There are many possible causes of a slow internet connection at any given time. They are not just limited to the level of service offered by your internet service provider, or the features of your computer, there are many other different issues or combinations of issues that can slow down your broadband speed.
Here are the top 5 issues that could be slowing down your internet
When modems, routers or cables malfunction, they stop supporting network traffic properly at full speeds. A number of technical glitches in the network equipment negatively affect performance even though the connection itself can sometimes still be made. To solve this issue, temporarily re-arrange and re-configure your connection gear while experimenting with different configurations. Systematically try bypassing your router, swapping cables and conduct tests with multiple devices to isolate the slow performance to a specific component of the system. This will help you isolate specific components that somehow need to be repaired or upgraded.
Browser add-ons can also cause performance problems. While they can make for a richer browsing experience, offering multimedia or specialised document viewing, some can actually slow down your network performance.
Keep in mind that just like other computer programs, browsers require a certain amount of computing power, disk space and memory to run efficiently. Each webpage you view has to be first downloaded to memory then saved to a temporary disk file. Running a different program that takes up lots of memory and computing power can compete with the browser’s requirements resulting in delays. In this case, you can speed up your connection by closing such competing programs. Additionally, you should consider increasing your computer’s total memory. This will make it possible for you to pen multiple browser tabs without affecting network performance.
A plethora of connections throttle, broadband leechers, unseen Wi-Fi users and even other apps and functions will certainly slow down the connection, even when some of them do not even use the internet. Ensure that all unneeded apps and programs (including those running on standby, in the background or alongside the main apps) are closed whenever you need the possible maximum bandwidth.
For those whose modems have wireless capabilities, unseen users can totally or partially limit the bandwidth depending on the type and frequency of usage. Anything beyond the total home network bandwidth can be checked, and from here, access limits or bandwidth limits can be set on other network connection. What’s more, stronger security protocols can be installed to cut off all possibilities of use by intruders.
Viruses and other kinds of malware will always try to find a way to your computer hard drive via the internet. Not only will these slow your machine down, they can also slow your broadband as they typically upload and download data, infecting other computers in the process.
Ensure that you install the requisite security updates and keep your antivirus software updated. Macs and Windows PCs, all have their own firewalls tools built in. However, if you install a security suite such as Kaspersky, it may disable the operating system’s core firewall and replace it with its own. This shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have one or the other running.
Your location can have an enormous impact on the broadband speeds you will be able to access. This is true regardless of whatever your provider claims are the maximum speeds you can achieve. The distance between your home and the exchange as well as the quality of wiring play a very important part. In case of typical copper wiring for common ADSL networks, the further the broadband signals travel, the slower and more distorted they tend to become. While super-fast fibre optic broadband is spreading fast in many urban areas, most of the country still uses copper wiring.
The only solution is to move to a house where you can enjoy faster speeds, of course, this is extreme. But investing n superfast broadband may also be a good idea. Depending on your local coverage, 4G delivers much faster mobile broadband.
If you are using a networked computer – such as a corporate office – general network and proxy server use can also be a factor. This is why many network administrators monitor internet use and set up rules and policies that help avoid systems overload. In case you feel an issue with the speed, it may be necessary to bring the issue up to your network systems administrator.