As broadband services get quicker and quicker, it’s important that your home connection stays with the times and avoids lagging behind. This is particularly true if you have important work to complete from home, have a few different devices using one connection or are just fed up with slow internet speeds.
Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to make a few changes that should help you get the most from your internet connection. Here we take a look at four steps to take to maximise speeds.
Test your internet speed
The first thing to get done is a connection speed test. These are fairly easy to find on the internet and will give you a good idea of exactly how quickly your connection is running. Once this is complete you can compare your actual speeds against those advertised by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and make sure you’re actually receiving the product you purchased.
In some cases it may actually be your hardware that is holding back your connection speeds. If you have a particularly old router or haven’t updated in a while, it may be a good idea to check whether new routers are available from your ISP and whether they would be able to increase your speeds.
Older models are unable to transfer data quite as quickly as the newest 802.11n routers, resulting in quite a reduction in internet speeds. Similarly, new fibre optic hardware will also increase speeds – it’s a good idea to take a look at Virgin Media fibre optic broadband for more information on such services.
You may also be experiencing slower speeds because of poor security arrangements. This can be dealt with in two ways. Firstly, make sure you have a password encoded connection and that it can’t be accessed by other, unwanted users as freeloaders will severely limit your internet speeds.
Secondly, make sure you have anti-spyware and anti-virus protection software. This should ensure no malicious software is affecting your speeds and systems.
Finally, the position of your router in the house can have a large affect on how well the connection functions and what speeds you are able to receive. Make sure the router is located centrally in the home and that it isn’t tucked away in a basement but can be found on the main or upper floors. If it’s still struggling, you may need to purchase a repeater to increase signal strengths.