6 Steps to Improve your Broadband Speed
October 27, 2017
October 27, 2017
There is nothing more annoying then your broadband suddenly slowing down while you’re streaming your favorite TV show. Here’s how you can bring things back up to speed.
Step 1 – Reduce Wireless Signal Problems
You’ll get the fastest speeds the closer you are to your router. The signal gets weaker when it passes through walls and ceilings, and things like radiators and fridges can upset the signal too. So try to get a clear line of sight to the router. If you can, put the router on a table in the centre of the house to improve its overall coverage.
Step 2 – Reduce Wireless Interference
With more and more wireless devices around, the airwaves are getting pretty crowded and interference is a growing problem.
Your router will operate on a channel with the least interference – a bit like a self-tuning radio. However if you’re not currently using one of Connexin’s routers it may be something worth considering.
Step 3 – Check Who Else is Online
It’s worth knowing that your broadband speed is shared with everyone else who is using your connection. If four people are using the internet at the same time on different devices, you’ll get roughly a quarter of the available speed each. So before downloading large files, you might want to check who else is online. And if someone uses peer-to-peer software, you could ask them to turn it off at times when other people at home want to use the internet.
Step 4 – Pop up ads
Many sites out there bombard you with tons of ads, and quite often you will feel that you have no choice but to use an ad blocker because either the ads slow down the site loading too much, or they are incredibly annoying and get in the way or distract from your browsing.
Installing an ‘AD blocker’ will help your browser and computer run faster, it will also decrease the threat of viruses.
Step 5 – Check Your Computers In Shape
Your broadband speed will be slower if your computer’s not in peak condition. Having unnecessary clutter and viruses will both slow you down. If your computer is more sluggish than normal, it could be because of programs or apps that you’ve installed recently. If your connection is a lot faster, this shows that one of your programs is a chief suspect.
Step 6 – Install Anti-Virus Software
It’s a good idea to have anti-virus software installed on your computer. Having viruses or spyware running in the background can slow you down.
Antivirus or anti-virus software is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software, Connexin recently put a list of the best free pieces of software to protect your computer, check it out here to see how you can improve your broadband speed. – https://home.connexin.co.uk/best-free-antivirus-programs/