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You’re not alone: Even the Obamas can’t get good Wi-Fi

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By Aamna Mohdin
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Even the US president’s official residence has Wi-Fi problems.

Barack Obama moaned about the White House’s Wi-Fi coverage in an interview with CBS’s Super Bowl pre-game show. “This is an old building so there’s a lot of dead spots where the Wi-Fi doesn’t work… no, actually it’s an issue,” Obama explains.

Michelle Obama agreed, adding that their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, get “frustrated sometimes.” Obama hopes to fix the “whole tech thing” for “the next group of folks” who will move in.

Obama—perhaps the first techie president, borrowing iPhones to tweet and getting his own secure BlackBerry and iPad—traditionally does the interview before the Super Bowl. Michelle joined him for the interview this year, where the couple discussed their Super Bowl routine and the snacks they eat, which include pizza, nachos, and a “little vegetable tray that no one touches.”

The Obamas aren’t alone; many people will be familiar with similar Wi-Fi woes. While there’s not much you can do about signal congestion—sorry, city dwellers—there are a few tricks to improving your Wi-Fi speed.

  • Password protect your network. It’ll prevent unauthorized people from using your Wi-Fi and thus slowing down the connection. Also, make sure you use a strong-password, as routers are easy to hack.

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