Speed Up Your Internet Connection in 10 Easy Steps

computersFor many people, especially those that rely on their Internet connection for school or work, there is nothing more aggravating than slow-downs. When once zippy connections slow to a snail’s pace, it can be incredibly frustrating. Luckily, there are several steps that you can take to speed up your connection without needing to phone your provider.

1.PC Maintenance

It’s not unusual for slow Internet connections to be caused by computers that haven’t been maintained properly. If you aren’t in the habit of cleaning your PC, giving it a good scrubbing can increase your connection speeds dramatically. The first thing you should do is run a disk defrag. Next, run a scan disk, a virus scan, a spyware scan, a malware scan, and then clear your recycle bin.

2.Reset Your Network

If you have more than one computer connected to your home network, resetting your network can help speed your connection. Simply unplug your router, wait for 10 seconds and plug it back in.

3.Connect to Your Router

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Using a computer over Wi-Fi can cause your connection to slow down. Try plugging your laptop into your router to see if that increases its speed. Routers tend to direct traffic more effectively when they are physically connected to your PC or laptop.

4.Clear Your Cache

Keeping your computer cleared of temporary Internet files can help to speed your connection. To clear your files, open your web browser, click on tools, click on options or Internet options, and clear your cache, including cookies. Do this at least once a day; more if you are a heavy web browser.

5.Check for Conflicts

Did you know that cordless phones can interfere with your Internet connection? So can wireless security cameras installed in your home. If your wireless items are 2.4 or 5.8 GHz, they could slow down your connection speed while in use. If you still have a landline, look for a phone that is only 900 MHz.

6.Get a New Computer

If your computer is ages old, there is no hope of making your connection faster. If your computer is five years old, or older, consider replacing your computer with a newer model. Unfortunately, even with the best habits, computers slow down and, eventually, become obsolete.

7.Look for a New Router

Just as computers become obsolete, so do routers. If you haven’t bought a new router since you first went wireless, it may be time to look for a new model. Look for a router that has speed specifications that match or outrank the speeds touted by your ISP.

8.Upgrade Your Firmware

If you don’t need to replace your router, you may just need to upgrade your firmware. Check out the manufacturer’s site for your router and see if there are any downloads available. Follow the on-screen directions for updating your router’s firmware.

9.Get a New Modem

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If you are utilizing a broadband connection, it may be time to upgrade your modem. Many people think that they are tied to their cable provider’s modem or that it will last forever. The truth is that modems degrade. If you’ve had your modem for several years, try a new one.

10.Do a Speed Test

Once you’ve gone through some or all of the steps above run a speed test. If you aren’t running at speeds promised by your provider, it’s time to contact the company. If the steps you take don’t speed up your connection, there may be something wrong with your cable lines.

You don’t have to live with shoddy or slow Internet service. If you can’t seem to speed up your connection and get no help from your provider, it may be time to search for a new company.

Eric Lustig writes articles for several blogs and requires a good internet connection. Check out Internetproviders.org for a list of providers in your area.