Everyone wants the fastest Internet speed they can get, but higher speeds can be prohibitively expensive, or unavailable in some areas. No matter what your connection speed, these tips will help you get the most out of your bandwidth.
First, if your connection has recently seemed to slow down, try rebooting your modem and router. To do this, just unplug them from the power for several seconds. This can help by clearing out any old data and refreshing the configuration. Remember that no hardware is meant to be constantly on, and a quick reboot can give you a fresh connection.
If you’re using a wireless router, there could be interference in your home. The most common consumer routers operate on 802.11b/g/n, which is in the 2.4GHz range. Some cell phones, cordless phones, and even microwaves can interfere with that range, but you can easily avoid this by keeping your router well away from other appliances and turning off the data on your cell phone when you’re at home (as a bonus, using your wifi will save you some data).
Take a look at where your router is located, too. The farther it is from your computer, the weaker your connection will be. Also, if there is a kitchen or bathroom between you and your router, the pipes and insulation in the walls can cause the signal to reflect and weaken. The best place for a wireless router is a central area of the home, so the signal can cover as much area as possible.
Make sure you know who is using your connection. Keep your wifi password protected, and change it frequently if you give the password to guests. The more people using your connection, the less bandwidth each person gets, so it will run more slowly. This goes for any heavy users in your household, too, so you might want to make arrangements for streaming and downloading so that no one is inconvenienced.
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