If you’re having problems with your Internet connection and want to fix it, we suggest you trying these 8 ways to increase your Internet speed.
1. Change The Place Of Your Router
If your router is in a closed area like closets, you should change its place in order to have better signals. Try to put your router in the center of your home and make sure that there is nothing around to dampen the router’s signal.
2. Make Sure That Your Router Is Up To Date
Having the recent version of the Wi-Fi specification is one of the best ways to get great performance out of your router. It used to be a dry technical nomenclature but the Wi-Fi alliance has made it easy to differentiate the newest technology. For example; Wi-Fi 6 is just coming out, Wi-Fi 5 is great, and Wi-Fi 4 is not able to cope with today’s demands.
3. Control Which Wi-Fi Channel You Are On
Routers use Wi-Fi channels in order to communicate with different devices around you. However, your router might be overlapping with the same channel as your neighbor’s. Therefore, it is better to check which channel you’re on and change it accordingly. We suggest you change your router preferences to automatic from manual. This way, your router will try to find the best channel to use. Also, newer Wi-Fi versions make use of different frequencies which means more unique channels are available.
4. Make A Second Wi-Fi Network
Having a Wi-Fi Extender is a great way to get the Wi-Fi signals from your router and rebroadcast it to the place where your extender is. For example; If you put your router in the living room, it might be harder to get signals from the living room to the farthest room. Therefore, putting a Wi-Fi Extender in that room can help you to have a better connection for that room. If it is possible, buy an access point and connect it using a cable. If the cable is not feasible, get a mesh Wi-Fi. It will get its connection from the Wi-Fi router and rebroadcast it to increase the range.
5. Try An Ethernet Cable
Especially make sure to use Ethernet cable for your desktops, if you want to have a better network connection. This way, your network will be faster and more stable for the device that you’re using because the network connection will not be affected by Wi-Fi interference.
6. Disconnect All The Unused Devices From Your Network
If you don’t have a better router, having many devices connected to your network might create a problem for the network connection. Therefore, it is always better to have a decrease in the number of devices that are connected to your router. This will help you to have a better network connection for the devices that you’re frequently using.
7. Check Your Device/Laptop
If you’re the only person that is having a slow connection, the problem might be with your laptop. That’s why you should check which programs are running in the background. Some programs that you might not need can cause you to have a slow Internet connection. So, you can delete those programs or cancel the automatic upgrades.
8. Check Your ISP Package
So, you followed the steps above and still have a bad internet experience. Let’s make a quick analogy here. Imagine your Wi-Fi being a Ferrari but it is on a dirt road, it can go fast but the road is slowing it down. It would perform better on a highway, right? The same thing applies to your internet connection. Your Wi-Fi might be up to snuff but it will only go as fast as the package and the internet technology would allow. So, check your ISP package and consider changing your ISP to a different ISP with a better package/technology. Generally, fiber will allow a better connection than Coax which in turn is better than DSL.