A slow internet connection is one of the most frustrating things you can experience in the modern world. If you’re stuck with a slow internet connection, you might be looking for a way to change things.
Luckily, there are some proven steps you can follow to improve the speed of your internet.
In fact, if you keep reading, you’ll learn exactly what you can to do achieve a good internet speed, that will help you do what you want to do.
Double Check Your Router
Before you spend money on changing your internet service provider, you first need to take a look at the router you are using. In some cases, a slow internet speed is caused by the router. If you are using an old router, you might want to look into replacing it.
If you do not know which router to buy, you can often use online reviews to help you figure out which one is best.
Even if your router was supplied to you by your internet service provider, you can still end up with a low-quality router. There is a chance that the router itself is faulty. In that case, you can contact your internet service provider and let them know you need a replacement.
However, if the replacement doesn’t work either, you should think about buying a new router. This new router should be made by a well-known brand.
Make sure the company you buy the router from, has a good return policy. This will help protect you in case the router is no good or if it is faulty.
Think About Using a Different Internet Service Provider
If you’ve updated your router and your connection is still poor, think about using a different internet service provider.
Before you do this, make sure you check the speed of your internet connection, compared with what you should be getting.
You can do this by using internet speed test services such as the Speedtest website. If there is a large disparity between the two figures, you should definitely think about switching providers.
Finding a new provider can be tricky. If you find a provider that looks promising, double check that they will be able to service your area. If they do service your area, make sure they can supply you with the kind of internet connection you want.
For example, suppose you want fiber internet. There are a select few providers that offer this kind of internet. These providers will only service particular areas.
On top of that, they’ll often only be able to provide this kind of internet connection, to a subset of the areas they are able to serve. You especially might be affected by this if you live in a rural area.
If you read reviews of an internet service provider, be cautious about the kind of content you consume.
Make sure you pay attention to the reviews that are based on people from your specific area. You also need to make sure they are signing up for the same kind of ‘package’ as you. If you’re struggling to find a reputable company, these service providers should get you going in the right direction.
Different internet service providers are going to offer different kinds of packages. Make sure you know what your needs are ahead of time, so you invest in the right package.
If you want to use your internet for gaming, then you will likely need a high-speed internet connection. If you are looking to download a lot of high-quality movies, you will need to make sure you have a suitable ‘data allowance.’
Inspect Your Computer
If you’ve made all the changes we’ve discussed so far and your internet is still slow – your computer might be to blame.
Make sure you have enough free hard disk space on your computer. Low levels of ‘free storage’ can sometimes cause a computer to operate more slowly than it should.
In some cases, it can be a good idea to do a complete restore of your computer. This will make is it so that your computer is almost in factory condition, installed software and storage capacity. If you are going to do this, make sure you backup your files using a cloud storage solution.
If, after restoring your computer the connection is still poor, try using an ethernet connection. You will need a special wire that connects your computer to your laptop to make this work.
A ‘wired’ connection will let you know if the problem is with the WiFi. More specifically, you will be able to tell if the issue is down to the WiFi signal not being able to transmit properly within the house. If your computer works well with a wired connection, you will need to invest in WiFi extenders.
WiFi extenders will help strengthen the signal in your house. Compared to the cost of a router, they are relatively inexpensive. You will need to make sure you strategically place these extenders in your house.
If none of this works, you may need to invest in a new computer. This can be hard to hear, but by choosing to upgrade you will be able to avoid all the frustration you are currently experiencing.
Finally a Good Internet Speed?
With a good internet speed, it will feel as though your computer is able to load things almost instantly.
In this post, we’ve taken a look at some of the things you can do to improve a sluggish internet speed. You need to investigate your router. You also need to research internet service providers that can improve your speeds.
You might even need to upgrade your computer. After all, if you’ve done everything else and you are still experiencing slow connections, the only other thing left to do is invest in a new piece of kit!
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