It's everyones pet hate! Is there anything more frustrating than your broadband speed dipping while online or streaming your favourite TV show.
Well we're here to help!
Here's Get That Gadget's guide to getting your broadband back up to speed.
While the fixed broadband speeds in Ireland have greatly increased over the last five years, it has to be said that from time to time we all experience periods when our broad band speed is nowhere near the impressive speeds advertised by internet providers. We can suffer from slow download speeds especially at peak times.
Unfortunately if you live in a rural area, then you maybe stuck with slow speeds until better providers/options become available. But if your broadband is delivered by phone lines or fibre optic cable then here's some tips on how to maximise your speed.
- First things first you need to what your actual broadband speed is. This can easily be done by performing a speed test on one of the numerous speedtester websites.
- Check your browser for updates or even try changing to a different browser. Internet explorer has decreased in popularity in recent years. Try using Chrome or Firefox
- The position of your router is very important when considering your Wi-Fi connection. It should be positioned in an area where its signal will be affected as little as possible by obstructions and interference. So avoid relying on its signal to travel through walls and similar barriers. A router will work best if positioned on high rather than stuck under your TV. If it has an aerial then make sure it is up and operational.
- Watch those applications installed on your devices like Skype, Windows Updates, Torrents or any apps that access the internet without you even realising it. To see which ones are running in the background and accessing the internet use your Task Manger which can be accessed on Windows by pressing Alt + Ctrl + Delete or in your settings on other devices.
- Purchase a wireless repeater. These improve your Wi-Fi range by bouncing the signal over a larger area than the router alone.
- Use an ethernet cable wherever possible. If your Smart TV Box or computer can be directly connected to your modem/router easily then it should. A wired connection will always be faster than a wireless as it dosen't have to cope with any obstructions or other wireless interferences and your connection will shoot from modem to your device at lightning speeds.
- Stuck in Traffic? Heaviest internet use is in the evening. So you should expect to experience some lag in speeds while everyone is access the internet at the same time.
- Talk to your provider if your speeds are not up to scratch or not as advertised. They can check for faults with your connection and modem and if they can't improve them over the phone they will generally arrange for a technician to visit for a more thorough inspection of your broadband speed.
- Change is good. If you're not happy with your service or think it's substandard then switch to a provider that can better suit your needs. Just make sure to get some feedback from internet users in your area on which provider works best with broadband speed.