We know all too well how frustrating slow internet speeds can be. You’ve finally settled down on the sofa after a long day at work, ready to catch up on your favourite shows and you’re met with the dreaded buffering circle. How annoying.
So, we’ve put together five quick wins for you to try out that will hopefully help boost your internet speed. You may have heard of and tried a few of these before but read on to find out new ways on how to boost your internet speed.
1. “Have You Turned It Off and On Again?”
Ah, the classic universal troubleshooter. Phone on the blink? Turn it off and on again. Laptop playing up? Turn it off and again. WiFi down? Turn your router off and on again. You get the gist.
Though you may be sick of phoning up your broadband supplier when your WiFi isn’t working as it should be, only to hear them say “turn it off and on again” and offer no other solution, it does actually work the majority of the time.
Your router sometimes picks up different signals from nearby networks that interfere with yours. So, by turning your router off, you refresh it and cause it to use a less congested wireless signal. As there’s less traffic on the network, it should improve speed and performance.
We advise that you leave it off for 30 seconds. Routers usually have a memory on them (albeit short) so if you don’t leave it the correct amount of time, you’ll still experience the same problems.
2. Check Other Device Behaviour On Your Network
In a standard household, you’re bound to have at least another five devices that are connected to your network. Laptops, games consoles, mobile phones, tablets or smart devices, the more you have connected to your network, the more the speed will be hampered.
If somebody is downloading a film or a new update for their games console whilst you’re trying to surf the internet, it’s definitely going to bog down your internet connection. When you’re not using certain devices, turn them off so that the full capacity isn’t taken up by idle devices and your performance should be improved.
3. Reposition Your Router
You may be experiencing weak connection and slow speeds because you’re simply too far away from your router. This can be seriously annoying. Crawling into bed after a long day at work, only for patchy connection to ruin watching your favourite shows and chilling out.
If your bedroom is out of reach from the router, then the simple fix is to move your router closer and see if it speeds up. Or it may not be a case of it being out of reach; other household items could be interfering with the signal being in the same line of sight.
Bluetooth devices, microwaves, wireless speakers, mobile phones and even dimmer switches are just a few examples of what can conflict with your internet speed and signal. Try separating these devices and moving your router to somewhere high up so the signals are less likely to interfere.
4. Move Any Physical Obstacles
It’s not just other devices that can interfere with your internet speed and cause your signal to weaken. You’ll need to address the physical obstacles too. If your signal has to travel through various walls and large appliances (e.g refrigerators), the signal is going to be poor.
You need to establish a clear line of sight with your router. A good rule of thumb is to have your router visible from where you’re trying to use your computer or other devices on the internet. We know that can’t be done sometimes, so try and have it in a place where nothing can block the signal. Higher up positions tend to help the speed improve considerably.
5. Use an Ethernet Cable Instead of WiFi
Your computer should be able to plug directly into the back of your router via an Ethernet cable. We know this can be a problem with the more modern computers and laptops not having the correct port, so you may have to buy an adapter to actually do this.
By doing this, you’ll reduce the lag time between the router's signal departing and your computer receiving it because the two will be directly connected. Therefore your speed will be much quicker. Unfortunately, you can only benefit from this with computers and laptops as you can’t connect mobile devices.
Sick of Paying for a Connection Speed You’re Not Receiving?
These quick wins are a great way of improving your internet’s speed. But they’re only quick wins. They’re not permanent changes and it can soon become tedious when you have to repeat them daily or weekly.
Gigaclear can help you find a long-term solution. We’ve put together a free eBook that focuses on actions you can take to improve slow internet connections. Both short-term and long-term. Download it for free below and start to receive the internet connection that you’re paying for today.
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