. (Some routers have a button to turn Wi-Fi on or off).
  4. Restart the router. (Unplug the power supply cable and plug it back in after 10 seconds).

Note: Please avoid pressing the " RESET " button on the router, in order to avoid it being restored to its factory configuration. This type of restoration implies that the name of the Wi-Fi network and its password will be changed.

If the problem persists, we invite you to contact technical support at 418 683-4557 or 1 866 967-4266.

How to configure my Wi-Fi network in my router

Here are the steps to configure your wireless network in your router.

  1. Connect the computer to the Wi-Fi network or to one of the router's " LAN " ports.
  2. Open your web browser.
  3. Go to your router's configuration page. The default address for most routers is: 192.168.0.1
  4. Choose the option for the " wireless " configuration in the menu.
  5. Enter the name you want to give to your network in the “ wireless network name ” (or “ SSID ”) box.
  6. Choose " WPA2 " as the security type.
  7. Enter the password of your choice in the box provided. It is recommended to put numbers, capital letters and special characters for more security.
  8. Press the button that allows you to save the changes.

Note: For security reasons, it is recommended to change the administrator password of the router for more security.

Slow speed on the Wi-Fi network

Even if you subscribe to an Oricom high speed Internet package, it is possible that one of your Wi-Fi devices or equipment is not making the most of your Internet connection.

To find out if the speed of your Oricom connection corresponds to your package, take our speed test: speed test. If the test results are not as expected, check the following:

  1. Assess the router environment:
    • Make sure the router is in a ventilated area, that it is set up on a table or shelf, and that devices are not stacked.
    • Move the router away from devices that cause interference. (Ex: microwave oven, baby monitor, speakers, home cordless telephones).
    • Check that the router is plugged in with the correct power supply. (The voltage and amperage on the appliance label should match those on the power supply label).
  2. Test the speed with a recent device . Some devices from previous generations only support the 2.4GHz frequency band, which is slower and more susceptible to interference than the 5GHz band.
  3. Turn off or disconnect all other devices to ensure that there is no background bandwidth usage during your test.
  4. Ideally, connect to the 5GHz network . (The routers configured by Oricom bear the mention 5GHz in the network name (SSID) in order to easily identify them).
  5. Test the speed while getting close to the router as well as in different places of your home. The Wi-Fi signal degrades with distance and some materials such as concrete or aluminum can reduce the Wi-Fi signal. If necessary, a better performing router or Wi-Fi repeater could improve the range and signal coverage.
  6. Change the Wi-Fi channel ("channel"). If there is a lot of interference, another channel may provide better results. It is possible to change it from the router's configuration page.
  7. If you have several routers or signal repeaters, you must disconnect from the repeater with a weak signal in order to be able to connect to equipment with a stronger signal.
  8. Test with a different device. Performance may vary from device to device.
  9. Restart the router . (Unplug the power supply cable and plug it back in after 10 seconds).

To better understand Wi-Fi technology, you can read the article: Wi-Fi 101. If the problem persists, you can contact technical support at 1-866-967-4266.

Loss of connection to the Wi-Fi network

Disconnections from the Wi-Fi network can have different explanations. On this page you will find the main causes and possible solutions.

The router environment

  1. Make sure the router is in a ventilated area, placed on a table or shelf, and that devices are not stacked.
  2. Move the router away from devices that cause interference. (Ex: microwave oven, baby monitor, speakers, home cordless telephones).
  3. Check that the router is plugged in with the correct power supply. (The voltage and amperage on the appliance label should match those on the power supply label).

Signal strength and range

The Wi-Fi signal deteriorates with distance, and it may not be strong enough in different places in your home. In some situations, the router is not enough to cover the entire home.

  1. Check the strength of the wireless signal by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner of your screen. In the example, the "your SSID" network has a signal at full capacity.
  2. Among the free solutions to a weak signal, you can:
    • Move the device to get a better signal
    • Move the router to change its coverage
    • Remove sources of interference and obstacles between the router and the device
  3. Sometimes moving devices is not an option. In this situation, the solution is to get one or more devices to increase the Wi-Fi coverage:
    • Wi-Fi repeaters - These are used to rebroadcast the Wi-Fi signal from your home router. The main downside is that your devices won't automatically switch between Wi-Fi broadcasts and you will experience disconnection during a manual switchover.
    • Mesh Wi-Fi - It uses multiple nodes to create one large, continuous Wi-Fi network that covers your entire home. Your devices automatically and continuously connect to the nearest node as you move around your home. This solution is generally more expensive.

Comparison of devices used to increase Wi-Fi coverage

Device Benefits Disadvantages
WiFi repeaters
  • A simple solution to extend your home's Wi-Fi signal.
  • Plugs directly into a power outlet.
  • More affordable.
  • You must manually switch to the extender network.
  • Not ideal for larger homes.
  • More difficult to configure.
Wi-Fi Mesh
  • One large continuous Wi-Fi network for your entire home.
  • You don't need to manually switch to another network.
  • Automatically organizes to keep you connected to the nearest node with the strongest Wi-Fi signal.
  • Reliable even in the event of a node failure.
  • The nodes can be moved to other places.
  • Just add more nodes to increase your Wi-Fi signal coverage.
  • Easier to configure and control through a phone app.
  • More expensive than repeaters.
  • Nodes do not plug directly into a wall outlet like repeaters.
Wi-Fi 101

Wi-Fi is part of our daily life. It allows us to use Internet connections from various smart devices. This technology uses radio signals of a certain frequency to communicate with our devices and connect them to the Internet without having to go through a wired connection.

There are many factors that can affect the speed of your Internet connection, including:

  • The speed of the website you are downloading information from (unfortunately we have no control over this)
  • The devices used to connect
  • Sources of interference
  • The frequency band you are connected to (2.4GHz or 5GHz)
  • Signal coverage
  • Bandwidth usage

The devices used

You have probably noticed that not all of your equipment offers the same performance. Each device has a Wi-Fi standard that represents the maximum speed that the device can achieve.

Older equipment, such as smartphones and tablets from previous generations, will experience slower speeds. In some cases, equipment can only connect to the 2.4GHz frequency band which is slower and more susceptible to interference than the 5GHz band.

Sources of interference

Some building materials and other objects between your router and your mobile devices can affect signal strength, either because they cause interference or because they obstruct it. If possible, try to use your device with a clear view of your router.

There may be signal interference due to traffic on your wireless network, your neighbors' Wi-Fi network, or other sources of interference.

Examples of interference source Examples of obstacles to Wi-Fi waves
  • Neighboring Wi-Fi networks
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Baby monitor
  • Microwave oven
  • Construction materials (concrete, aluminum, etc.)
  • Heated floors
  • Mirrors
  • Windows

2.4GHz vs 5GHz

It is possible to connect to a 5GHz or 2.4GHz frequency band. Some older devices can only connect to the 2.4GHz band.

Frequency band affects sensitivity to interference, signal range and performance.

Sensitivity to interference :
A 5 ​​GHz network is less likely to have interference problems because many devices such as Bluetooth® devices, cordless phones, microphones waves, and computers use the frequency of 2.4 GHz.

Range :
The 5 GHz band has a shorter range which allows a shorter distance to be covered than with the 2.4 GHz band.

Signal performance :
The 5GHz band uses shorter radio waves, which provides better speed and stability.

Applications :
The 2.4 GHz band is suitable for easy navigation and for sending emails. These apps don't take up too much bandwidth and perform well at a greater distance.

The 5 GHz band has a wider wireless spectrum, resulting in more meaningful performance. This is why the 5GHz band is recommended for streaming media and transferring music, photos, and videos.

  2.4 GHz 5 GHz
Types of use Email, instant messaging, web browsing Video streaming, video games
Range and speed Greater range and lower speed Less range, but better speed
Interference More sensitive to interference Less susceptible to interference

Signal coverage and range

Wi-Fi repeater and Mesh Wi-Fi Network
In some situations, a single router is not enough to cover the entire home. Some devices can be purchased to increase Wi-Fi coverage. Wi-Fi repeaters and Wi-Fi Mesh can both improve signal coverage in your home.

Mesh Wi-Fi uses multiple nodes to create a single, large, continuous Wi-Fi network that covers your entire home. Your devices automatically and continuously connect to the nearest node as you move around your home.

Device Benefits Disadvantages
WiFi repeaters
  • A simple solution to extend your home's Wi-Fi signal.
  • Plugs directly into a power outlet.
  • More affordable.
  • You must manually switch to the extender network.
  • Not ideal for larger homes.
  • More difficult to configure.
Wi-Fi Mesh
  • One large continuous Wi-Fi network for your entire home.
  • You don't need to manually switch to another network.
  • Automatically organizes to keep you connected to the nearest node with the strongest Wi-Fi signal.
  • Reliable even in the event of a node failure.
  • Nodes can be moved to other places.
  • Just add more nodes to increase your Wi-Fi signal coverage.
  • Easier to configure and control via a phone app.
  • More expensive than repeaters.
  • Nodes do not plug directly into a wall outlet like repeaters.

Bandwidth usage

Speed drops are possible if your plan is not sufficient for your needs or if several users are using your Internet access simultaneously.

Some of the devices connected to the Wi-Fi network may also be using Internet access in the background.

Here are some examples of background bandwidth usage:

  • Operating system update
  • Smart TV software update
  • Updating applications
  • Synchronization of photo albums
  • Online hosting (Cloud)

Some Internet services require more bandwidth than others. Here are some approximate usage examples of some Internet services:

Type of service Bandwidth used
YouTube
  • UHD 4K: 6 à 10 Mbps
  • 1080p: 4.5 Mbps
  • 720p: 2.5 Mbps
  • 480p: 2 Mbps
Music streaming (Streaming)
  • High audio quality: 320 Kbps
  • Average audio quality: 96 Kbps
Streaming Video (Non-YouTube Streaming)
  • High video quality: 5 Mbps
  • Average video quality: 2.5 Mbps
  • Low video quality: 256 Kbps
Video Conferencing (Skype, Facetime and others)
  • 7 People: 8 Mbps
  • 5 People: 4 Mbps
  • 3 people: 2 Mbps

If our articles were not able to resolve your connection issue, or if you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Technical Support at 418 683-4557 or 1 866 967-4266.

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