During this day and age, there is nothing quite as annoying as suffering through sluggish internet speeds. It seems to happen during the worst of times when internet users are uploading their latest family photos, streaming a new movie, or attempting to download that news songs and album.
Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are a few simple tips and tricks that will allow anyone to enjoy lightning fast internet for any of their mobile and WiFi devices.
The first, and perhaps most important, place to look for a problem is with the computer itself. There are literally thousands of factors that determine the upload and download rates of high speed internet, and many have nothing to do with service providers, modems, and routers.
The first thing to do is to find a reliable anti-virus program and web browser. These two programs will eat up large amounts of processing power and not all browsers and spyware programs are created equal. Anti-virus programs on their highest settings will slow down even the most advanced computers which is why users have the option to find a comfortable balance between virus protection and processing speeds.
Within the browser itself, there are many options for the internet that will speed up connections. Cookies and caching will preserve bits and pieces of the most visited websites, allowing for pages to load much quicker. If websites are still loading slow, many browsers have a ‘text only’ option within their settings which denies any media or graphics to appear on a web page. It is also important to keep up with computer maintenance such as defragging, full computer anti-virus scans, closing down any unused background programs, and disk cleanup.
The next place to look is the modem and router. Even with advanced routers and modems being produced, many internet companies opt to give new customers the cheaper incarnations of this technology. This means that many are suffering through slow internet speeds unnecessarily. One simple solution to upgrade the speed and range of a wireless router is to change its position. A centralized location will offer an entire household or property the best chance at receiving a good signal. Other factors that may harm a routers signal include thicker walls, metal piping, and appliances of all types.
The least amount of physical items that the signal has to go through, the quicker the internet will typically be. It is also important to put a good password on every wireless network. The more devices that are directly connected to a modem or wireless router, the slower the signal will be. A
password will keep unwanted parties from accessing the internet. It is also important to turn
the wireless off any devices not being used.
Many houses may have dozens of pieces of technology that passively use up bandwidth including smartphones, tablets, laptops, printers, and ereaders. The final piece of the puzzle is the internet service provider themselves. There is no single provider that has the quickest speeds at all locations. One provider may be good downtown while having almost no service a short distance out of the city. It is imperative to look for reviews and to speak with the company themselves to ensure that they have reliable and quick speeds in that particular location.
These few easy tips and tricks can increase the speed and reliability of any internet connection in moments. It will enable those photos to upload faster, streaming movies to come in clearer, and that new album to download a little quicker.