The need for speed has gone beyond things like car and motorcycle racing. Today’s internet users also want high speed when they are online, especially when they download huge files or play online games. For them, a slow internet connection is no-no.
It can actually be very frustrating when our Internet slows down, especially when downloading even a document file is at a snail’s pace. Even though we signed up for a certain internet or broadband speed, we don’t really get what we were promised all the time.
If your ISP or ISP can’t do anything to increase your speed, you can do the following:
Check the firmware and / or driver of the router or modem – Sometimes it’s a modem, router or even a network adapter that is causing it to slow down. The firmware or driver for your modem or router may be out of date, requiring some updating. The companies that manufacture these devices are always finding ways to improve the performance of their products by updating the software that comes with them. A simple driver or firmware update can do wonders in increasing your internet speed.
Improve your access point – Sometimes the connection is slower when the computer in use is not connected directly to a broadband network but is connected via Wi-Fi instead. If you live in a densely populated city, there may be many Wi-Fi installations nearby that may be causing interference. If this is the cause of your slow connection, try changing your router’s channel. Check their manual for how to do this.
Clean your machine – Sometimes the cause of slow speeds is nasty viruses, spyware or malware on your computer. Get rid of these criminals by running your antivirus program. You should also clear your browser of cookies, cache, and browsing history. Doing these simple things can actually help you improve your Internet speed.
Call your ISP – When you are done but still are not getting the speed you want, contact your broadband service provider to run connection tests. The problem could be with the line or somewhere on the network. They can run these tests from the very end by simply pressing buttons.
Make sure you get what you paid for by following these tips to boost your home broadband speed and make internet use something you’ll enjoy, not despise.