Improving the internet connection on a solar PV system typically involves optimizing the connectivity of devices that rely on the internet, such as inverters and Dongles. Here are some steps you can take to enhance your internet connection:
- Position your Wi-Fi router: If your solar PV system has devices that connect to the internet via Wi-Fi, the placement of your Wi-Fi router can significantly impact the signal strength. Position it in a central location and away from obstructions like walls or large metal objects. Elevating the router can also improve coverage. This is the easiest and least cost effective approach.
- Use a Wi-Fi range extender or mesh network: If your solar devices are located far from the router and experiencing weak signals, consider using Wi-Fi range extenders or a mesh network. These devices can help extend the range of your Wi-Fi network and ensure a more stable connection throughout your property. An example of a such a device is a TP-Link.
- Upgrade your router: If your current router is outdated, upgrading to a newer model with improved capabilities can lead to better performance and more reliable connections.
- Check for interference: Other electronic devices, appliances, or neighboring Wi-Fi networks may cause interference with your Wi-Fi signal. Make sure your router is using a less crowded Wi-Fi channel and consider using the 5 GHz band for faster and less congested connections.
- Use wired connections: If possible, connect critical devices like solar inverters or monitoring systems directly to the router using Ethernet cables. Wired connections are generally more stable and less susceptible to interference than wireless connections. A CAT5 cable may be required. SolarShare can perform such an installation.
- Update firmware and software: Ensure that both your router and the devices connected to it have the latest firmware and software updates. Manufacturers often release updates that can improve performance and security. If you're ensure how to check this or how to upgrade your firmware, reach out to your installer. Depending on your inverter manufacturer, they might be able to upgrade the firmware remotely.