If you’re wondering about how you might be able to speed up your slow Internet connection, then there are several easy, helpful options for you to consider. Having a slow, stuttering Internet connection can be a real pain; especially for those who are trying to do business, play immersive games and stream videos. While we’re waiting for the NBN to rollout in our area, let’s take a look at some of the simplest and most effective ways to speed up your internet signals.
5 ways to make your internet work faster
- Make sure your wireless router is the modem. I know I used my old Linksys router for years and years. It still worked, but just couldn’t meet the demands of a user that needed increasingly more data transference. The day came when I sprung for a new router – and my online experience has blossomed ever since. Technologies are designed to become obsolete in most cases. Manufacturers don’t just want to sell you one product to last you forever.
They want to sell you multiple products, consistently over years. And to be fair, there’s no other way they can be. Because technologies are constantly developed – and sometimes new discoveries happen that make life easier for all of us. Why shouldn’t those tech companies be continually rewarded for their innovations? Lesson: if you have an outdated router, upgrade. It will make your Internet speeds better, and your general online experiences more productive and enjoyable.
- Make sure your router is positioned properly. This does not mean where it fits in best with your decor; it means to position the router in one of 2 ways;
- Where it best serves the primary user;
- Where it best serves the entire user network.
i. Obviously, it would be rude to hog the best wireless signals for yourself if you are in a home where multiple users need connectivity. However (as in my own case), if you are running an online business, then that prime connectivity location would be reserved for business purposes. Kids streaming Lady Gaga vids just is not as important. Lesson: position your modern router optimally so that it can meet your needs best. The closer a wireless device is to the router, the better signal strength it receives.
- Consider the broader scale view on your wireless signal source. If you live in the middle of Manhattan, then you are probably going to have solid Internet connectivity wherever you go each day. However, if you live in a more remote location, then your signals may be slower. This is basic supply and demand. The ISPs are going to cater more to the millions than they will to the thousands.
- Ensure a 3 or 4-foot distance from where you plug your router in and any other electric/electronic devices. These other electricity fields may cause disturbances with your router’s ability to perform at its best. Like many of us humans, your router just needs a little personal space to thrive in.
- Take your devices to a pro and have them swept for viruses, malware, spyware and other third-party files and applications that may be slowing down performance. Your Internet signal may be mo0re than sufficient to please you. It could be a simple case of your devices performing poorly due to the taxing effects of malicious software. It’s fairly cheap to have an expert do, and the results can be instantly gratifying.
One more tip: don’t get all caught up in being wireless. Wireless is cool – if you really need it and it provides fast speeds. But an Ethernet cord is going to be a better bet, at least for now. It is just faster. So, unless you really have a need to be wireless, just plug into an Ethernet cord and enjoy faster speeds and better browsing.
Making your internet faster is, in many cases, just a matter of simple logic. A hardwired device is better than a wireless device for speeds – and position matters. Make sure your equipment is up to date. Position it properly – and hardwire whenever possible and convenient. Enjoy faster Internet speeds starting today!