Is your Wi-Fi too slow? Here’s how you can speed it up
The Internet has become an essential part of daily life, we use it for work, at home and to communicate with loved ones. We can even use it now in public and communal places thanks to companies like My Port. It’s for this reason that there’s nothing worse than switching on the computer only to discover that your Internet connection is abysmal. Whilst you’re there, drumming your fingers on the bench and waiting an eternity for that website to load, read up on these hot tips on how to speed up that connection.
Reset the network
It’s the same old chestnut. Ask any IT consultant about the issue and the first thing they’ll say is ‘have you tried turning it off and on again’. Though seemingly obvious, this method is tried and true and often the router just needs resetting. Turn it off and wait 30 seconds before turning it back on, if it doesn’t have an ‘on’ switch, unplug it at the wall. If that doesn’t work, move on to the next step.
Move the router
Internet routers, or modems, essentially work like a gateway between your Internet service provider and your computer. When your computer or device is connected directly to the modem, the speed can’t be interfered with, however introduce a wireless modem to the equation and you get interference. Move the router to a place relatively close to your device, and if that’s not possible, make sure its not separated from the device by a concrete wall. Experiment and move it around until you get a clear strong signal, and this will help with the speed.
Remove conflicting signals
Other wireless devices can often interfere with the signal coming from your modem. Phones, cameras and even neighbours’ wireless devices are all culprits. Depending on the frequency of your other appliances, they could be interfering with the Wi-Fi signal and causing a slow connection. When you buy the appliances check they are the right frequency to not interfere with your particular router (having a dual band router can help also). However if you have everything and would rather not buy new appliances, moving the modem further away from the interfering objects can also be effective.
Too many downloads
If you’ve tried everything and the signal is still going at a snail’s pace, check that you haven’t gone over your data cap. Most Internet service providers will give you an online login to their website where you can go and monitor your data usage for the month. If you’ve reached the data cap after minimal use, check other devices that are on your network. A sneaky housemate or neighbor may be hogging the data usage and leaving you in the lurch. Change the network password to something more secure, with a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks. If all else fails, call your Internet service provider and see what they can do, it may be something they can fix from their end. Once you’re up and running once more, make sure all your gear is up to date and then sit back, relax and enjoy a speedy entrance to the World Wide Web.
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