Ways to Speed up Your Home Internet Connection

internet connectionHaving a fast internet connection at home allows you to do things more conveniently. A fast internet connection lets you stream movies and TV shows online without buffering. You won’t also have to wait for long before you finish downloading music and video files from the internet if you have a fast connection. If you have issues with your home’s internet speed, the following tips may help you speed up your connection:

  • Do not be too Generous with Sharing Your Internet Connection

Do you share your internet connection with other people? If you do, you will most likely have recurring problems with your internet speed. Having a lot of people accessing your internet and sharing your bandwidth with you can slow down your connection so if you always complain that it takes too long to load a website or an image, you would do well to limit the number of people who share your internet connection with you. One way to do this is to restrict unauthorized Wi-Fi access. If you have not set up a password for your Wi-Fi network yet, you may actually be sharing your connection with some of your neighbors. You can prevent other people from accessing and using your connection by setting up a Wi-Fi password. Some passwords are easy to guess, however, and you won’t be protecting your network from Wi-Fi leechers if you use easy to guess passwords such as “password” or your name. Choose a strong and unique password for your Wi-Fi so it won’t be easy for other people to bypass your network’s security. You can also set up your router so your Wi-Fi connection can only be accessed by selected devices.

  • Find a Good Location for Your Router

VoIP service providers such as RingCentral give their clients the ability to place internet based calls through their smartphones and tablets. However, the quality of VoIP calls made through wireless devices largely depends on the reliability and speed of the Wi-Fi connection. If you can’t make decent VoIP calls using your wireless device, you may want to check if something obstructs the internet signal from your router. Remember that the location of your router affects the quality and speed of your wireless connection so you should see to it that your router is positioned in a good spot to ensure fast and stable connection. For better coverage, place your router at the center of your house or in an elevated location. Be aware that microwave ovens, mobile phones and other electronic devices can cause signal interference so avoid placing them near your router.

  • Tune Up Your PC

You are likely to encounter internet accessibility issues if you have problems with your computer so see to it that your computer is in top shape. Tune up your computer and boost its speed by doing disk cleanup and defragmentation. Do system maintenance regularly. If you have several unused programs installed in your computer, uninstall and delete them to free up some space. Be aware that computer system maintenance does not actually speed up your internet but a clean computer allows programs such as web browsers to load a lot faster.

  • Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer

A lot of people complain about Internet Explorer because it is not as fast as other web browsers. If you are still using Internet Explorer to do online searches and to visit sites, you may want to switch to a better, faster browser. Firefox and Google Chrome are good choices. Not only are they faster, they also block popups and ads that can slow you down when you surf.

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