Are the actual speeds you are receiving nowhere close to being the “up to” speeds that were advertised on your package? The following are some practical free steps that can be taken to speed your broadband up. Fortunately, they are all fairly simple. Try to do the following:
Reset the router, flush out the DNS settings, clear the cache on your web browser
Those steps will reset your connection effectively and clear up whatever glitches you have. Turn off the router, box, and Wi-Fi receiver on your laptop, then wait 30 seconds before turning them on again. Follow the above steps to flush out the DNS setting, and clear out the cache on your web browser by going to settings and using the tool option.
Update your antivirus software and web browser
When your antivirus software is expired, the library stops being updates. That leaves your computer susceptible to any newly created Trojans, spyware, malware or other types of nasty viruses. They can slow your computer down, and might be using your bandwidth in some cases to upload or download other data. Always be sure to protect your computer and keep your antivirus program up to date at all times. Also, old unregistered antivirus programs and begin to swallow up your valuable bandwidth since they continue to try to update by going around in circles until you have reinstalled or manually deleted it.
Move the router nearer to the telephone socket and use ethernet for connecting your devices rather than wirelessly.
If your router is connected currently to a secondary telephone socket or extension cord, move it so that it is close to the main telephone socket in your house.
Get all of your start-up programs under control
Do you know which specific programs run each time your computer is started, and update themselves and send data over the web? You will be surprised at the number of programs that are set by default to run automatically whenever your computer is started. Two of the more frustrating culprits are iTunes and Java. A free registry cleaning program can be used to analyze what you have running whenever you log on to your computer and tell programs to stop starting up on their own.
Don’t let download managers run in the background constantly
If you are using a download manager to organize the files you receive from other websites be sure to turn them off after you complete your downloads. That will prevent them from receiving and sending information constantly, which will free up bandwidth.
Set a password on your router
If a password isn’t set on your wireless router, anybody can access and use some of your bandwidth, which can slow down your internet speeds considerably. Even worse, when your wireless network is not secure, it vulnerable to hacker attacks who can access it in order to perform illegal activities or obtain your personal information. Be sure to have a strong password so no one can guess it. Use numerical characters, lower case, and upper case characters.
Change your wireless router’s channel
Wireless networks work on different channels. Whenever there are many nearby networks using the same channel (i.e. your neighbors) that can slow your connection and cause interference. In some cases, your router’s channel can be changed manually to the least busy one. However, that is a complex process and this is done automatically by many modern routers. We recommend that you first check the manual that came with your router for information on the way the router channel has been set up. To make a change, How to Geek has a detailed tutorial you can follow. However, be warned, it gets very technical so be sure to put on your reading glasses before you start.
This is a small plastic device that looks similar to a telephone adapter. They can be picked up for a few dollars at an electronics store. It enables your broadband connection to operate smoothly along with your home telephone service without them interfering with each other. That is why they are referred to as signal splitters at times. When microfilters are not used it might result in noise and unusually slow broadband when making a phone call. All of your equipment that runs by way of your phone system (faxes, phones) should be connected via a microfilter.
Check to see if your wireless internet speeds are being interfered with by any electrical equipment
That may sound silly, however, it is worthwhile knowing that Christmas tree lights, microwaves and other kinds of electrical equipment might interfere with your wireless signal. Whenever you are browsing, try to switch them. If it isn’t possible to do that, keep your router as far away from them as you.
At this point, hopefully, your internet speeds are improved and your broadband is performing better. If not, call our Switching Support experts and they will search for the fastest broadband package that is available for your local area. They can then make arrangement to get everything switched over for you, including the installation.
If you can’t speed up your broadband then consider changing, it may also help you get a better price for your broadband.