High-speed internet access has made a lot possible both in business and at home. Web designers have taken advantage of the pervasive nature of cable and DSL internet to incorporate many new features into websites and video streaming. These rely on high speeds for a smooth, crisp experience. A slow internet connection can waste time and be exasperating at home as well as decrease productivity at the office. How can you make sure your internet access is up to speed? Follow these tips!
1. Optimizing your Web Browser
While Internet Explorer is an okay web browser, there are others out there that can be retooled to make the most out of your high-speed internet access. And as websites become increasingly more advanced the number of processes that have to be loaded grows. So a web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome, which use little computer memory and can be customized with add-ons that block certain processes from loading, can really make a big difference.
2. Optimizing your Modem/Router
Often, wireless internet connections can become bogged down and can lead to your internet speeds not being the fastest that it could be. One reason this happens is because many other wireless networks may be broadcasting on the same channel. If you can see your neighbors’ networks on your computer’s network list, consider changing your router’s wireless channel in your router’s settings (for information on how to do this, check out this video). Also, cordless phones and other wireless devices can interfere with your connection, so consider the spacing of your router and cordless phones. Finally, if neither of these options work, consider replacing your router if it is more than 3 years old. Routers do not last forever, and a new one can drastically improve the speed of your internet without breaking the bank. Take a look here at PC Mag’s top wireless routers of 2017.
3. Optimizing your ISP
Internet service providers give you a specific speed when you sign up for one of their packages. If you have had the same package for a few years, you may want to think about upgrading to a higher speed so that your service is capable of loading more intricate pages out there on the web faster. If this isn’t the problem, it may rest on the ISP themselves. Your bill should clearly state what speed your internet should be achieving. Compare that to your actual speed using an online speed test, and give them a call if the difference is more than negligible. Here are some tools you can use to gauge your internet speed and other variables that may be affecting it.
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