How to Get a Faster Internet Connection

Improve Your Internet Speed

I’m pretty sure at some point, you have experienced a slow internet connection. It is the most frustrating event to encounter. Imagine waiting for a movie to load or playing a game online and the internet begins to lag. Here are several steps to improve your Internet speed: Try using a different browser. Sometimes it is the browser that’s causing things to move at a snail pace. As web pages become more sophisticated, you will need a good quality browser to handle the number of processes, can cut back on ads and other non-essentials. You can try Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera and see if it makes a difference. If it also helps, try removing unwanted add-ons, extensions and plugins as it slows down the time it takes for the web page to load. Also, try closing unused tabs as these may automatically refresh themselves and consume a lot of bandwidth.

The Router

Another reason for a slow internet connection may be due to the router. You may have to change your wireless to a different channel so that it doesn’t have to be weighed down by other routers nearby which are trying to broadcast on the same channel. You can scan the wireless networks to see which channel isn’t so congested. Then find your wireless connection in the list and then choose a channel that is not overburdened with many networks. You will need your modem/router’s IP address which can be found in the documentation for the router/modem and then choose an appropriate channel between 1-11.

Repositioning Your Router

You can also try repositioning your router by placing it in a central position where there is direct and unobstructed line between the computer/device and the router. Also, try to avoid interference from other wireless devices by removing devices such as cordless phones and other devices with an antenna.
You can also try using an Ethernet cable for a faster connection or perhaps it is just time to get a new router which may be more up to your speed.

Test the Speed of Your Connection

Try optimizing the Internet Service Package as your Internet Service Provider may be the source of your snail-paced connection. You can test the speed of your connection to determine approximately what speed the ISP is providing. Once you get the results, compare it with results from another computer. If both result turn out to be slow, contact your ISP. You can also upgrade to a better package for faster internet connection. You can ask the same provider for a deal or discounted upgrade in exchange for being a loyal customer. If they can’t do that, look for another ISP which may provide additional benefits for being a new customer.

Optimize Your Computer

You can try to optimize your computer by closing or removing programs that are hardly in use as these reduce the computer’s memory and thus reduce the speed of the connection. Also, check your computer for viruses and spyware as these also use a lot of memory which results in a slow connection. In addition to running the malware scan, ensure that you are using only one firewall. You can also defragment your disk which will improve the overall performance of the computer and speed up your connection. You may also have to make some upgrades to the computer such as updating the RAM for a faster connection or updating the OS. try a different operating system.

If this still doesn’t work or if your computer is over five years old, you may need a new computer. If a new computer seems too expensive, try using an older OS or using an OS that can be used through the browser.
Also, try to turn off your computer every night. Although most of us do not do this, it can make a big difference with regards to performance as leaving it in standby can reduce the memory of the machine and therefore reduce the speed of the internet.

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