Meta description: Try one of these five tips to increase internet speed if you want to enjoy seamless internet browsing without lags and buffering.
5G wireless technology may be just around the corner, but for most of us in the foreseeable future, we will still be wrestling with the occasional internet issue or lag. If you are on the verge of switching internet suppliers or confused about the sudden slower connection speed, take a look at these five tips to boost your internet speed.
Trying just one of them may be enough to have you watching cat videos on YouTube, chatting on social media, streaming your current Netflix binge or gaming at PartyCasino again – without buffering.
Some devices around the everyday household operate on the same 5 GHz or 2.5 GHz frequencies as your WiFi. Unsuspecting items such as baby monitors, microwaves, LCD screens and smartphones may all be negatively affecting your connection.
This is why it is crucial that you reconfigure your WiFi setup, so it is not compromised by these other devices. Try to make sure your router is as far from these as possible.
Turn It Off And…
You’ve heard it all before. Every time there is an issue with technology, one of the top recommendations is to switch it off and then back on again. Yet, many operating system failures can be solved in this way, or just by restarting the router.
Cutting Bandwidth Usage
Sometimes there is no technology failure to blame, and the reason the internet is slow is simply because it is being used a lot. There are some online activities that will eat up a big slice of bandwidth, such as Netflix, gaming, video calls and downloads.
If one son is downloading a film, your other son is gaming, and your daughter is video clawing with her boyfriend, there is a good chance that you are in a losing battle. In these instances, you will have to ask everyone to be considerate about their bandwidth usage – or upgrade your internet package.
Ensure Your WiFi Is Secured
Unsecured WiFi is accessible to everyone, meaning you are bankrolling free internet to neighbouring flats or passing public. This means they too are consuming your bandwidth and making your internet usage slower. And you need to kick them off!
To prevent this from occurring, you must go to your settings (enter the IP address to do this) and create a password. Most routers now come password-protected, but that doesn’t mean you should create a sophisticated and personal password for extra security.
More Top Tips
There are also a few other things you can try in case the above is not applicable or did not help. These are:
- Start using wired internet with an Ethernet cable
- Clean your computer to avoid background apps using the internet
- Use an internet boosting device (usually useful in a remote location with slower internet speeds)
- Scan your devices for viruses or malware and then remove them.
These different methods can all contribute to making your internet speed faster, but it could take a little bit of trial and error to find the ones that work best for your situation. If you typically experience lags at night, there are even more things you can try.