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How to Speed Up an Internet Connection

How to Speed Up an Internet Connection

What’s worse than having no internet at all? You guessed it. It’s having a laggy connection, right when you need it the most. There are times when you simply ask yourself, how can I boost up your internet speed.

Let’s tackle a few methods to increase your internet speed. You’ll also find out myths about increasing internet speeds.

Perform an internet speed test

First thing you want to do is know where you stand. Finding out what is your actual internet speed, ping and latency is crucial. There are a lot of options out there. Your first bet would be checking your connection on websites like speedtest.

You will discover 3 important aspects. These are Ping, Download Speed, and Upload speed.

SpeedTest Results

Why is ping significant?

Basically, the ping timeframe tells you how many milliseconds(or seconds) it takes for your internet to establish a connection to another IP or host. The bigger it is, the worse it performs. A good metric sits around the 0-40ms range.

Why is download speed essential?

The download speed metric tells you how fast you will be able to fetch internet data. Yes, here, bigger is better. Download speeds are impacted by the region where the source is located. For example, you will be able to download faster from connections that are within your country, rather than internationally.

Why is upload speed critical?

Although overlooked by many, the upload speeds are basically how fast YOU are communicating with the internet. Before you perform any download, you first have to request the data. This is done by using upload. 

While usually, upload speeds are slower than download speeds, you should be seeking a decent speed. At least half of the download speed would be a good metric.

Close all those background processes

One way to make your internet connection faster and stable is to check what apps run in the background. Chances are, a lot of those are sending data over the internet. As I write this article, I have over 20 apps running in the background doing all sorts of data transfers.

Open Task Manager, go to Apps(or details if you are more tech-savvy), and see what you can make without.

Another great way to speed up your internet connection is by blocking unwanted ads on your browser. If you are a heavy browser, the amount of data can add up pretty quickly. You probably want something like AdBlocker for Chrome.

Clearing your cache will make things worse

I know. Everyone you know jumps, telling you to clear your cache when things move slow.

Well, for internet speeds, it’s the other way around. If you go emptying your cache, all the data there will be downloaded again. That won’t do you much good in terms of speed.

Clear Cache Browser
Clear Cache Browser

The sole reason cache exists in the first place is to save all the static parts of a website on your computer. So when you revisit them, you load them from your PC and not from the internet.

So, yea. Don’t go clearing your cache to make your internet faster.

Have a look at your Wi-Fi Router

It’s often the main culprit for slow internet speeds. While the signal is fine and strong until reaching your router, that’s where things can go slow in so many ways.

First, you want to check the channel your WiFi Router is using. There is a good chance it’s interfering with what your neighbors are using.

The second thing you should do is move the WiFi router somewhere on the upper wall. The reason for this is simple. WiFi signal waves like to travel from up to down. If the router is on the same level as your coffee table, it won’t help your data connection too much.

If everything else fails, try to connect an Ethernet cable. If your internet speed is faster, then you will know what’s causing the issues. 

One last piece of advice for you would be to check tools like Wifi Analyzer. It has some decent settings and metrics that might help you make it faster.

Change your Internet Service Provider

There is a good chance you are trying every possible solution out there, but nothing makes your internet faster. You should have a call with your ISP. Ask them about your data plan.

Most often, broadband is not that fast as many believe. You might be on the cheapest plan and only benefit from 1-2MB of download speed. Keep in mind that 1MB translates to ⅛ of that speed. 

For example, if you are paying for a 2Mps connection right now, this actually means the maximum speed you will get will be (2*1024) / 8. Which means a booming 256KB/s. That’s not a lot, and in most cases won’t get you through a Netflix binge.

Throw your old Router out

Everything changes with time. So did WiFi protocols. You might get a good boost just by buying a new WiFi Router.

Just switching from b/g/n protocol to a/c will give it a tremendous boost in speed and latency. Not to mention the new routers come with a lot of antennas. 

Some of them even have the possibility to update their firmware, which is kind of their operating system, whenever there is an update. This helps a lot whenever there is something updated that could benefit your speeds.

Use Google DNS Servers

Most often than not, your ISP DNS Servers will be slow. It’s not for a specific reason, but it’s more common than not.

An easy fix that works for many is to replace them with Google’s own DNS Servers. Google makes it pretty clear by explaining it here.

This might also remove any limitation your ISP used to have. Many times, you are limited to only a few concurrent connections at a given time. Which in return causes internet speeds to be laggy.

Look for other possible causes

If everything else fails, look into other culprits. Does your laptop make your internet slower? Is your PC infected with a virus and works up the internet in the background?

As you can see, there are a lot of questions that need addressing. Leave no stones unturned, eventually, you will find out what limits internet speeds on your device. 

I hope this article helps you find out how to boost your internet speed.