What Can Be The Cause Of a Slow Internet Connection

You just finished a hard day of work, went home, prepared dinner and got ready to stream the new episode of your favourite TV show. But just as you found a comfy position, the episode starts cutting off and buffers over and over again. Your perfect evening of relaxation is ruined!

Internet really is a commodity, yet we are so used to having it that we often take it for granted. And once it goes down, that’s when you realize that you never appreciated it enough!

The thing is, you are entitled to be angry if you are not getting what you are paying for. But before you go to your Internet service provider and show your dissatisfaction, make sure you make sure that the problem doesn’t lie somewhere in your home.

If a slow internet connection is giving you a headache, here are the few most important things you need to check!

Is It You or Your ISP At All?

Is your slow internet speed an ongoing issue, or is it just a one-off occurrence? Sometimes you might be experiencing slow load time and that has nothing to do with you, but it has everything to do with the website you are on. If the website is overloaded, the response from the server might be taking long. There is a quick check for this, fortunately – just go on another website and see if it will load any quicker.

Is It Your Device?

Sometimes, one device can have real trouble with the connection while the other one runs smoothly. If you can notice a difference between the performance across different devices, then your problem might lay there. For example, if your smartphone can load websites almost instantly while your laptop is struggling to do the same, chances are the problem is probably your laptop.

Sometimes, this is a quick fix. Have you turned it off and on again? Your laptop might be processing some updates and a restart is needed for them to be finalized.

Also, it might be an out-of-date driver which is causing the problem. If your driver isn’t updated, it might not be picking the signal up properly. Check in the system configuration when the driver was last updated. Even if the system says that the driver is up-to-date, check for updates manually by looking it up on the internet. Check if there is an updated version of the driver, but make sure you are downloading the correct version and that you are downloading it from a trusted source.

If none of the above is the problem, you might have a lot of programs running in the background and slowing your computer down, and they are not always good programs. Malware and viruses are running undercover and they might be the reason why your computer is slow. Run an antivirus check and you might suddenly find the source of the problem!

Is Your Router the Problem?

Your router and your modem sometimes need a bit of refreshing as well. If you are using one device as both a router and a modem, try to reset it, and if your router and modem are separate, you would need to reset both.

The case might be that only one needs resetting, but you know what they say – if there is a 50:50 chance to get it right, there is usually a 100% chance that you will get it wrong! It’s best to be safe.

While something as simple as resetting may solve the problem, that might not always be the case. Think of the last time when you have replaced your router. Your router might be old and it might not have the necessary power to deliver the results you are after. Newer routers transmit the signal over two radio frequencies -2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This is not possible with an older router.  If your router is not capable to transmit the speed of your Internet, it is time to go shopping for a new one!

Is Your Router Positioned Properly?

All of us underestimate the difference that the position of the router can make to the Wi-Fi signal. Routers might not be the prettiest devices that we have seen, so all of us are trying to position them somewhere where they are not very visible. However, that might be the reason why your Wi-Fi is slow.

The Wi-Fi signal can be interrupted by materials such as metal and concrete. Having said that, it is clear that placing the router where there is a lot of obstructions just so you can keep it from being visible is not a smart idea. For example, the worst place to put your router in is the basement for obvious reasons.

Positioning your router somewhere high and central is your best bet. By doing so, you are extending the broadcasting range of the radio waves  Also, the waves are transmitted in all directions, which is why it makes perfect sense to position the router towards the center of your home.

It Might Be You ISP After All

If you have checked all of the possible problems and haven’t found a smoking gun, then it might be your IPS after all. The Internet package that you have signed up for should state a minimum and maximum speed. Do an internet speed test and if the numbers don’t match, it is time to give them a ring.

The Internet became an integral part of our lives and it is only normal to feel mad if things are not as they should be. Check these common connection issues and you might find that the solution was much simpler than you thought on the first place!

Emily JacobsTechnologyUncategorized
You just finished a hard day of work, went home, prepared dinner and got ready to stream the new episode of your favourite TV show. But just as you found a comfy position, the episode starts cutting off and buffers over and over again. Your perfect evening of relaxation is ruined! Internet really is...