Slow Internet Got You Down
Are you tired of waiting for your favourite dog videos to buffer? Need to watch a video on how to put your daughter’s hair in plaits? Do you find yourself staring at the screen, waiting for your emails to load? Well, don’t worry! Your internet speed doesn’t have to be as slow as a snail stuck in molasses. Here are the top 5 reasons you might have slow internet and what you can do to speed it up.
- Too Many Devices Connected:
Are you a tech hoarder? Do you have more devices connected to your Wi-Fi than fingers on your hand? The kids plugged in their Ipads, Phones and Computers at the same time? The more devices you have connected to your internet, the slower it will be. It’s like trying to fit ten people into a Mini Cooper – it’s just not going to work out. So, if you have slow internet, disconnect the devices you’re not using, put your foot down with the kids, or invest in a more powerful router if, like me, you’re terrified of your kids.
- Outdated Hardware:
Remember that clunky computer you bought in 1999? It might have been cutting-edge back then, but now it’s about as useful as a rotary phone. If your hardware is outdated, it could be slowing down your internet. You don’t have to break the bank to upgrade your hardware. Sometimes all you need is a new modem or router, which can make a big difference in your internet speed.
- Malware or Viruses:
If you’re not careful, your computer can become a breeding ground for viruses and malware. These pesky little critters can slow down your internet and wreak havoc on your system. The solution? Invest in good antivirus software, and be sure to keep it up to date. And if you do get infected, don’t panic! Just run a scan and get rid of those little buggers.
- Poor Wi-Fi Signal:
Do you ever feel like your Wi-Fi signal is playing a game of hide and seek with you? If your signal is weak or spotty, it can cause your internet to slow down. The solution? Move your router to a central location in your home, away from any obstructions like walls or furniture. You can also invest in a Wi-Fi extender to boost your signal and give you more coverage throughout the house.
- Your ISP Sucks:
Let’s face it, sometimes your internet service provider (ISP) just sucks. They promise you lightning-fast speeds, but you end up with something that feels more like a dial-up. The solution? Complain! Call your ISP and let them know you’re not getting the speeds you were promised. Sometimes all it takes is a little persistence to get them to fix the problem. If they don’t, have a look for an ISP that will give you just what you need. Like us, for example.
Slow internet is like a bad joke – nobody wants it. But with a little know-how, you can speed up your internet and say goodbye to buffering and lag. So, disconnect those unused devices, give the kids one device only at a time (I’d approach this one with caution), update your hardware, invest in antivirus software, boost your Wi-Fi signal, and give your ISP a piece of your mind. Your internet speed will thank you!
You can also test the speed of your internet yourself to see if you’re getting what you’ve paid for. It’s really easy to do.
If you have tried all the above and still have super slow internet, get in touch, we can help.