There are days when the internet speed just goes down unexpectedly or can be very buggy. But every time you go and call your internet service provider, they say everything’s fine and dandy. Well that can’t be right. This is all very frustrating especially when you’re trying to be productive.
So before you go and call your provider, make sure you check everything on this list of things you can do on your own to improve and amp up your internet connection in a home setup.
- Find out what your maximum speed and download allowance is. Your connection might have a download or cap limit that you are not aware of. Also, some ISP can slow down your connection due to traffic management. Read your broadband policy and make sure your slow speed is not caused by any of that.
- Do not use extension cables. Internet connection degrades the farther you are from the telephone line or the router. It’s best to connect your router directly to your computer. If you really have to use extension cables, get the high quality ones that will not degrade your connection.
- Always use short cables. Tangled cables and telephone lines can cause electric interference that may interrupt your connection.
- Make sure your router and cables are free of any interference. Turn off any electrical devices near your router and along the cable lines or just store your router away from any other devices.
- Opt to use an Ethernet cable over wireless internet. Wireless is generally slower than a wired connection because it is more susceptible to interference. The layout of your house can also affect wireless internet speeds. You can test for yourself by switching back and forth from wired to wireless.
- If you really have to use wireless internet, make sure there are no other wireless networks in the area that are interfering with yours. If there are other networks, change to a channel no one else is using to get the best wireless performance. There are resources online that can teach you how to change channels or you can ask your ISP to do it for you.
- Check for any program that might be running in the background. Background applications could be silently doing its own thing like upgrading software or sending information to its website. This can hog up your connection. Make sure all unnecessary applications are turned off.
- Keep your computer clean from viruses. Viruses and worms can also hog up your internet connection.
- Upgrade your router and cables. Cables degrade over time and routers are always upgraded with faster ones. There are also fibre optic cables available that offer superior internet speeds.
- When nothing else works, ask your ISP to upgrade your broadband service.