Internet has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Slow internet speeds have often proven to be the bane of our existence. Most people find the slow speeds frustrating but fail to realize that there are a lot of factors that cause it. Handling these factors efficiently could mean improving their internet speed immensely.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes.
The Wifi Router
Everyone knows that the Wifi router plays an important role in providing us wire free internet access. What most people don’t know is that the distance between you and the Wifi router plays an important role in your internet speed. The closer you are to the router, the faster the speed is more likely to be!
The Internet Connection
Ethernet connections provide a more stable and faster internet connection when compared to Wifi. This is because the Wifi is used by multiple users. This decreases the internet speed considerably!
In order to get a better understanding, check your internet speed first when connected over your wifi network and then connect the ethernet cable and test it again.
Viruses or Malware can also cause a significant drop in your internet speeds. This is because once a malware kicks in, it starts connecting to the internet without your permission. Not only does it drain your computer’s resources, but it also uses up a lot of your internet data. The end result is that you have slower speeds for what you really want to do. The installation of an anti-virus software is probably the best quick fix to this problem.
We all have a number of apps that run on our phones and on our other internet enabled devices. Many of these apps connect to the internet at the same time as you do. This means that your device is handling a lot of data at once. Most apps also require to update themselves. While some ask for permission, others just update automatically. Syncing files also takes up a lot of bandwidth.
The number of softwares and apps that run on the phone also slow the phone speeds down. This invariably affects your experience when browsing the internet. So to overcome this problem, ensure that the only the essential apps are running in the background. This will help improve the speed considerably!
The Number of Users
You know that the number of users within your house can change the internet speed. Did you also know that the number of users of the service provider can cause changes in the internet speed? No? Think about this… Haven’t you found that there are a number of times in the day in which your internet appears to suddenly act slower? Have you noticed that this is a recurring event? That it happens at the same time every day?
This is because that is the time of the day that the service provider has the highest traffic. You will notice that this happens in airports and other crowded public places that use the same Wifi access.
Understanding why internet speeds drop is important. It helps us take corrective measures. Corrective measures however do not always work. You can’t change the number of people using the Wifi at a particular point in time. You can however schedule your timings such that there are fewer users.
Each problem that you face has its own unique solution. You just need to think out of the box and solve it!