It’s not that we don’t like to respond to them, but it bothers us to see so many Internet users unable to play online games, watch Netflix, surf the web, or even use email to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues.
So we decided to do something about it. In this article, we explain the most common causes of slow Internet and provide several solutions to help you take advantage of your connection at full capacity.
Why is my download speed so slow when I have fast Internet?
If you’re paying for a fast Internet, it’s natural to be upset when you don’t get what you’ve hired. There are many factors that influence the speed of your internet, some less obvious than others. But before we get to them, you must first do a simple speed test to have concrete data for comparison.
How to do an Internet speed test?
Ookla’s Speedtest is a popular web-based Internet speed test that lets you test your connection bandwidth in locations around the world:
- Access: http://www.speedtest.net/.
- Close all downloads and streaming apps before proceeding.
- Click the big “Go” button in the middle of the page.
- Wait for the test to finish and save the result.
- During testing, do not use applications that connect to the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that you repeat the test at least one more time. Many people do not hesitate to contact the provider and ask, “Why is my internet so slow now?” to find out that it was just a temporary problem that has already been solved by itself.
The Top 5 Ways to Fix the Slow Internet
Some solutions for Internet speed are simple to implement, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t approach them as a professional network administrator would.
With NetSpot,an easy-to-use MacOS and Windows app, you’ll be able to survey your wireless network area,scan your WiFi network, and troubleshoot issues. You’ll be able to instantly gather a variety of information from neighboring wireless networks and view your own wireless network to see areas with signal problems, called dead zones.
- Find a better place for your router
The location where you place the router is undoubtedly the most important factor that determines the speed of your internet. The further away you get from your router, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal, so you should find a place where your router can cover your entire home or apartment and not just a room or two. NetSpot lift mode will help you see which environments are covered by a strong WiFi signal and which have a weak or non-existent signal.
It is also important to avoid placing the router near sources of electromagnetic fields, such as the microwave or various Bluetooth devices. Microwave ovens operate at a frequency of 2.45 GHz, which places them dangerously close to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi range.
- Wipe out all the band robbers
Band thieves are applications that connect to the Internet and take up all available bandwidth by downloading or uploading data. Some of the biggest culprits include file sync services like OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox, however, BitTorrent customers, digital distribution platforms like Steam and even some cloud-based anti-malware solutions are often the bad guys.
In most cases, you can limit the amount of bandwidth that these applications can use. Of course, you can always just eliminate them.
- Troubleshoot your hardware
Have you tried turning off and on the router again? If not, you should definitely try. You’d be surprised how many slow Internet problems can be solved with the powerful power button. Obviously, even the power button has its limits. That’s where a more careful troubleshooter comes into play. Most router manufacturers have troubleshooting guides on their websites, and that’s where you should get started.
- Try a different DNS server
A DNS server is a server that contains a database of public IP addresses and their associated host names. It is typically provided by your Internet service provider, which can be used to restrict access to certain websites. When a DNS server becomes overloaded, it takes centuries for the sites to load.
Fortunately, most routers allow you to switch to a different DNS, such as Google Public DNS,a free domain name system offered to Internet users worldwide by Google or OpenDNS,a service that extends the Domain Name System by adding features such as phishing protection and optional content filtering, in addition to DNS search.
- Contact your Internet service provider (ISP)
At the end of the day, the speed of your Internet depends on your Internet service provider as much as you do. There’s nothing you can do about a problem with your INTERNET service provider’s network configuration except complain.
If you went through all the steps described above and did a speed test to prove that internet speed is much slower than it should be, don’t hesitate and make the connection. Some ISPs even provide chat and email support.
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t asked themselves at least once, “Why is internet speed so slow?” Although we rely heavily on it, the Internet is not as reliable as local networks, and Internet outages occur quite often.