If the wheel falls off your car you get out and see that it’s missing and know what to do or at least who to call to get going again. When you internet connection slows everything looks the same except for you raising blood pressure!
It’s the question that almost anyone and everyone that used a computer has asked at one time. How to increase internet speed? There are two reasons this is such a burning question. One is because it is just so frustrating when your connection is bogged down and you just want to get something done and move quickly. The second reason is that there are many reasons why an internet connection will slow, so it happens often.
The other difficult part about a slow internet connection is that, like almost everything involving your computer, it is so intangible. If the wheel falls off your car you get out and see that it’s missing and know what to do or at least who to call to get going again. When you internet connection slows everything looks the same except for you raising blood pressure!
So take a deep breath and check out the list below of possible culprits and solutions.
The wire coming into your house. This is good an bad. The good news is that it’s nothing you did. The bad news is that you can’t control the issue. Depending on if you have FIOS, cable connection, or DSL, you could sometimes be sharing your internet connection on a hub for your entire neighborhood. If all the kids on your block are downloading the latest viral video while you are trying to get your work done, it’s going to slow. You can either slowly slog through it, or wait until later when activity slows. At least knowing that is the issue should at least calm you a bit. If you are still frustrated give the internet provider a call and vent a bit!
Time of the day. Again this is one of those things you aren’t going to be able to control. Depending on your time zone the internet tends to be busiest after people get home from work until bed time. This has gotten even more true in recent years now that movie and television streaming has become so popular.
Your wireless router. Ah, now finally here is something you can control. If you are hitting the internet through a wireless connection, then you possibly might have an older router that is slow. Research the speed of your wireless router and speed of your wireless card in your computer/laptop. If your computer can handle more then pony of the cash and get a new wireless router.
Multiple uses in your home. Similar to the issue when you are sharing your internet connection with the neighborhood, no matter what your set up is, you are definitely sharing your internet connection with the people in your home. Especially if you are moving along fine and there is a sudden drop off, check with the people in your house and see if one or more connections are downloading big files. Now ground them, and your internet connection will speed up again **If you have a wireless router make sure it is password protected. You could have unwelcome visitors on your internet connection **
Issues on your PC/Laptop. Overtime you collect many many unwanted files on your computer from internet use. Also your computer can become bogged down with files that don’t involve the internet but slow down things in general. To solve this issue you have two options. First you can back up your files, format your entire computer, reinstall your operating system and other software, and then restore your files. Option two is to use some web based cleaning applications that promise to clean your computer of unwanted files and speed things up. These can really work wonders however you also need to be wary of what you use. There are services out there that mask themselves as an application to speed your internet but are really just installing spam. Do your research and find a reputable application that is really going to help.
So the next time your internet screeches to a halt try to stay calm. Take a deep breath and review the list above. Before you know it you’ll know how to increase your internet speed.