Is there anything worse than a slow Internet connection?
A resounding NO. Waiting for Internet pages to load is a real drag (pun intended). What you might not know is that there are a lot of factors that may be bogging down the speed of your Internet without you even realizing it. Try going over these 7 tips before giving up all hope!
1. Clean It Up
Your anti-virus and anti-malware programs are your computer’s army against threats, viruses, and bugs. When you keep these up to date and continuously run them to search for threats, your computer will have a better chance of staying protected. There are free anti-virus and malware programs to download if you want the most basic protection, but to be really beefed up against the dangers of the Internet, I would suggest paying for the security. If it is too late and you already have been hit with a virus, Nuvera’s Technology Solutions Specialists can help you with a computer tune-up.
2. Close Out of Programs
Running several programs at one time can put pressure on your network. What you may not realize is that some of these programs will continuously run in the background on your computer. When this happens, your bandwidth (Internet highway) will experience a traffic jam. To combat this problem, simply close out of any browsers, plug-ins, and add-ons that you are not currently using.
3. Try a Different Browser
Internet Explorer used to be the greatest thing since sliced bread in the Internet browser world. Now there are browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that definitely hold their weight. Check out PCMag’s article on which one they think is the best, and why here!
4. It Could Be Your Wireless Modem
Your wireless modem/router is of utmost importance and can affect your Internet signal. Where you place it in your house or apartment could easily affect your speed and connectivity. Think about all of the things a wireless signal has to go through in order to support your Internet; walls, brick, tin, tiles, carpet, mirrors, concrete, cabinets, and more! It is meant to fight through these things, but you are sure to lose connectivity along the way. Choose a location that best fits your Internet browsing needs for the best performance.
Check out this photo to see how Wi-Fi is distributed inside an apartment building.
5. Too Many Devices!
In today’s technology age, there are lots of electronics that can be connected to your home Wi-Fi. Just to name a few; computers, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, mp3 players, printers, DVD players, smart TVs, and so forth. When you combine these with an ultra-connected family full of people, it can spell doom for your Internet. To combat this problem, check out the Nuvera Internet page to see which speeds are right for you. The higher the speed, the more bandwidth your connection can take on.
6. Thou Shall Not Be Stolen From
Your neighbors might be the nicest people in the world, but they also might be stealing from you (Internet that is). If you live in an apartment building or have neighbors in close proximity, then I suggest you secure your wireless network. By securing your network, you are creating a password that only you know. When you accidentally allow people to use your connection, it is only slowing down your speeds and creating headaches for you. Not only is everything they research and download attached to your IP address, but they may be able to find your personal information. If you don’t know how to secure your router our Technology Solutions Specialists can help you out!
7. Your Computer or Internet Speed is the Culprit
Before blaming your Internet speed, I would first consider the age and quality of your computer as the problem. If your computer is slow, it won’t matter how fast your Internet connection is, it will always just seem sloowwwwww. When a computer ages it naturally starts to slow down over time due to the amount of software, documents, and downloads that you perform. Most computers have a lifespan of around 5-7 years before they no longer can keep up with the new technology. If you are currently running an Operating System older than Windows 7 like Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000, 98, 95, then I would suggest upgrading your computer. If your Internet connection is still slow with a brand new computer, contact your Internet Service Provider for troubleshooting.
These tips should give your Internet speed the boost it needed! If you have any additional computer-related questions, then I suggest contacting our Technology Solutions Specialists at (507) 233-3000.