Wondering how to make Verizon hotspot faster? Well, there are a few things you can try at home and some of them will definitely increase the speed of your hotspot, regardless of the device you’re using.
Make sure to stick by the end of this post to perform a speed test and check the real results.
To speed up a Verizon hotspot, first, you’ll need to make sure that you’re using the faster 5Ghz network. Then you can restart ALL devices included in the setup and try to relive the usage by disabling any VPN software and connected devices. If the issue is still there, focus on your subscription plan or contact Verizon customer support.
That was a small peak of what we’ll be doing next so let’s jump into all of these methods in detail and help you fasten your Verizon hotspot.
It is important to understand whether there is a power outage in your local area or not.
After all, we’re speaking about cellular connection so if there is a thunderstorm or furious weather you’ll need to wait that out and test your speeds then.
If this is not the case, let’s start with the first method.
If you are already connected to the hotspot device, then you should consider moving closer to it.
Being too far away might result in slow hotspot connection and even outages sometimes whenever you completely over exceed the regular WiFi range.
You must ensure that you’re in at least 5 meters of proximity within the device to get a good hotspot signal. In addition, it is recommended to have a clear line of sight with the hotspot device for the best wireless performance.
If your hotspot is slow from time to time, it is possible that your device is going through some glitches.
This is why before continuing further, it is recommended to reboot both your hotspot device and the WiFi receiver.
Follow these steps to reboot your mobile device:
- Exit to the device’s home page.
- From the quick menu, disable the cellular coverage.
- Hold the power button of the device until a slider appears.
- Turn off your device and after several minutes, turn it on again using the power button.
Note: Whether you’re using another smartphone or Verizon hotspot device, make sure to power cycle it as well, by cutting off its power entirely.
Once your device has booted, turn on the cellular service and check if the hotspot speeds are increased.
If the delay or latency is still there, then there could be a device consuming a large portion of your network data at once. Let’s find out!
The hotspot could be turning slow if there is any type of interference.
As you probably know, the hotspot speed depends on your cellular coverage and if the cellular coverage is at 1 or 2 bars, your hotspot speed won’t be so good.
Here are some recommendations to remove interference:
- Make sure no solid objects or WiFi devices are located near your device and the network device.
- Ensure the hotspot device is in an open area (in a central room spot).
- Stop any VPN software.
- Disconnect ALL other devices from the hotspot WiFi.
This is just a small part of how to make Verizon hotspot quicker and to learn the most effective methods, keep reading.
If your hotspot is running on 2.4GHz no wonders your connectivity is slow. 2.4GHz networks are usually better at traveling than the 5GHz, and the signal strength is higher.
As far as the speed, well your 5GHz network can support up to 200Mb internet speed.
So if you’re using a 2.4Ghz network, here is how to change it:
- Go to the Settings of your hotspot device and click on Connections.
- Go to Mobile hotspot and Tethering.
- Select Mobile hotspot and click on the three dots on top of the screen.
- Select Configure mobile hotspot and enter the advanced tab.
- Choose Use 5GHz band when possible.
Every time your device is in coverage and is able to use the 5GHz network, it will and this will boost your hotspot skyrocket high. Try downloading/uploading when connected to the 5GHz network to see the difference.
Note: If your receiver device does not support a 5GHz network and this is not a solution for you, keep reading to boost your 2.4Ghz network even further.
By now you should have started to realize whether the problem is with your devices or it is something else. The next step would be to inspect your data plan and check whether you’ve got available internet data or not.
If you’re using the unlimited plan or there is data available, let’s optimize your device to speed up your hotspot:
- Make sure the receiver device is not downloading/uploading or streaming.
- Make sure the hotspot device is not downloading/uploading or streaming.
- Close ALL open applications.
- Forget WiFi and then connect over to the receiver device.
Once ready with the recommendations above carry out a speed test to determine whether the problem is still there or not. If the issue still persists there is only one more thing you can do so let’s check what.
If you’ve applied ALL of the previous methods and nothing managed to speed your network, it’s time to reach out to Verizon customer service and ask for help.
By now you can be confident that you’ve done everything that depends on you.
Don’t forget to share with the Verizon team what you’ve tried in this post to avoid applying the same steps over again.
In case you’re using one of the Verizon hotspot devices, let’s take a look at how you can speed up the hotspot even further.
In case you’re using the Verizon Jetpack, MiFi, or Orbic receiver, there are quite a few things you can try to boost the hotspot speed:
- Make sure the device is in a considerable range from you.
- Check the device’s network coverage.
- Ensure you’re within a service area.
- Reboot the device.
- Charge the device.
- Refresh the hotspot signal.
- Restart your Own device.
Once you’re ready with these steps, go to a free internet speed test and check if there is an improvement. If yes, congratulations, the steps have worked!
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To fix the Verizon hotspot, avoid using multimedia, keep a low amount of devices connected and switch from 2.4GHz to 5GHz or vice versa. You might as well try rebooting your own device, removing any interference, and if nothing works get in touch with Verizon support.
If you’re now familiar with how to make Verizon hotspot faster then our post has fulfilled its intentions.
If not, then Verizon customer service would know what to do or at least provide you with the next steps in the troubleshooting process.
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.