Is that webpage taking forever to load? Will that video not stop buffering? Does the wifi keep going out? These are all very annoying results of slow internet, which luckily have some pretty simple solutions. Don’t suffer through slow, unreliable internet connections when these quick tricks can boost internet speed and have anyone browsing the web faster than they were before.
1 Check The Initial Speed Before anyone starts to improve their internet speeds, it’s a good idea for them to use any of the free online tools that checks the current speed. This diagnosis will let the user know just how slow their computer is and from there they’ll know how to try to fix it.
2 Make Sure The Router Is In Good Shape A poor router could be the cause of a slow internet connection. Sometimes replacing a router that couldn’t support the connection speed with one that can will let the internet speeds reach its full capability. Also, be sure that wireless routers are set up as close to where the computer(s) are going to be used. There’s no point in setting up a router in a place where no one will use it and where it’s out of range of the rooms where people want to use the wifi.
3 Clean Up The Computer If the computer is overrun, of course it’s going to run slowly when it’s online and even when it’s offline. Cleaning up a computer’s hard disk can take some time and be a little tedious, but the results will be a healthier, faster computer. From the control panel, select Add/Remove Programs and get rid of the programs that never get used. That cleared up space will help the computer run better than it did before.
4 Secure The Network It doesn’t make any sense to pay for internet that can’t be used. If a wireless network is unsecured, anyone can log on and use it, usually kicking off the owners. Using password protection on the network will keep others off and prevent them from slowing down the connection for the people who should be using it.
5 See If Broadband Is Being Limited Sometimes a server will limit the amount of broadband allotted to a computer, even if the user is paying for high speed internet. MLab is a great open platform that will check for broadband limiting to see if this is the cause of a slow computer.
6 Allow For Updates Updating browsers and other software on a computer will keep everything running as it should at its maximum potential. Outdated software can slow a computer down and become irrelevant in enough time. On the other hand, turning on automatic updates can have the system updating and slowing down the internet connection when someone wants to use the connection-- so make sure that updates are done when they won’t interfere with other activities.
7 Use Firewall and Antivirus Software There are many free or cheap programs out there that are made to protect a computer from harmful viruses, hackers, and other causes for slow internet.
8 Switch Internet Providers Sometimes the current connection just isn’t enough. Finding new Sacramento broadband is easy with online tools that compare prices and services of all providers in the area. If changing providers is too drastic, upgrading the current services could be enough.