Have you been online more in the past few weeks? If you are streaming everyday and night, you may notice your internet speeds can't keep up with your new normal and browsing habits.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
First let's talk about a few simple ways to improve your internet speed. Some Internet companies advertise huge speeds as a theoretical “potential” but in reality you will never get near it. Email or call your ISP and ask them what is actually attainable in your area so that you don’t spend heaps of time trying to get a speed that just isn’t possible.
SCAN FOR VIRUSES
The next thing you need to do is make sure that no virus itself is causing you to slow down. Sometimes viruses can live on your computer and suck resources away from what you are doing thus slowing down your speeds.
CHECK FOR ON-SYSTEM INTERFERENCE
Sometimes your virus scanner or other programs can interfere with your internet speeds. This can be frustrating but you can figure out by simply switching things off one at a time and then running a speed test again. We would always recommend having some sort of virus protection enabled, so be warned disabling this feature can put your data at risk.
If you have your internet connected to a phone line that also has a telephone on it then you will need to make sure you have good quality filters installed on your line. These are little plugs that you attach to the phone line and they help filter out the disturbances.
DIRECT IN TO THE MODEM
Wifi is nice but wireless internet is often a tad slower than if you plug in to your modem. Try getting that chord out of the box and plugging straight into the modem, especially if it is your desktop computer and you don’t need to move it around very often.
SHORTEN OR REPLACE CABLES
The length of your cables and their structure can affect speeds. Try replacing old phone cables, sockets and lines and instead use shorter and newer ones. This can often make a big difference, and many of the ISP's will install extra long cables on the modems in case you wanted to move the device. This may save them a service call down the road, but it will more than likely effect your speeds.
Turn off your modem for one minute and turn it on again. Heck, unplug it for a few hours and reconnect it. This is called power cycling and can often flush out a bunch of problems that affect your speed. If you are really brave you can even reconfigure your modem with a new password as this can often refresh your settings at the end of your ISP and refresh connections.
If your internet is still running slow, connect with ONIT Concierge. We work with all of the top ISP's and can provide you with a list of services in your area that may provide a better web-browsing experience. 800-610-2139