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Common Causes Of Snail-Like Internet Speeds

One of the most frustrating things about modern living is slow internet speeds. Considering how almost everything is now done online, including shopping, dating, working, and studying, it’s easy to see why users can get upset by poor internet speed and connection. If your net is acting like a turtle, then here are some possible reasons why.

Your Modem Is Too Far Away


The distance between your computer/device and your modem can dictate your internet speeds. If you’re on the opposite side of your house or office, then consider moving it closer.

You may also want to try using an Ethernet cable rather than relying entirely on the wireless network. Simply prop your laptop right next to the modem and get connected.

Don’t forget about WIFI extenders. You can purchase these devices to increase the range and power of your wireless connection.

Your Modem Is Outdated

Your modem is the gateway between your computer or device and the World Wide Web. Older models can sometimes have compatibility issues and result in slow WiFi speeds. If your one is more than a few years old, then it may be time for an upgrade.

Some older models also function poorly when too many different devices are connected at the same time.

You’re Using A VPN

VPNs are great for privacy, but depending on the server location they can really slow down your net. If you’re currently tunneling through a location on the other side of the globe, then consider selecting a closer (and faster) server.

You may want to turn off your VPN altogether when doing certain tasks.

You (Or Someone Else On Your Network) Is Downloading

Downloading large files can throttle your internet speed. If you, or someone else in your home, is downloading the latest TV series, then it can have a massive effect on browsing speeds. Consider scheduling data-heavy downloads for the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping.

The same principles apply to other data-heavy tasks such as online gaming.

You Have Exceeded Your Monthly Data Allowance

Some ISPs will throttle their customers’ internet speeds once they surpass their data allowance. If you think you may be in this situation, then log onto your account and check your usage. If you have stepped out of bounds, then it may be time to call your ISP to purchase more data or change your plan.

You Simply Live In A Poor Location For Broadband Speeds

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you are simply doomed to sluggish speeds. Certain areas simply have less developed broadband infrastructure, which can really cause you delays. Have a look at a broadband heat map to see how your area is rated.

Conclusion

Slow internet speeds can cause some users to lose hair. That’s why it’s important to identify the source of the problem and if possible, solve the issue. Of course, it can be hard to determine exactly why your net speeds are so shockingly slow. Hopefully, these suggestions have been helpful and pointed you in the right direction.

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Robert D. Cobb
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