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How to Increase the Speed of Your Broadband Internet Connection

How to Increase the Speed of Your Broadband Internet Connection


Sometimes high-speed broadband Internet connections are anything but fast. In fact, some consumers find that their new broadband service is barely better than the slow and unreliable dial-up service it replaced. Those consumers often resign themselves to years of slow service, without taking the time to investigate and find out what is slowing things down. If this sounds like you, take a few minutes now to check out your connection and take a few simple steps to make it faster.

Your First Step Should Be To Call To The ISP

Sometimes broadband providers experience trouble with the lines that carry the data signals, and this can cause a slowdown in service. The ISP should have automated equipment that warns technicians of such a slowdown, but these automated systems do not always work the way they should. It could be that the ISP is unaware of the problem - notifying them can help them fix it and restore faster service.

Test Your Connection Speed

You can also test your connection speed on the Internet, using speed testing sites that tell you exactly how fast you are connecting to the Internet and how long it takes to upload and download data. You can then compare this actual speed to the speeds advertised by the ISP - if there is a large difference a follow-up call is warranted. You are paying for high-speed service - and you should get what you pay for.

Check Your Computer

If the speeds provided by the ISP are within acceptable ranges, the problem could lie with your computer and networking equipment. Your home computer or laptop is a good place to start. Begin by removing unneeded programs - that can free system resources and help your PC run more efficiently. Also look for programs running in the background and close any you do not need. You need to keep your firewall and antivirus software running at all times, but chances are there are other programs that do not need to start automatically. Upgrading your Internet browser can boost speeds as well. You may also want to download an alternative browser like Firefox or Chrome to see if that boosts your online speed.

Check Your Networking Equipment

After your PC has been taken care of, you will want to look at your networking equipment - like your broadband modem and your router. It is a good idea to reset both the modem and the router at least once a month. Resetting the modem and router will disrupt your Internet connection temporarily, so wait until you are done downloading files and surfing the web. Then power down the modem, followed by the router. Let both remain off for a couple of minutes, then power up the modem and wait for the green ready lights to start flashing. Power the router up next and test the speed of your Internet connection.

Set up a Strong Password

If you have not already done so, now is the perfect time to secure your wireless network. If the speed of your broadband connection is good, your computer is clean and up to date but you still experience unexplained slowdowns, the problem could be that others have been accessing your wireless signal to run their devices. Securing your network with a password will prevent these unauthorized devices from slowing down your signal, and protect the personal information that flows through your home network.

You do not have to settle for slow broadband connections or resign yourself to slow and unreliable service. Taking a few minutes to find and fix the source of the problem can give you the high speeds you wanted when you ditched dial-up for broadband in the first place.