5 Things You’re Doing That Slow Down Your Internet Speed

5 Things You're Doing That Slow Down Your Internet Speed

There are little things that can be quite as frustrating as slow Internet. It drives us all crazy when your Netflix keeps freezing, or our Zoom calls continue to drop out. While many factors can lead to slow Internet speeds, we can easily fix many of them. However, it’s crucial to be able to identify patterns and determine the causes of your slow Internet speeds so that you can fix them. Here are 5 things you’re doing that slow your Internet speed: 

Slow Internet Speed Reasons

Location of the Router 

Place your router at an optimal location

If you’re dealing with slow Internet speed, it could be because you haven’t given a second thought to where you’ve plugged in your router. Placing your router at a low height will usually reduce its performance, and wireless signals do not penetrate physical barriers well. Thus, you might, for example, experience a weak signal if you put your router on the second floor and try to access it with a device on the first floor. This is because it might need to travel vertically through solid walls and flooring. Additionally, you should consider the location of your router relative to your devices. The signal will be weaker the greater distance between the two pieces of equipment. 

Changing the position of your router could help with speeding up the Internet. If it is close to the ground, place it as high as possible to broadcast the radio waves further. Putting the router on an elevated surface might help keep it free from interference. Try to eliminate any physical barriers that might be in the way. Also, position your access points perpendicular to the walls rather than parallel to dense structures. Your router and devices should be as close together as possible. If your appliances are spread out, place the router in the center of the space, as WiFi transmits in 360 degrees. You might need additional devices such as repeaters or WiFi extenders to help carry the signal over a wider area for bigger spaces.

Unauthorized Internet Access

If your Internet speed drops suddenly, there’s a chance your network has been infiltrated. If you have no password or have a weak one, anyone could be stealing your Internet. If other people are using up your bandwidth, leaving you with limited service, you may experience slow download speeds or upload speeds. First, confirm that no one outside your house or organization is logged into your network. There are many free types of software you can use to see which devices are connected. Look for IP addresses that do not match your equipment. If you find that your network has been breached, change your password right away. Pick something secure that you will remember, but thieves will not be able to guess. Do not use your address or your business name, as this could increase your chances of getting hit again. 

Malware

Get rid of malware immediately

Even if you do not find any unknown devices connected to your network, you might still have a security problem. Another form of malware or a virus could be running in your computer’s background and might have also infected your browser. Furthermore, it may be reducing the speed and processing power of your computer by opening tabs and windows which you cannot see. Thus, your network might be getting a large amount of traffic, slowing it to a crawl. To fix this problem, download malware removal software or enlist the help of a professional. The latter might be a better option, as an expert can check your whole network for any problems and provide you with advice on how to avoid similar problems in the future, such as: 

  • Improving the security settings on your browser 
  • Avoiding opening attachments or emails from suspicious or unknown senders 
  • Installing manufacturers’ updates when they are released
  • Avoiding downloading games and other files from questionable or illegal websites

Signal Interference

Wireless signals are all around you, whether from satellites, cell towers, cordless phones, or other electronic devices and can impact your WiFi signal. WiFi is generally on a frequency of 2.4. GHz and should be separate from your other devices. However, noise can still create interference. For example, if you have an old router, it is more likely to be affected by a microwave signal than a newer model. Similarly, bluetooth signals typically rotate among different frequencies, with newer devices knowing to avoid channels currently in use. However, is disruptions such as your neighbor’s router are still possible. The easiest solution when experiencing interference with specific devices is to move one of them. You might have to change your router’s channels to get quicker Internet speeds and reduce noise in more complicated scenarios. As channel 6 is usually the default channel, try adjusting this up or down to avoid competition. 

Substandard Cables or Router

The performance of your router will likely decrease over time as a result of wear and tear, as well as a build-up of heat. This may reduce the speed at which it processes network traffic, leading to a poor Internet connection. Additionally, your ethernet cable could also cause your slow speeds. Although your network may be totally optimized, a cable with a broken copper can prevent you from having a smooth online experience. Furthermore, older electrical systems might also have certain limitations. One way to solve these issues is to buy a newer and faster router, using the old one to extend your network and get traffic moving faster. If you suspect that the cables are the issues, check them for awkward bends or breaks. If the problem isn’t visible, network cable testers can also help you identify it.

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Slow WiFi

The most critical puzzle piece is determining whether the issue is with your Internet service or your WiFi network. Internet connection comes from an ISP like Verizon and is the link from the external world into a box you have called the modem. The WiFi network is ordinarily specific to your house, using a router to beam wireless Internet around. Run an Internet speed test to find the source of the problem. If your speeds are lower away from your router, there is an issue with the WiFi network. Contrarily, if your speeds are approximately the same in both locations, the problem is with your Internet service. 

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