Whether you have suddenly noticed that your internet speeds do not seem as fast as they once were, or your internet service provider offers less-than-optimal internet speeds, nothing can be more frustrating than dealing with a slow wireless internet connection. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can to take to increase your internet speed and maximize your productivity. Here are just a few tips to help get you started.
Troubleshoot Your Hardware
If you have noticed that your internet speeds seem slower than normal lately, one of the first things you should do before cursing your computer, or blaming your internet service provider, is to first try troubleshooting your hardware. Just like your computer, your modem and wireless router can get tired after running constantly for weeks on end. Thusly, if you have noticed a drop in performance you should take a moment to reset your router, or, if this is not an option, turn off your router and modem, and unplug it for a few minutes. After rebooting your router/modem, you may notice a drastic increase in performance.
Contact Your Internet Service Provider
Whether you have noticed a sudden decrease in performance, or you have been unhappy with your WiFi speeds for a while, you should consider calling your internet service provider if resetting your hardware does not help. Your provider can run diagnostics to see if your connection and router are functioning properly, and they may even be able to increase your router’s performance remotely. Remember when dealing with customer service that being nice will get you farther than being angry. If you are polite, they may go out of their way to help you, and they may even offer an upgrade.
Consider Using an Ethernet Cord
If nothing you do seems to improve your WiFi speeds, you may want to consider a cabled ethernet connection to the internet rather than relying on WiFi. Cabled connections to the internet tend to be faster and more reliable than WiFi connections, which can give you a valuable performance boost, particularly if you had a low-speed internet connection to begin with.
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