There are many factors involved with slow internet speed, so before you decide to jump ship to another internet provider, why not take a look at our tips and tricks that might help speed things up a bit.
One of the oldest and most reliable ways to boost your broadband is to use a signal booster. You can find a variety of services here at JL Audio Visual; our team of experts will be happy to help with any enquiries or concerns.
Slow broadband can cause general frustration when attempting to complete simple tasks and search quick queries, it can also have an impact on your working life too, especially for those with a home office.
A slow speed can be due to an array of different issues such as the computer settings, wireless performance, home wiring or even the time of day.
Test Your Broadband Speed
Before assuming the broadband is at fault, it’s best to check the speed of your broadband.
Doing this will allow you to resolve the issue much more quickly, you will be able to rule out the broadband, or save yourself the hassle of carrying out pointless procedures.
To do this, you can easily find a website online that will test the broadband speed for you.
Password Protect Your Wi-Fi
By securing your Wi-Fi you’re actually encouraging the speed of your broadband. Protecting it with a password will prevent others from using your internet.
When multiple devices use the same broadband, it will impact the bandwidth. The performance of the internet will reduce due to a smaller bandwidth received by each added device.
Bandwidth is the internet connection’s maximum data transfer rate. This essentially measures how much data is able to be sent using a certain connection over a particular amount of time.
Reset Your Router
Resetting your router can be highly beneficial for your broadband. It can stop any hacking attempts, not to mention will help your broadband apply any updates and reset the router’s memory.
Make sure when rebooting your router that this is done correctly. When intending to reset your router, avoid carrying out a factory reset. A factory reset will erase all your settings.
Unplug the router from any devices it might be connected to, then you can unplug the routers power source to completely shut the device off. Allow the router a couple of minutes before plugging it back into the power source and modem.
Relocate Your Router
Similar in some senses to Bluetooth, walls and doors can hinder your internet connection. Not to mention baby monitors, microwaves and even fairy lights.
If you think any of these obstacles are causing problems, it might be worth considering a new spot for your router. The higher and more central you place your router, the better!
If this isn’t possible, signal boosters can easily resolve this issue.
Clean Out the Computer
It can be surprising to discover how many apps and updates can affect the speed of your internet. Media players, messaging applications, streaming services and security scans can weigh down your computer’s ability to efficiently utilise the internet.
Ensure you also delete any old files and keep your browser history clean; this will help to speed things along.
Opt For Wires Over Wi-Fi
This may sound outdated and slightly unappealing, but ethernet cables are actually more attractive in the sense that they can transfer data at a much faster rate than Wi-Fi due to the lack of data encrypted.
There will also be a drastic reduction of interference, so your neighbour’s frequency will no longer be of any concern to you. You will have a much more reliable connection, which is much more preferable for games consoles and desktop PCs.
Find a Faster Browser
If you find that your broadband is only slow when searching the internet, it might be your browser rather than your broadband. This can even include using numerous tabs too!
Consider a VPN
Some internet service providers select when to throttle the bandwidth, this is deduced by certain online activities, hitting a soft data cap or streaming services.
If you are aware and have evidence of your ISP doing this, a VPN can help to hide your online activity, preventing the ISP from being provided with the data to make any throttling decisions.
A VPN is a virtual private network which will allow you to create a secure connection to another network. A VPN will protect the users’ identity and browsing activity from hackers, businesses and more by hiding your data and IP address when connecting to the internet.
Although, you should be aware that VPN, in most cases, can reduce the speed of your internet. This is due to a combination of encryptions and server hopping.
Flush Your Domain Name System
A DNS, domain name system, record will keep track of any website addresses you visit; this is designed to improve your user experience.
DNS records heavily rely on the website, and also you, to stay on their respective servers, the only issue with this is that servers modify and change over time which is incredibly common for websites.
Because the servers are being relied on by DNS, it will negatively affect your connection speed as it won’t recognise the new server, which is where flushing your DNS can come in incredibly handy.
If you are having any issues with poor or slow Wi-Fi connection, get in touch with our expert team today. Here at JL Audio Visual, our array of services will help to resolve any issues. Find out more about our connectivity solutions and Wi-Fi installation services today.