Are you frustrated with your slow internet connection? I can understand how frustrating it is when you’re not being able to video chat with your friends, downloads gets too slow and you’re internet connection continues to lag when even you’re online. There’s a high chance that you’re like most of the other people who are suffering from one of many issues that could be slowing down your internet speed. There can be any issues such as many devices are connected to your network, wireless signal interface etc. If you’re case is similar, you need to take actions to speed up your internet connection. Thankfully, there are things you can do to fix your slow internet connection. In this article i will be giving you tips on how to speed up your internet connection. Here are 10 ways how you can troubleshoot, fix, or just survive a slow internet connection.
Check Your Internet speed
Before you take any actions to speed up your internet connection the first thing you need to do is check your internet connection. Your internet might be slow because you could be paying for the slow internet speed. Log into your ISP’s website and find out about the package you’re paying. After you find out about the Internet plan you’ve purchased head towards Fast.com to check your current internet speed. Run a internet speed test on the website and see if the number matches with the package you’ve purchased. If the number matches then you’re connection is perfectly fine and the only way to speed up is by upgrading your internet plan. If the numbers don’t match then there is problem with your internet connection which you can fix by the following ways.
Restart Your Router
Turning off and on is the first thing we do as soon as our device faces any problem because it sometimes fixes the problem. We do the same thing in this case. Restart your router by unplugging it and plugging it back in or you can also simply press the power button located at the back of the router. Then wait for at least a minute before turning your router back again. The router clears cached memory and any background processes you don’t need. In majority of the cases the restarting router method can do the trick.
Find a Good Spot For Your Router
Place your router in the same room you usually use internet. Don’t place your router in the corner of your room hidden behind many objects. Remove the objects specially the metals ones near the router because they might interfere with the signal provided with the router. Routers send out signals in all directions which are heavy but cover only short range. However, the signals can get blocked by the objects in their path. The objects specially the metal ones degrade the quality of the signal and reduce internet speed.
Install Antivirus Software
Your slow internet connection might be indicating malware on your computer which you ended up with downloading something that you probably shouldn’t had. Malware viruses get into your bandwidth and slow down your internet connection. If you’re not using a antivirus software then in addition with slowing down your internet speed you are putting you’re personal information in a great risk. I suggest you to install a antivirus software that will keep you safe from all kinds of viruses and protect your information’s.
Update Your Web Browser
Your internet speed varies according to the web browser. The web browser you use can make a difference in both upload and download speeds. Update your web browser to the newest version available. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the safest and fastest web browser you can use.
Clear Your Internet History
An extensive history, saved downloads, cookies and cached images can all contribute to a slower connection. Clearing cache and cookies can help you load the pages faster. To clear your history click on the three dots which you’ll find in the top right corner of google chrome. After you click on the dots you will see history option. Click on the history option and a new tab will open where you will see clear browsing data option on your left side of the screen. Click on it and all your history will be cleared. I recommend you to clear your saved passwords as well because storing your passwords in your browser isn’t secure.
In this generation of WiFi, the use of Ethernet is very low. Everyone prefers WiFi over Ethernet. WiFi is easy to use but the signals it spreads can get blocked by the devices and objects near it. As i have mentioned above also, the objects in its path degrade the quality of the internet signal and reduce the internet speed. It can also be a big problem if many people are using WiFi form a same network. All the traffic creates congestion that can slow your speeds. To get rid of all this WiFi problems you can use Ethernet. Since Ethernet cable are directly connected to your router it generally has faster maximum speeds and it isn’t subject to the same traffic that clogs up WiFi bandwidths.
Call Your Internet Service Provider
If your internet still doesn’t work how it is supposed to after trying all the tips given above then the final step you need to do is call your Internet service provider. Call your ISP and check whether if the problem is theirs and not yours. Don’t just yell at them assuming they have done something wrong. Treat them with respect and ask them to fix the internet problem only if the problem is on their end.
Any of the tips given above can solve your problem so don’t hesitate to try them all. After trying every method check your speed and see if the problem is solved. If I’ve left out any important tip then please let me know in the comment section below. Thank you for reading this article i hope it helped you.