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10 Ways to Maximize the Internet Speed

Have you ever waited for a website to upload for so long that your tea got cold? We bet you must have unless you know all the hacks required for increasing the internet speed. For most of us though, having slow internet is a reality but fortunately, 99% of the problems can be resolved with little tips and tricks. Given below are a few suggestions that will help you speed up your internet a great deal.

1. Running a Speed Test

Before using technical expertise and opening up all the control panels of your device, try going for a speed test. It is a comparison to find out if you are being provided with the same internet speed that you signed up for. There are a number of websites offering a speed test. However, you must take care of a few things, such as:

2. What You Get vs What You Pay for?

Compare your internet speeds to what your package advertised. Advertisements only mention the best speeds but you may not be getting it all the time, especially if you use a WiFi. In case your speeds are too slow, follow the directions below;

3. Restart the Modem

Resetting the modem and the router can work wonders in increasing the internet speed as that cleans up useless data and reconnects the modem configuration with the internet service provider (ISP). It may also download certain important updates from the internet service providers for better speed.

4. Clearing Various Sources of Interference

The services of a wireless router may be hindered because of interference. There are various sources of interference for a wireless router. These include cell phones operating in the range of 2.4 GHz and microwaves. Moving the microwave away from the wireless router and turning off data on the mobile phones can help in reducing the interference and increasing the internet speed.

5. Give a Call to Your Service Provider

While there may be other reasons behind a bad connection, in some cases, your internet service provider should be the one handling the issues. They can check if the connection problems are because of substandard service, by reading signals on the modem over the phone. In other cases, they will have to send a technician to your house or area to find out the reason behind the glitch. If the problem is at your end, you might have to pay them so it is better to check things on your end before calling them.

6. Keep a Lookout for the Data Cap

Many internet service providers put a data cap on the service. A data cap is a limit on the amount of data that can be downloaded or uploaded within a month. You need to log in to your account or give a call to your service provider to check if your usage has exceeded the limit. The result of surpassing the result is either extra charges or slower internet.

7. Keep a check on the other users

If there are other people who have access to your network, then make sure that they are not downloading/uploading large files and streaming heavy videos because that means they are eating up a large amount of your bandwidth, resulting in slower internet for you. What you can do in such a case is either set the Quality of Service (QoS) of your router to prioritise service to your device, limiting it for others or you can simply request the other users to cut off their usage and minimise the downloading and uploading activity.

8. Appropriate Router Maintenance

In case you use a WiFi router, make sure that it is placed closer to your computer/laptop. If you are getting poor signals, then move either your router or your computer closer to the other. You could also try putting it on top of a cupboard or at a higher pedestal for better signal transmission. Take immense care of your router. Make sure it is clean. You can use compressed air cans for its cleaning. This will stop the device from overheating, improving its stability. Also make sure there is enough ventilation around the electrical devices.

9. Keep a Check on the Weather

In case you utilise a satellite internet, keep a constant check on the weather since it is vulnerable to interference because of rain, heavy snow, lightning, wind, and static.

10. Upgrading the Router

Another major reason for unimpressive web browsing speed is an old, worn out router, which is incapable of keeping up with the modern web traffic. The worn out routers have weaker antennae, which is another reason for mediocre connection and slower internet. To solve this problem, buy your routers from companies that are reliable and ensure that the antennae are stronger with greater range. Moreover, if you plan to cover a larger area, try installing a repeater. This device can rebroadcast the signals from your wireless device to a different area of your building such as a house or an office. This will increase the range of the network many times. If you follow the above tips, chances are that your internet speed will improve a lot.


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