When it comes to the internet, faster is what we all want. In today’s households, we usually find various devices that all need to connect to the internet. If we add in your remote work’s bandwidth demands on top of that, the result is slower speeds and interruptions. This affects not only your entertainment but also your ability to work efficiently.
This could be a problem on either your end or your provider’s end. But don’t worry, if your provider’s technical support is telling you that your line’s fine, you can usually sort this out with a few quick fixes. Let’s find out how you can speed up your broadband!
Understand what your broadband speed should be
This is step one. When you signed up for a plan with your ISP it no doubt quoted you an average speed in Mbps (Megabits per second). All you have to do is to do a speed check and compare.
Restart your router and make sure it’s in the right position
Next thing you can do is simply switch your router off, leave it for a few seconds, then turn it back on again and run another speed test. Similarly, you can turn off the Wi-Fi on all your devices and wait for a bit before reconnecting. A quick restart is often the most effective way of getting your internet running smoothly again.
You need to make sure your router is positioned in the perfect spot – free from walls and obstructions. For maximum coverage, put it higher up and more centrally in your home. Avoid hiding it in a corner or cupboard.
In addition, check with your provider to see if your router is still fit for purpose. Older routers may not be capable of delivering faster broadband speeds and you may need an upgrade.
Use a Wi-Fi Extender
If you have placed your router in the best possible location but you’re still experiencing a poor internet connection, you may need to add extra devices to take your WiFi signal and extend it over a longer distance. Smaller homes and flats can generally get by with one router, but if you are in a larger house a Wi-Fi extender can make a big difference. Don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to set up.
Disconnect the WiFi on devices you’re not using
The more devices attached to your Wi-Fi, the slower the internet speed will be on each one. So, if you have too many devices connected at once, consider disconnecting unnecessary ones to help provide more bandwidth for those you need most.
Check that your computer isn’t the problem
Similarly, there are lots of applications on your computer that could be using the internet – Windows updates, security scans and updates, and open website tabs – which can all affect your internet speed. Close all apps and programmes you’re not using and are running in the background. Sometimes what you think is a slow Wi-Fi connection could just be a slow browser.
Always check if you’re using the latest version of your web browser – newer versions provide better security and work faster.
Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?
If you find that your connection is still slow, or simply want to upgrade to a faster package, you could switch to a different broadband provider. Start by contacting a new provider, or ask your existing provider to upgrade you. Broadband comparison websites such as Broadband Genie or U Switch are great places to find deals and reviews.
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