Are you wondering why your Internet connection seems to be slow all the time? Most probably, like many other people, you are suffering from one (or a combination) of issues. Unfortunately, there is no single one solution to boosting your Internet speed.
Since your Internet speed is likely suffering due to several unrelated reasons, it is in your best interest to try as many solutions as possible. Below are three tips that may help. With each tip, it is recommended you run Internet speed tests to see whether there are any noticeable improvements to your speeds.
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1. Turn Off Unused Internet-connected Devices
Usually, unused internet-connected devices sip minimal amounts of bandwidth. However, if you have multiple smart TVs, tablets, phones, smart home devices, video game consoles and computers on your home network, all their individual data usage can easily add up, resulting in reduced available bandwidth.
Furthermore, devices you think are sitting idle are likely still using up some of your bandwidth. Most modern devices feature the capability to automatically download and install updates when available.
Plus, updates are not limited to system updates alone as there are also individual app updates and firmware updates. Some apps and computer programs, that for example log everything to a logger instance, are constantly sending out this information for backups.
Due to this, you likely have multiple devices running updates at the same time throughout the day. Now, try turning off most of your Internet-connected device and run internet speed tests to see if there is an uptick in download speeds. In addition, shutting a few always-on internet-connected devices also helps with buffering issues.
2. Move Your Wireless Router
Wireless routers send high-frequency radio signals in all directions, but the signals have a short range. Moreover, objects in their path can degrade the signal’s quality, reducing your overall Wi-Fi internet speeds.
The best way to improve the speeds is by relocating the router. If you normally use the internet close to the router, you are probably fine. However, if your router is hidden by objects and in a corner, your speed issues may be related to obstacles or distance.
In some cases, it is impossible to relocate the wireless router. However, you can always reduce the number of obstacles, especially those with metal, that are in your router signal’s direct path.
3. Reboot Router
Whenever your computer starts becoming sluggish, after running for a couple of days straight, the best course of action is to reboot it. Doing this helps remove the cached memory and kill unwanted background processes, resulting in a faster computer – until a backlog develops again.
Your wireless router is a small computer with background processes and that holds memory. The device will benefit from an occasional reset to get things running again smoothly. After the reset, the router will reconnect all data channels, resulting in a less-crowded, more efficient channel.
To reboot your wireless router effectively, remove the power cord and wait for about 15 to 30 seconds. Turn the device back on and wait for it to start broadcasting the connection again. Doing this, you will find that the router has effectively cleared and will show a marked speed boost.
Regardless of the method, you have used above, it is critical that you keep in mind that Internet speed is a complex subject. Various technologies need to integrate properly in order to offer you an improved connection to the web. If any of these technologies are not working right, you will definitely experience some drag to your internet speed, and getting to the exact cause will likely take some time.