During this unusual time where we are advised to stay at home where possible, families are spending much more time together. As a result we are all using the internet at once in order to work, study and play. Here are some ways to maximise your internet speed:
Check your speed
A good broadband speed has never been more important, so the first thing to do is to check your speed. You can usually do this yourself using your broadband provider’s website. Check the speed you are paying for and check the speed you’re receiving. Sometimes there are quick fixes that your provider can carry out remotely to improve things.
Is your router in the correct position?
By placing your wireless router in the incorrect spot in your home can make a huge difference to its performance. If it is placed next to an electrical appliance, a window, a mirror, on the floor, in an extension or at the top of the property it can have significant interference and slow your speed right down.
Try and position your device near the centre of your home and close to the place that you rely on it the most – either close to your television or home office. Talk to your provider to make sure you have the latest model as this can also have an impact.
Don’t turn your router off
Make sure it’s on all the time unless you are going on holiday. If you keep turning it on and off you may find that it becomes slower because the local exchange will think your phone line is unstable and cannot deal with the high speeds.
Give it a kick start
If you find that it sometimes drops in speed, try turning it on and off again. It sounds obvious but this can make a difference.
Fit a microfilter
A microfilter is a small box that stops services interfering with each other – this is important if you use a home phone line.
Check your router settings
Talk to your Internet provider and find out how to remotely access your router settings. This will have settings that will enable you to make your router more efficient.
Change your username and password
Change your router name and password to something recognisable and memorable otherwise you could find it time consuming connecting to different devices throughout the home.
Make sure you’re on the fastest channel
Your wireless router will have several channels and some will be faster than others. If your neighbour has the same channel then you may find this slows yours down. Try different channels until you find one with a better speed – it’s trial and error with this one!
Use a booster
You can get hold of a wifi extender which boosts and carries your internet connection through your wiring and taking it to all corners of the home where the signal is otherwise weak. This is especially true for those with an extension. You can use these to create your very own wifi hotspot.
Use an ethernet cable
If you want a quick fix for a strong signal straight to your computer, use an ethernet cable from your router.
Check your data limit
A data cap limits your internet usage which can cause a slow-down in your broadband speed. To find out what this is and if you’re close to the limit, contact your broadband provider.
Check how many devices you’re using
Turn off any devices that aren’t being used as these can slow your internet speed considerably. Media pop ups can also be a culprit so make sure applications that aren’t being used are turned off.