If you’re dealing with a slow internet connection there’s only so much you can do. Most of your internet’s speed will involve the plan you have with your internet service provider, and how much bandwidth your allowed a month.
Here’s 5 effective ways I’ve gathered on how to speed up your internet connection:
Upgrade Your Browser (1)
If you’re using IE (Internet Explorer), I suggest keeping it and installing another, faster browser to go along with it such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. A lot of times IE may cause some problems such as slow loading times or errors while attempting to load scripts, so its a good idea having another browser handy. IE also tends to run a tad bit slower than Firefox, and Chrome.
No matter what browser you stick with, you should always make sure you have the latest version. If the browser asks you to update it, do it! Browser updates come with security and performance updates that will help guard your PC from malicious attacks and increase internet speed.
Upgrade Your Internet Plan (2)
Try calling your internet service provider and ask them if you are receiving the maximum bandwidth and/or speed specifications allowed. Chances are you aren’t, and you can speed up your internet by simply asking them to give you the optimal speed.
Reset Your Home Network Router (3)
If you’re connecting to your home network via a router, simply unplugging it for a couple seconds and plugging it back in will reset the connection and may speed things up a bit. Sometimes the router gets too cluttered or heated, and simply needs a reset to clear things out and give it a breather.
When the internet is running slow at home the first thing I’ll do is reset the router. You can reset the cable modem as well for optimal results, but keep in mind the cable modem will take longer to reboot.
To reset a device, unplug the power cord for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Some devices also come with a reset button that you can hold down (usually with a push pin) which will reset the connection and ALL SETTINGS including the security password you may have set for your home network.
Secure Your Home Network (4)
If you live in a neighborhood, city, or anywhere where families are located, there’s internet all around you. Not everyone has it though, and some people are desperate enough to drive around with a laptop in their hand looking for the one house that has an unsecured internet connection. Trust me, don’t be that one house. If someone else, or multiple devices are connected to your home network, you will have to share your internet connection which can slow things down significantly.
You can easily secure your internet connection by accessing your routers settings page. Most users should be able to see this page by typing “192.168.0.1“, “192.168.2.1” or “192.168.1.1” into the address bar of a web browser. Then, look for security or encryption links to create a password for your home network.
Upgrade Your Router and/or Cable Modem (5)
If your internet service provided you with a cable modem and its at least a year old, it may be outdated. Call your internet provider and ask them if you have the latest modem and if not, they should send you a new one free of charge. You can also upgrade your router to increase the signal strength so you can connect to your network from farther away and have fast internet.
Use an Ethernet Cable (Wired Connection) – I know I said 5 tips, but oh well. Here’s one more. If you are in close distance to your router and have an Ethernet cable handy, you will get a much faster connection by avoiding wireless and plugging on end of the Ethernet cable in your computer, and the other end into the back of the router.