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Ask a room full of people how many of them have faced or face problems with their internet connection in regards to speed. Chances are almost all of them will raise their hands, and of course, we know very well how that feels. If you are one of such people, then read on to see what YOU can do to make your life with Internet better!
How do we understand we are not getting proper speeds or facing problems when using the Internet? We compare the current situation with a benchmark. Therefore, it is essential for our benchmark to be as accurate as possible for our comparison to be accurate. We sure don’t want to look like a fool when we call up our ISP to complain only to hear that we ARE getting what we paid for. So, the very first thing you should do is check your actual internet connection speed using a speed tester site. There are several out there, but Speedtest.net by Ookla is the most reliable from what I have found.
To check your speed, type www.speedtest.net/? into your browser’s address bar.
It is very important that you add the question mark “?” after the website address. This will clear up that website’s browser cache before loading it for better and more accurate results. You don’t need to know what browser cache is for now.
Once the website loads, just click the green “Begin Test” button to start your test.
Once you get the results, you can understand how things really are.
Next up, follow these 5 steps:
1) Secure your Wi-Fi
What I mean by that is protect your Wi-Fi connection with a password to prevent freeloaders from connecting and hogging your bandwidth. You can do that by logging into your router’s access control panel through your browser by typing in the IP address of the router. You can find the IP address written on the router on a sticker either on the back or on the bottom of your router. It might look something like this:
If you have not configured it already before, then you can also find the default login username and password there. Once you log in, go to Wireless settings and set up password protection.
2) Change router position
One of the common causes of poor internet speed is the position of your Wi-Fi router in your home. What most of us don’t know is that a lot of things like doors, walls, electronic devices, microwave oven etc. can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and reduce performance. Try relocating your router to a place with a lot of breathing room; preferably atop your bookshelf. Also clean the dust off of your router once in a while. This will prevent the router from overheating.
3) Clean up your PC/Laptop
As we go on using our devices week after week without a care in the world, a lot of digital grub like junk files and old cache can accumulate which can greatly affect your internet performance. So it is essential that you clean such grub at least once a week. You can do it manually or use some simple and free cleanup software you can find on the internet. These are some of the best free cleanup utilities out there:
a) CCleaner– You can download it from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download for free!
b) The PC Decrapifier– Download it from https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download for free!
Digital grub is not the only thing to clean up. There are a lot of applications we run on our computer which we don’t always use but those still run in the background and hog your internet speed. Open the Task Manager by pressing CTRL + ALT + DELand close those unused applications.
4) Get a Wi-Fi extender
Oftentimes our Wi-Fi signal cannot penetrate too far through obstructions like walls and furniture and we end up not getting strong signals in certain areas of our home and face slow speeds as a result. To get rid of this problem all you need to do is either buy a more powerful router (which can be quite pricey) or get a relatively cheaper Wi-Fi signal booster/extender.
5) Change connection
If all else fails, call up your ISP and make it clear to them that you are NOT getting what you paid for. See if they can fix the problem. If not, go for a different ISP. Like someone once said, “There’s plenty of fish in the sea.”
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