Whether you are streaming videos, gaming online or just trying to get some work done, having a fast broadband connection is vital. If you’re experiencing slow speeds, here are some things that you can do to help improve your broadband.
Keep your router away from other electronic devices
Electromagnetic interference can cause slow speeds and connection issues when it comes to your broadband. To improve your broadband speed, it’s important to keep your router away from any other electronics.
This can include items you may not even consider, like a fridge, washing machine or microwave, so make sure to place your router in a central location to ensure easy access and help avoid interference. This will also help to reduce congestion on the network by allowing equal access for everyone using the wifi.
Update your router’s firmware
Firmware is a term that refers to the software that runs on your router. It allows you to set up your wireless network, manage its settings and see how much data has been transferred through it.
You can update the firmware of your router any time you want to ensure that it’s running the latest version available for its model. For example, if there is a bug in an older version of firmware, updating it will help to avoid problems with connectivity or speed.
If you are unsure what kind of firmware you have installed, check the user manual or look online for information.
Reduce the number of devices using the network
The more devices you have connected to your network, the slower your broadband will be. Try disconnecting devices one by one to gauge their impact on the speed and check if any are using software updates that may use up a lot of bandwidth.
If you live in a large household and are all relying on a wireless connection, make sure you have bought a router capable of handling high-speed connections and that it’s installed in a central location.
Check whether there are problems with your line
If your broadband seems unusually slow, there may be a problem with the connection. You can use an online speed test to check the quality of your broadband connection and find out what speeds are being achieved at different times of the day. You can run an online speed check here.
Update your broadband provider
If you’re still having issues with your broadband speed but there is nothing wrong with the line, you may want to consider upgrading your package to one with a better bandwidth. If you’re not getting the speed advertised from your current provider, you may be able to get out of your contract early, but have a look at the terms and conditions first.
For more guidance on improving your broadband speed, speak to a member of our team today and we’ll do our best to help.