With more people than ever now using their home Wi-Fi, understandably it will sometimes start to slow. Especially if your household is using the Wi-Fi all at the same time, which, let’s be honest, is probably happening in every home every day.
There are many factors that can impact on your Wi-Fi speed, the distance your home is from the telephone exchange, the time of day you go online, the number of people using it at the same time. These can all play a part in slowing your connection down.
But there are also a few other factors that we outline below to help you speed up your connection and help identify what could be slowing it down.
1 Carry out a speed test
This is an easy way to benchmark your overall speed and see how strained your connection is. You can run a speed test on sites such as https://broadbandtest.which.co.uk/ or simply type in “speed test” into Google from your phone it will bring up a button for you to run a test from.
2 Update your browser
Make sure whichever browser you are using to access the internet is up to date. Browser updates can often speed up your browsing experience, so make sure you have the latest update.
3 Some electric devices can interfere
If your router is placed near some electrical devices, they can interfere with the connection. Appliances such as electrical dimmer switches, computer speakers, baby monitors, cordless phones and TVs can all make an impact. Try and place your router away from these, if possible.
4 Check your wiring
Poor quality wiring from between your master socket and your router can limit your internet speed. The master socket is where the phone or internet line comes into your house. If possible, have your router plug directly into the master socket without any long cable extensions.
5 Interference from neighbours
Wi-Fi only has a finite number of radio frequencies it can use and with almost every household having Wi-Fi this can get very congested in built-up areas and cause interference that slows your connection. Your router may have an option to change the radio channel it uses so you can avoid the more congested frequencies in your area.
6 Maybe a router upgrade is needed
Most of us have had our router since we connected to the internet. So, if your connection is slow, maybe now is the time to look to get a newer version which will help with a speedier connection. Try to get one that has 5G Wi-Fi as this can be much quicker.
7. Go old school and plug in
If all else fails and the Wi-Fi is really slow. Go old school and plug your computer directly into the router rather than using the Wi-Fi. This should give you a faster and more reliable connection.
8. Upgrade or Switch
See if you current ISP can upgrade you to a faster internet connection. If not, have a look at other providers, such as Virgin, or even radio broadband like WISP https://www.ukwispa.org/.
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