Published on November 10th, 2019 | by Sumit Bhowal0
How To Increase Your Internet Speed
We all want our internet to be the fastest possible. With the increase in availability of online streaming and gaming, it makes sense. If you are suffering from a lagging connection, however, you will want to boost the speeds to the best level possible and get yourself up and running again.
- Improve your internet connection. The first thing to check is your internet connection. You pay your ISP for a set amount of speed each month, but see if what you are getting is in line with what you are paying for. Do a speed test and confirm that is the case. If not, call your ISP’s customer service and troubleshoot what is going on in order to improve your Internet connection.
- Where are your devices located? If your modem or router is not centrally located in your space, you will never get the best speeds possible. The location should be centralized to reach all of the devices within your network without hindrance.
- Upgrade your devices. Once you know your internet is alright, you might want to check on your devices. If you have had your modem or router for several years, you are likely due for an upgrade. The biggest culprit of slow internet is an obsolete modem. Also make sure that the devices are compatible with your internet service.
- Confirm your safety. Could your computer have any viruses or malware on it that is slowing you down? You should be doing regular scans for viruses and malware regardless and you should have security up to filter out anything bad that is trying to get through.
- Program drain. Some programs on your computer can also interfere with your internet speeds. Check to see what devices are open and running on any device, whether wireless or not, and confirm there is no drain. Most routers and modems should allow you to see what is actively connected to them and if a certain device is hogging all of the bandwidth.
- Wire it in. While Wi-Fi is important for smartphones, laptops, and tablets, it is not the only option. If you have an HDTV or a game console that you use, you can wire these devices in directly to your router. Then the connection is completely uninterrupted and you are getting the best speeds possible.
- Look for interference. Electromagnetic interference is also a cause of slow down. Devices like sound systems or microwaves can cause electromagnetic interference. You can thwart this by moving the speakers and moving any device that is near your modem or router.
- Keep it updated. Your modem and router’s companies will often be putting out firmware and software updates. If you have two separate devices, you will need to check for both devices separately for updates. If you have a combination device, you will need to confirm that the device is updated as well. Updates can be bug fixes or efficiency fixes. Either way, you should not ignore them when they are recommended.
- Reboot it. This mind sound a little bit silly, but sometimes rebooting your devices can give them enough of a reset to function more efficiently. Sometimes there is a cache hidden within the router or modem that needs to be cleaned out.
- Reconfigure your devices. This should be a last resort. You can reconfigure your devices’ settings and put them back to the factory standard that they were set at. Doing this will undo all of your settings which can be a bit of a headache, but it also might wipe out anything that was in your settings causing a delay.