If you’ve bought Internet service from a local provider in your area, and your speed still isn’t adequate for the tasks you perform online, there may be ways to improve your connection. These may be simple fixes, like improving the location of your router, or they may require a little more research and effort on your part.
Your Internet connection’s performance is normally linked to your provider. Check to see which Internet providers in your area have the fastest speeds. Typically, DSL and dial-up will offer speeds dramatically slower than you’d receive from cable or fiber-optic Internet providers.
If you’ve chosen a fast Internet provider for your home, and your speed still isn’t up to snuff, try these solutions:
Make sure there is no interference with your wireless router.
Sometimes, other electronics in your home can interfere with the signal of a high speed wireless router. If you use a router in your home along with other electronics, make sure the router is at a safe distance from these devices. For instance, keep your microwave and router in separate rooms. Check to make sure if speaking on your cordless phone is slowing down your Internet speed.
Try placing your router in a centralized location in your home, off the floor and away from thick or brick walls.
Upgrade your equipment.
If you’re using an old computer, chances are it may be slowing down your Internet speed. If your computer is operating slowly, it won’t matter how fast your Internet connection actually is. Your computer just won’t be able to keep up.
Also, upgrade your router if it’s significantly older than your current Internet plan. Some older routers are not capable of transmitting more modern speeds. They may also have weak antennae, making it harder for the signal to reach your devices. If you need to cover a large area, it may be necessary to install a repeater to rebroadcast your signal into another area of your home.
Check to see how many people are using your home Wi-Fi network.
If multiple people are online on the same network, this can slow down the connection for each user. This is especially true if someone is performing high-bandwidth tasks on the network, like downloading files or streaming video or music.
Also, keep your network password-protected to make sure that Internet users nearby aren’t leeching off your Internet connection. If you don’t password-protect your home network, you may never know how many people are online using your connection at the same time.