Why is the internet so slow sometimes?
We will present you with some simple solutions which can improve your internet speed and signal quality.
Let’s see the steps you need to follow to get rid of the headache caused by a slow connection , and make internet faster at home and office.
1. Firstly, you should establish what your internet speed actually is.
This way you will be able make a comparison between the speed on your PC and the average speed of subscribers of the same provider . If everything seems to be alright, then you should know that internet speed may also decrease according to your surfing habits.
If you constantly open many tabs, download one or more movies, perhaps even music and also watch YouTube videos , it is very possible that not everything will load as quickly. So firstly you need to be more organized.
Slow internet speed may also have another cause, if the sites you visit are hosted on crowded or less advanced servers. If after speed tests, things don’t look too good try restarting the router first or reset the network adapter/ NIC (Control Panel >Network and Internet >Network and Sharing Center > Disable/Enable Adapter).
2. You could also try resetting the network adapter by using Windows Troubleshooter. If that doesn’t work, check the cables also . They may have deteriorated in time or the jacks may have loosened.
3 . Another cause for slow internet speed is also the fact that the bandwidth is divided between all the devices connected. Try to keep only one active connection and see if there are any improvements. If you notice an improvement then the router is to blame. You could try to reset it to factorysettings, update it or change the firmware. Don’t forget to write down the connection data before that.
Let’s just say that all this hasn’t solved your problem yet. Don’t despair there are still plenty solutions left.
4. For starters you should clean your cache, delete your cookies, your browsing history and temporary files. Internet Explorer: Tools – Delete Browsing History (Ctrl+Shift+Del). Do not tick the password box. However, tick the rest of the boxes.
Mozilla Firefox: Tools – History – Clear Recent History. Select delete all, since the browser installation date.
Chrome: Tools – History – Clear Browsing Data. Delete everything but don’t forget to save your passwords and other data you used online before you do it.
Opera: Settings – Privacy & Security – Clear Browsing Data.
You can keep your passwords here too.
5. And since you have started to clean your computer, you can also check how much RAM your browser extensions use up or you can see what you need to do when you have more tabs open simultaneously. If you still use Internet Explorer, try other browsers as well.
Chrome, Firefox or Opera are top browsers which will definitely impress you, perhaps you can also try to deactivate their extensions and plugins.
6. While on the cleaning topic you can also get rid of temporary files (Start – All Programs – Accessories – System Tools – Disk Cleanup). We recommend CCleaner though, a kit that quickly deletes all the unnecessary files.
We will linger for a bit here because you should get rid of every useless program which you have installed, maybe even unknowingly (toolbars, extensions, adware or spywares which came with a good program.
Go to Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall a program and see what can be uninstalled,
Be careful what you delete first. Don’t click on Uninstall without checking what it does first.
7. Finally, don’t forget to update your browser, your operating system and more importantly scan your computer with an antivirus.
Avira, Avast, AVG or Malewarebytes are free and you can download them from the official sites. You can check your firewall as well which is known to limit the speed of some apps if there are unsuitable settings.
So far, everything was relatively easy.
8 . If the problem continues and the internet speed is still slow you may have to take a look at your router.
If you are using a wireless connection and you barely have signal, try changing the router’s place. The place where you put your router can affect the quality of the wireless signal.
You should try to put it on a high position, without interfering with other devices, as far as possible from the PC’s cables, cordless phones or surveillance wireless cameras, for example.
Most of them work on 2, 4 or 5, 8 GHz and may interfere.
You can use Heatmapper a very useful program which helps with finding the most appropriate place for your router signal wise.
You can try a couple other things as well:
a. First go to the administration panel and check if you your network is used by others also.
b. If the answer is yes you should secure your wireless network.
c . Try changing the channel of the wireless signal also. It is possible that your neighbors use the same channels. You can use Wi-Fi Analyzer (Android), in SSIDer (Windows) or KisMAC (Mac) to find a free channel. The settings are different for each router, but the process shouldn’t create too much problems.
d. If you still don’t notice an improvement in internet speed, you should update the router’s firmware from the developer’s website. Be sure to inform yourself first as this process requires a lot of attention, it is not an easy task for beginners and you risk damaging the router permanently.
9. It is time to move on to the cable and signal part. First, you should check if the network card drivers are up to date or not. Try reinstalling; in most cases this should fix the problem.
However if you still have a slow connection you should call the provider. They can check your connection and you can find out where the problem lies…or maybe your PC needs an upgrade.