Tips to Speed Up Your Connection
Access to high-speed internet has never been more important. It seems like we’re constantly streaming music and videos, or downloading a new book to read. We also want to do all this while the kids are online doing their homework and our spouse is shopping for a new dining room table. Additionally, with so many workplace meetings and conferences happening from home, keeping up is crucial. That’s why we wanted to offer you tips to speed up your connection.
HOW YOU CONNECT TO YOUR INTERNET
There’s more to your network connection than what meets the eye:
- The connection from your internet service provider.
- A modem.
- The router (sometimes included within the modem).
- The device you're accessing the internet with, such as a laptop, or Smartphone.
A slowdown can happen anywhere along the way. To narrow down where the problem is, try one of these proven tactics.
- EXPERIMENT AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY: It could be that network traffic in your neighbourhood (even your own home) may be busier than normal. If you start seeing patterns in your Wi-Fi’s speed, such as it slowing down when everyone gets home for the day, it’s likely you need to increase your bandwidth.
- UNPLUG YOUR CONNECTIONS: Your equipment works hard, sometime it just needs rest. Unplugging it for this short period gives the router and modem an opportunity to clear its working memory. It’s the electronic version of an afternoon power nap.
- MOVE YOUR TECH: We tend to hide routers behind furniture or the basement. Neither of these are great for a Wi-Fi signal. Keep in mind that the fewer number of barriers between your device and your router, the better.
Distance itself can even act as a barrier to your Wi-Fi, as signals from microwaves, Bluetooth speakers, cordless phones, and baby monitors can interfere, making it feel like your whole network is slowing.
WAYS AROUND A BUSY NETWORK
If you determine your network is slow because of overuse, but are unable to upgrade, there are still a few things you can try:
- USE YOUR GUEST NETWORK: If one isn’t set up, you should be able to set it up, in your routers interface. This is a great trick because you can assign this network to your kids, and limit how much bandwidth they have access to.
- LOOK FOR A QoS FEATURE: This is similar to creating a guest network. Many routers offer a quality of service (QoS) feature, allowing you full control over how your network prioritizes data. So, if you find Netflix takes too long to load, you can prioritize your streaming over other household usage. Or if you work from home and find the kids video games are slowing you down, your laptop can be prioritized to make sure you get your work done.
- AUDIT ALL YOUR CONNECTIONS: With today's smart devices, there’s a number of things that may be slowing down your connection including phones, appliances, speakers, watches, etc.
- CHANGE YOUR WIFI PASSWORD: If there isn’t enough usage in your home to explain the slowdowns, it could be neighbours are using it. Changing your password regularly can help prevent this. You can also check your router's interface to confirm there are no outside or unknown devices connecting to your Wi-Fi.
- UPDATE YOUR DEVICE: It could be that your internet connection is fine, but the device you’re using to access the internet is slow. Restarting the device can help for the same reason you restarted your router; to clear away old requests or unnecessary data. It may also be helpful to update your operating system or browser.
If you’ve tried these techniques and are still frustrated by your connection, give us a call and we can help you reach speeds of up to 60,75,120 Mgps.
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