Is Your Internet Slow?
Everybody hates slow internet. Nobody should have to deal with buffering & dropping wifi constantly. There are some reasons why your internet connection is poorer than it should be, I’m going to do my best to make sure your home internet is the best it can be.
The main reason you may have problems is simply that your internet speed is too slow. Your internet speed affects the performance of your internet activities.
Why does Internet Speed Matter?
Internet speed is measured in Mbps (Megabits per second); it’s the number of millions of bits per second that can be transferred to your computer. Your bandwidth is the number of millions of bits can be moved to your device every second. Let’s say you download a file that has 10 Mb of data if your data speed is only 1 Mbps it would take 10 seconds to download that file. Now let’s say your bandwidth is 10 Mbps, it would take 1 second to download that same file.
How fast does your internet need to be?
What if speed isn’t your problem? If the numbers seem right but the speed still seems to slow it’s time to optimize your internet.
Fiber vs Coax
Your internet (if it’s not delivered by satellite) runs through one of two types of wires: coax wiring which is slower and fiber which can access faster speeds.
You may be sharing bandwidth with the rest of the community with coax but in most cases, fiber runs straight to your home so you don’t have to split your speed with anyone. Having personally tried both if fiber is offered in your area I highly recommend getting it because you generally get the speed you pay for.
Optimize your Internet
There are other external factors that influence your internet speed. The internet could be running slower due to the age of your devices because they need more memory.
It’s a good idea to put your internet router (the thing that emits wifi) closer to your internet devices because walls, metal pipes, and glass surfaces slow down your connection.
Having viruses may slow down your machines processing power and in turn, slow down the internet.
Restarting your device closes unused apps and improves internet speed.
Always make sure at least 10% of your space on your hard drive is free or it could REALLY slow down your speed.
The more devices connected to the internet at any given time the more your bandwidth is divided. Turn off these devices when you’re not using them.
If you really need the speed try plugging your device directly into the router.
If all else fails, unplug the router and plug it back in.