Whichever connection you choose for your home, there’s lots of things that can impact your internet speed. Many of those things are within your control. We all desire the fastest, most consistent speeds possible, so ensure you address each of the following if your broadband performance is compromised.
If your speed drops suddenly and you’ve been downloading lots of content, you may have exceeded the data limit attached to your plan. Increasing your data allocation or switching to an uncapped plan will fix this.
If your modem is five years or older this could be affecting your broadband performance. Like all technology, age is a factor, so it is best to upgrade modems every few years.
Your modem needs to be compatible with your broadband package. Some modems can only reach maximum speeds of 100, 200 or 500Mbps, so ask your broadband provider whether your modem can handle the required speeds.
Hardware and software
Old computers and software can affect your broadband performance and slow things down. Ensure you regularly;
- Update the internet browser
- Clean out old software you no longer use
- Use less memory-heavy software while browsing
- Delete cookies and browser history
- Update your security software
Connecting a number of devices to your WiFi simultaneously can slow your broadband speed if you have limited capacity. Your proximity to the WiFi device can also have an impact.
Your home WiFi
The age and layout of your WiFi can affect the experience you have when accessing the Internet using your home WiFi network. You should also make sure your modem is positioned where you are using your Internet the most. Larger houses may need WiFi extenders which boost your signal to ensure you have an optimal experience no matter where in the house you are. Your electronics retailer will be able to give you advice here.
A wired connection correctly installed will provide a more consistent and faster internet experience.
If the hardware or operating system on the smartphone, tablet or computer you’re using are older, they could have trouble processing high-speed broadband. Check that your computers, laptops and smart devices have the capacity for ultra-fast broadband technology and have updated software and protection against viruses or malware.
How information travels
The sites that you are connecting to might not be able to respond at the same rate as your broadband. If you’re connecting to a website, their server could slow you down based on where in the world it’s located and the technology that site is using, even if your broadband connection is top notch.