In the information age, there are few things that are more nail-bitingly frustrating than a slow or unresponsive internet speed. Once upon a time, you were happy to sit and stare in marvel as your dial-up internet spent 15 minutes to open a 120x67px image. Now if a webpage doesn’t load completely within 3 seconds you’ll be filled with instant rage at how slow your internet speed is. You might think c’est la vie, but there are lots of ways that you can help to improve your internet speed at home so that you can say goodbye to the days of waiting entirely.
Check Your Speed
Before you do anything else, you should find out just how fast or slow your internet speed is – this will give you a good baseline to check how these tips work out for you. Speetest.net is the standard choice for most people, and it is a quick effective way to get a speed reading. While you might think you should only pay attention to your download speed, your upload speed is also important. A slow upload speed will delay your requests to websites making your experience slower. A slower upload speed will also ruin any online gaming experiences you have by introducing more lag and delay when communicating your actions to others.
Once you have an idea of your internet speed situation you’re ready to crack on and try to boost those numbers.
Place Your Router in the Best Spot
Wi-fi signals can be quite temperamental and their strength can easily be blocked by things like walls and doors, as well as many household items. If you have the choice about where to place your router then you should try to place it somewhere that gives it the clearest route (no pun intended) to your computer, console, telly or phone. Lots of us are limited in where we can have our router installed, so if your router isn’t in a great location try to do your best with a bad situation by removing as many obstacles as you can.
If you’re still not getting the best signal to your router then you could also consider connecting directly with ethernet cables when possible. Or you could try to take more drastic measures.
Invest in a Booster or Extender
Sometimes you just won’t be able to get a great signal to your router because of the layout or size of your home. If this is the case, then you might want to consider investing in a signal booster or network extender. These devices can be set up across your home and essentially act as an independent connection point for your devices. You can also get extenders that use your electric wiring to send an internet signal, allowing you to plug an ethernet into a socket adaptor – this can be a more reliable connection point than wi-fi.
Setting up lots of extenders does, unfortunately, mean that you’ll have more independent connection points for your devices to connect to. This can sometimes mean that you will have to change which adaptor your mobile is connected to, as you move through your home. While inconvenient, this might be a small price to pay for more reliable and speedier connections.
If you have managed to improve the speed between your device and router, but you’re still not getting the speed that you desire, then it is time to re-evaluate your situation entirely. It may be that your router is simply not powerful enough, or that your internet service plan is not meeting your needs. I would recommend shopping around to see if you can find a service plan that offers higher speeds than your current one, usually this will be in the form of a fibre connection. If you live in a remote location, you might also want to look into satellite internet as it is becoming an increasingly more reliable source in rural areas than the standard copper wire.
After you’ve taken all of these steps you should be enjoying a much-improved internet connection with faster speeds and less of those moments of frustration.