The internet has come a long way since the days of dial-up connections and slow-to-load web pages. Recent technology advances have made internet speeds fast, and information is accessible in an instant—which is why it’s so frustrating when a slow internet connection forces you to wait for information to load.
Between streaming online entertainment and multitasking to get your work done, you need fast internet. So when you experience lag or connection issues, it may be time to investigate. Start with the following five tips.
1. Check for Router Obstructions
Regardless of your Wi-Fi network, obstructions in your home or poor placement of your wireless router can weaken your signal strength. Objects such as metal studs, stone, brick, glass, or lots of floors and walls between your computer and the router can interfere with your signal.
Ideally, place your router in a centralized location so all rooms in your home have better access to the signal. If you can’t put the router in an easily accessible spot, remove as many obstructions as possible to enhance your connection.
2. Secure Your Network
People can steal your bandwidth without you even knowing it, especially if you didn’t set up your wireless router correctly. If your network isn’t secure, anyone within its range could be using your internet signal.
To improve your internet speeds and prevent others from using your internet without permission, log into your router settings, disable network sharing settings, and add a password to protect your signal.
3. Check Auto-Updating Programs
As you work, your computer runs multiple programs and apps in the background. Automatic updates to these programs could slow down your speed without your knowledge.
If your internet moves slowly, start Task Manager on your PC or Activity Monitor on your Mac to examine which programs are running in the background and pinpoint where the slowdown is happening.
4. Scan for Malware
After you’ve checked your system for speed-stealing programs, scan your system for viruses. Malware can hog your bandwidth and send virus-embedded emails and other infectious information to others, clogging up your internet in the process.
Life moves fast, and you don’t want to wait for your internet to catch up. Try these tips and make a few adjustments to be sure you’re getting all the bandwidth you’re paying for.