Getting the most speed from your broadband connection seems like a far-fetched dream, right? Well, given that most of us already accepted the harsh reality that we can’t get the best internet speed from our broadband connections, we have somewhat lost hope. The good news for you is that there are some effective ways that can actually help enhance your internet speed.
Before you start to follow the below mentioned steps, it is best for you to know what is the maximum speed that is provided by your internet connection. You can easily find this information from your internet provider. Understand that many internet providers claim to provide maximum speed (up to 150MB speeds, etc.) but in reality, it is not close to what they claim to provide. It is mainly because there are different potential barriers that prevent it from happening. Here we’re going to discuss how you can overcome those barriers to speed up your broadband speed. So, without further ado, let’s get started:
- Do Different Test Runs to Check Your Broadband Connection’s Speed
Now that you know the maximum speed that you must be getting, it is time to check the average speed that you are normally getting. As there are different online resources that can help test internet speed, simply choose the best broadband speed testing website. You need to do this test at least 3-4 times with a gap of a few hours because internet speed varies throughout the day.
- Ensure That You Have The Latest Version of Browser
Updating the web browser is important as it not only fixes little issues but also increases the performance of the browser as well. Some commonly used browsers such as Chrome and Firefox needs to be updated from time to time. Many people do not update their web browser and it is generally one of the main factors behind slow connection speed. Another reason that affects the performance of a web browser is using a lot of add-ons. So, it is best to avoid using unwanted extensions.
- Check Background Applications
There are some applications that have a default setting to automatically start up as soon as you turn on your computer. Applications that start to run automatically generally use the broadband without making any fuss and it results in slow internet speed. It is important to disable startup programs and applications as it can not only improve your connection’s speed but also the performance of your computer.
- Make Sure Your Network is Protected
Many people who complain about slow connection’s speed overlook one very important factor: not keeping their broadband connection password protected. Either there is no password to protect the network or the password is really weak/generic. This means that freeloaders can easily access your network and use the internet for free. Mostly neighbors are the ones who are responsible for slowing down the internet. So, just make sure that your broadband connection is fully protected with a strong password.
- Check If Your Anti-Virus Software is Updated
We all know the importance of installing anti-virus software. It plays a pivotal role in ensuring that your computer is safe from incoming threats, but did you know that it also has an impact on your connection’s speed? Well, there are many common types of viruses that can affect your computer and broadband speed such as Multipartite Virus, Browser Hijacker, and Network Virus. Some viruses and worms slow everything down (including the internet) as they start using the internet without your knowledge. As these viruses and bugs slow down the computer, it starts to affect your internet speed as well. Therefore, it is best to make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
- Try Wired Connection Instead of Wireless
Although wireless connection provides more convenience, it can be a bit slower than a wired connection. If you are tired of slow broadband speed, there is no harm in switching to Ethernet connection. It is mainly because Wi-Fi is not as secure as Ethernet connection and also there is no signal interference in it as well. So, if you want a fast and reliable connection (at the expense of your comfort), it is best to switch to Ethernet.
- Buy a Good-Quality Router
The issue with most routers is that they are provided by the internet suppliers and they do not focus a lot on their quality. The issue becomes worse with poor quality telephone lines. There is a high possibility that your router is behind the slow speed. It is highly recommended to invest in a good-quality router because it not only provides more internet speed but is more reliable as well. Apart from the quality of the router, another factor to consider is whether it is up to date or not.
- Make Sure You’re Using Good Quality Extension Cables
If you are using a wired connection, it is imperative to ensure that you are using good quality extension cables. If the quality of extension cables is poor, there can be immense interference which can directly affect your broadband speeds. It can be a good investment to use good quality extensions as they tend to last for a long time.
- Try Turning it On and Off
Ah, this is the solution that almost everyone knows. After all, it provides a solution in most cases. However, there is a possibility that it may provide a short-term solution by boosting the internet speed and it won’t stay like this for too long. Nevertheless, turning on and off the broadband router is effective because it makes the router search for the best available channel to which it can reconnect your broadband – so do give it a try.
10. It is Time to Call an Expert
If you find the same old problem even after trying all the steps, then it is time for you to call an expert. As expert may not take much time to find out the problem, a few test runs would be enough to pinpoint the issue. So, if you are not a tech buff, this is the best approach for you.
Remember that you can also switch providers, but normally the issue is from the customer’s end.