If you’re on a DSL connection this could be ADSL or VDSL you will have copper cables that carry the data of your Internet connection. Not to go all Albert Einstein on you but there are some factors that play a big part in the speed you eventually end up getting at your property. RESISTANCE! – This is the major factor!
Your connection originates from your local exchange, so the further away the exchange is from your house the more cable is required to reach you, which if you remember from your school science lectures, means more resistance in those pesky copper cables! This is why you may have a slower speed when testing at your house compared to the advertised speed of your Internet service provider unless you are lucky enough to live next door to the exchange!
There are other factors that also play a part, like how many people are connected to the Internet at the same time in your neighbourhood as well as in your house.
You can quickly check your speed now if you like speedtest to take a base reading before you try our handy tips to see if your broadband speed increases once the changes have been made.
If you are lucky enough to have Fibre internet the cables that your Internet uses are made from glass (yes, glass!). Because of this there is no resistance! So if you live next door to the exchange or you are the furthest house from it, the speed of your Internet will not be affected.
The biggest drop in performance actually occurs inside your house. We’ve 15 top tips to help you try speed up your Internet connection!
- There are electrical appliances in your house that can affect how effective your wireless router is. These could be stereo or computer speakers, electrical dimmer switches, cordless phones, halogen lamps, fairy lights, TVs and monitors, AC power chords, baby monitors to name a few. We basically advise you to keep the router away from as many electrical appliances as you can.
- Keep your router off the ground, try if possible to have it on a shelf this enables the signal to carry through your house more effectively.
- Try to keep the router free from obstructions, what we mean by an obstruction is don’t lock your router in a cupboard! and try to keep it in line of sight from where you use the connection the most.
- Avoid using a telephone extension cord as this can lead to causing interference and slow down you broadband connection. If this cannot be avoided, make sure that you use a high quality cable and that it is in the shortest length possible.
- Connect your router to the main telephone socket in your house, if not you are further increasing the resistance as we talked about earlier and slowing down your Internet connection.
- Some routers have 2 x antennae aerials, if you can point one vertically and one horizontally. This alters the way in which the signal is transmitted from your router and how your device receives it. By doing this it increases the chance of your device of getting a better signal!
- A wired connection will always give you the fastest speed possible and if this is an option for you please ensure the cable is not twisted or coiled.
- Review Your Plan -Choose the fastest possible broadband plan for your area, you can check this out here: Fastest Internet
- Is your modem is more than three years old? Then it’s worth upgrading for improved performance of your broadband. Don’t forget to refresh and reset your router every so often for faster Internet. Find the best routers on the market here: Best Routers
- Having a quality modem/router is essential for a good Internet experience, especially if you have a lot of people online at your place. A huge percentage of speed related problems come down to an old, cheap or otherwise dodgy router. If you get a decent one, it’ll eliminate a huge range of possible problems and make your Internet experience much better.
- If you’re struggling to connect to the Internet in certain parts of your house you could try using a wifi booster. You can get them at most tech stores- here’s a link for the best wifi boosters 2017
- Set your devices to update at night, when you’re asleep. No need to throttle your bandwidth when this can be done overnight.
- If you’re a gamer or stream movies and TV shows, you will vastly improve your experience by plugging your device directly into your modem with a network cable.
- If you want a standard phone service, you must have a splitter, so make sure a proper master splitter is attached to the master point.
- If all else fails, move house closer to an exchange or cabinet – :-) only joking, that may not work either!
Now hopefully some of these simple tips have increased the speed of your Internet. Take another speed test reading to see if it has!
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