Nowadays, walking around the house with your tablet, or using your laptop in bed, is considered sort of a given. But this can quickly become annoying when your internet stops working the way it’s supposed to.
Then, what do you do when your internet appears to be slow?
The first thing you have to do, is check the speed.
To begin with, you should try to find out precisely how fast your connection is. You can do this at a website called speedtest.net.
In order to do this right, you have to restart your computer. There might be number of factors affecting your internet or your computer performance, for instance, too many windows open, or any other task that’s taking resources from your computer and your internet.
After you’ve restarted your computer, plug it straight the modem with a Ethernet cable. This will show you how fast your internet goes without any interference, straight from the source. Write these numbers down and check you’re getting what your provider is charging you for.
Then, plug back your router and run the test again, through your wireless network. Compare both results. If there’s no big difference, then your WiFi is fine and you should talk to your internet provider. Either, you need to upgrade to a better plan, or you let them know you’re not getting what you’re paying for.
Now, if your WiFi makes your internet significantly slower, you have an issue on your hands. But there’s a few things you can do.
Go and check your router.
Your problem might be here. One of the last standards in routers technology is the 802.11n wireless networking standard. What’s important here is the “n” at the end. If you pay attention to your router, you’re going to see that it’s labeled 802.11 and b, g, or n. It’s fine if your router belongs to this last group, but if you see a “b” or a “g” after this numbers, maybe it’s about time you get a new one. If this is the case, and you do buy a new router, you’ll be able to see your internet speed climb up pretty drastically.
But even if you already own an “n” router, there’s something you can do to improve its response. Updating the firmware might increase your internet’s overall performance. Every router is different, so in order to update the firmware correctly, you should check the manual or the company’s website for instructions.
Who else is using your WiFi?
Bandwidth is not that hard to fill up. Online gaming, video and, specially, file sharing, can take up all your resources pretty quickly diminish the speed and condition of your connection.
There’s something else you can do.
If your house is big enough to keep your router too far from your computer, or the walls are too thick, then you might have a week signal.
In this case, you can get a wireless extender. It takes your router’s signal and sends it again to the parts of the house that the router can’t reach, using the same frequency.
This is not a great solution because, since it has to obtain the signal and then resend it, you make your WiFi, at least, twice as slow as it was. So, before buying one of this devices, try placing the router in a better location, and situate it as high as possible, away from your fridge and any thick (and/or) metallic furniture.
If you keep having problems or any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us!