Is your internet connection speed giving you headaches? The following tips might help you get a higher speed, so try all of them before you decide it’s your internet providers fault.
Turn Off or Disconnect All Devices You’re Not Using at the Moment
How many of your devices are currently connected to your network? Do you know whether they are actively using it even if you’re not using them?
The most common culprit behind low internet connection speeds is your computer. Most updates that require a restart will be downloaded and applied while you are AFK (away from your keyboard.) So if you’re watching a movie in the other room and your PC is still turned on, chances are, it’s downloading updates. Turning it off will free your bandwidth from the additional strain, and you’ll be able to watch the movie without being interrupted by buffering.
Find a Better Spot for Your Wi-Fi Router
If you notice that your internet connection speed drops at certain areas of your home, your Wi-Fi signal is probably not strong enough at those places. Always have your Wi-Fi router closest to those devices you need the most speed from.
Use Range Extenders or Wi-Fi Repeaters
If your devices are scattered across your entire house or even on different floors, your best bet is to use ethernet range extenders or Wi-Fi repeaters.
A Wi-Fi repeater will repeat the signal at the strength that’s available at its location, and it will transmit it on the same channel, which causes bandwidth loss. Some can repeat the signal on a different channel, so it reduces this loss.
An ethernet range extender typically uses ethernet cables and power sockets to extend the range with minimal loss and is usually the best solution for devices that require a cable connection to your router, such as your smart TV or gaming consoles.
Use a VPN
If your internet slows down at peak times, you might be a victim of bandwidth throttling by your ISP. This is typically done when there’s congestion on their network, but there are other reasons why throttling might happen – for example, some ISPs might use throttling only toward a certain type of websites or content. While highly controversial, it is currently still legal.
To prevent these occurrences, you might want to invest in a virtual private network (VPN) – a VPN network encrypts all the traffic and makes it impossible for your ISP to read what kind of websites or services you are accessing. VPNs also helps improve your network security too, so there is an added bonus.
Check ISP for Better Deals
Sometimes it really is your internet service provider (ISP) that’s just not good enough anymore. If your current internet package isn’t enough, you might want to check whether your ISP has any better deals for you. Chances are, you can upgrade services without paying too much. If there are no deals, you might want to look for another option. Make sure to check internet service reviews to make sure they don’t enforce throttling or have data caps.
Everyone deserves to have a high-quality internet connection. While some issues might be caused by issues with your router or too many devices downloading at the same time, other times, you just have to search for a better ISP.