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Spending: Speed up your home Wi-Fi

If web pages load at glacial speeds and videos keep buffering, it's time to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi network. Start by measuring your connection's actual download and upload speeds; you can put it to the test at If there's a wide discrepancy between the service you pay for and what you're receiving, contact your provider. If the test results vary drastically between, say, your laptop and your spouse's, check for software, driver or operating system updates on the slow device.

Next, focus on the router. Check your device for the numbers "802.11" and the letter or letters that follow. Routers marked...