It was working fine last night, so why is the internet so slow in your house today? It’s a nightmare for everyone, no matter what they’re using the internet for. You might be staring at a never-ending buffering circle when trying to watch a film or the kids can’t do their homework because files are taking too long to download. Either way, it’s incredibly frustrating.
There might be a quick fix that can improve your connection, but that depends on what’s actually wrong. Find out everything you need to know about exactly what causes slow internet, first.
5 Reasons Your Internet is Too Slow
Too Many Devices
There Isn’t Enough Bandwidth to Start With
1. Router Positioning
Picking the right spot for your WiFi router is far more important than many people realise. It arrived, you unboxed it and then you found the first suitable location you could think of: next to your landline phone or TV.
Firstly, it should not be on the ground. It’s easy to have it on the floor and out of the way but its performance will be noticeably worse.
Make sure the router is as high as possible. This extends its broadcasting range and removes any potential interference that might have been blocking the signal. Concrete, metals and other electrical items are the worst offenders for signal blocking.
There’s always going to be something impacting the router’s signal, but try and make sure it’s in the centre of the house and as close to your devices as possible. Experiment with different locations to find one that suits best.
2. Too Many Devices
It can be difficult to convince the other members of your household to turn off a device they aren’t using. You’re sat wondering why your film is taking so long to buffer, only to find out the kids have phones, tablets and computers all connected to the internet and downloading content.
Try and get in the habit of turning off devices once you’ve finished with them and scheduling any big downloads for off-peak times, like during the night.
It’s difficult to convince other members of the house to stop listening to Spotify or watching YouTube when you’re trying to have a Skype call, but compromises can help. Ultimately, it’s a free-for-all and the only way you’re going to improve everyone’s connection is with an upgrade.
3. Channel Interference
Different electrical signals can interfere with your WiFi connection, especially from the neighbours. There are a limited number of channels to broadcast on and neighbouring houses are often using the same one. This causes problems for both of you and limits the signal your devices will receive.
You’ll also need to double check which frequency your WiFi signal is using. There are two possible options so you’ll need to make sure they’re aligned correctly with your devices. Your router will have decided which to use automatically so it might need resetting.
There’s always someone looking to piggyback on your WiFi so they don’t have to pay for their own. A strong password will ensure your router is secure and safe from unwanted devices that slow your connection.
4. Wireless Signals
Different to channel interference is issues with signals from other sources. Electronic devices all emit wireless signals that can interfere with your WiFi connection. Some of these can be reduced and removed to prevent slow internet.
Microwaves and Christmas lights are two of the key offenders of wireless interference. Older appliances, in particular, can operate at a similar WiFi band to routers. If you have a poor or damaged microwave, then it could be slowing your internet speed down.
Christmas lights, or fairy lights in general, emit an electromagnetic field that can interfere with the WiFi. Simply by turning them off or by moving your router away from the lights can have a positive impact on your internet speed.
5. There Isn’t Enough Bandwidth to Start With
Moving your router and turning off other devices won’t fix the problem of slow internet if you’re already on an insufficient package from your provider. You might only be paying for a basic package that doesn’t provide fast enough internet for everyone in the household to use.
Or, your provider might not be able to supply a fast enough internet connection because of external circumstances, like the cables that are currently used in your community. They may be limited by the hardware and equipment that’s in place and the location you’re in.
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