Internet speeds have always been important but with today’s streaming standards it’s crucial to measure up. Not only do we want to experience a movie without any latency or downtime, but we want to watch the movie, while the kids are doing their homework and your partner is shopping online. That’s why we plan to explore all the factors that affect your internet speed, and how we can improve them.
Your network connection is actually made up of several parts: the connection from the provider, a modem, a router (sometimes included within the modem), and finally, the device you’re accessing the internet on such as a laptop, phone, tablet, etc. A slowdown can happen anywhere along the way. The following tips should help you narrow down where:
Sometimes the equipment just needs a break. Unplugging it for about a minute gives this vital equipment an opportunity to clear its working memory and start fresh.
Routers or gateways are often hidden behind furniture or in a closet, sometimes the basement; none of these are great for WiFi. The goal is to put the least number of barriers between your device and your router as possible. Distance can even act as a barrier, since signals from microwaves, Bluetooth speakers, cordless phones, and baby monitors can interfere and slow down your WiFi signal.
Network traffic in your neighbourhood and your house may be busier than normal. If you find the internet is great until everyone else gets home and starts using it, that could be a sign you need to increase your bandwidth.
If you find excessive use on your home network is the cause but are unable to upgrade, there may be a few ways around it: