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How To Improve Your Internet Speed

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As many people continue working from home, fast internet is a necessity. If your connection is painfully slow, we have compiled a list of tips to help speed it up. As you seek ways to improve your internet speed, consider Teleful Connect to help you compare internet providers and find the right one for your needs.

In this guide, we will cover ways to protect and boost your internet signal so you can enjoy working from home, watching videos, playing games, and doing other online activities without experiencing any lag or buffering.

Update Your Wi-Fi Password

Are unknown devices slowing down your bandwidth? By changing your Wi-Fi password, you’ll immediately boot off any freeloaders who may be slowing down your connection. 

Many people don’t regularly update their Wi-Fi password unless prompted, which is fine unless you have given out the password to too many people. 

According to Avast, the Security firm, 83% of people use weak passwords. 

When crafting a password, it is tempting to use memorable information like a spouse, child, or pet’s name along with corresponding birthdays. However, since many people freely share these details on social media, passwords are too easy to guess. 

While you don’t have to change your password monthly, you should update it to something more complex if you used an easy to guess password like “123456.”

According to Microsoft, to create a secure password, you should use at least eight characters. Also, make sure your password doesn’t contain any words, uses a mixture of all character types, and is different than passwords you’ve used in the past. 

Optimize Router Location

Wi-Fi signals can’t easily pass through thick walls or other large objects. Avoid hiding your router away in a closet, cabinet, or drawer or camouflaging it behind decorations. 

A clear path is needed for the signal to reach your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The closer you are to the router, the stronger your signal and the faster your broadband speed will be. 

Like all wireless devices, routers are susceptible to signal interference from various sources, including neighboring electrical equipment. 

Wireless devices that may interfere with your signal include:

  • Baby monitors
  • Stereos
  • Speakers
  • Televisions
  • Monitors

Run a speed test with the above items turned on. Then turn off everything but the router and do a speed test to see if it makes a difference.

Use Wires Strategically

Reverting to a hardwired connection may not be the most convenient solution, but it is the easiest way to get the maximum speed from your internet connection. Because Ethernet cables don’t encrypt data as wireless routers do, they can transfer data quicker than Wi-Fi.

Other advantages include reduced interference, so you don’t have to worry about your neighbor’s frequency. A wired connection can provide a more consistent connection for stationary devices, such as gaming consoles and PCs.

Use a Booster

If you have a multilevel home or spots where the signal is weak, you may try a booster to extend the signal to other parts of your home. The device only stretches the wireless signal and doesn’t increase speed or bandwidth. They are generally compatible with any internet provider.

Use a Powerline Networking Adapter

While a Wi-Fi booster might increase the range of your Wi-Fi signal, it can weaken it significantly. Powerline adapters can extend your Wi-Fi without degrading it. 

The quality of your home’s electrical wiring determines the speed you’ll get from a powerline adaptor.

Using the adapter, connect your router to the nearest plug socket. The electrical wiring transmits your internet signal throughout your home. You should notice a difference in the connection strength if you plug another adaptor into a socket, ideally where you have a weak signal.

Depending on the kit you choose, you can connect your laptop or other devices through Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.

Patch Your Router

If you’ve tried a hard reset on your router and you’re still experiencing slow speeds, you may need to update your router’s software. Most routers have a web interface that allows you to patch the software. Updating your router can improve its performance and repair vulnerabilities that made it susceptible to a bug slowing it down. 

Install An Ad Blocker

It is safe internet practice to install malware and adblocker software. When you surf the web without this software, you pick up tracking cookies and possibly click on malware that could slow down your internet. Malwarebytes is an industry leader in adblocking and is available as a free chrome extension.

Clear Your Cache

Clearing your cache and cookies is a process that cleans out your browser’s temporary files freeing up space for your browser to run more quickly. It helps remove any leftover clutter preventing the browser from running at its optimum speed.

Choose the Right Speed

If you’ve shopped for internet service providers, you’ll notice all speeds come in Mbps. You may have asked yourself what are Mbps and how many do I need?  

Bandwidth is commonly confused with internet speed, although it refers to the quantity of data delivered across a connection in a certain amount of time measured in megabits per second.

As the name suggests, a bit is the tiniest data unit, and a megabit is a million bits. You can expect 100 megabits per second from most internet providers, and some even offer speeds of over 1 Gigabit per second or 1 billion bits per second.  

We live in a connected society. Many people use AI assistants, gaming software, online meeting software, streaming software, security cameras, and many other devices that all use bandwidth. The ever-increasing number of connected computers can eventually slow down your browsing experience.

Upgrading to a higher internet speed tier can allow you to transmit more data quickly. Most people should aim for speed tiers with download speeds of at least 100 Mbps or higher for the best browsing experience.

Select Internet Providers That Will Best Meet Your Needs

If you’ve tried all the suggestions above and still haven’t seen any improvement – or if your connection can’t keep up with your internet demands - you might want to investigate a new plan or a different provider.

At Teleful Connect, we work hard to match you with a provider who can satisfy all your requirements. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll get to work finding a provider that can help you get your internet up to speed.