10 ways you can improve your broadband speed
There are a number of factors which can affect your broadband speed
The distance your home is from the telephone exchange, the time of day you go online and the number of people in your home using the internet at the same time, can all play a part in slowing down your connection.
Your device may also not be set-up correctly or the line that provides the internet connection to your home may be damaged, while your internet provider’s traffic management policies could also be a factor.
The following tips can help your broadband speed be the best it can be.
Carry out a speed test on your line.
This will show you what speed you’re actually getting. Carry out a few tests over several days and vary the times you carry out the test.
Talk to your internet provider.
If you have a problem with your connection, we suggest contacting your provider in the first instance. They should be able to help you work out what the cause is and how you might be able to fix it.
Check whether you’re using the latest version of your web browser – newer versions not only provide better security but should also work faster. We have Browser specialists in house who are able to give you excellent guidance and advice on the importance of modern browsers.
Some electrical devices can cause electrical interference to your router.
Halogen lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers, fairy lights, TVs and monitors have all been known to cause interference. Keep your router as far away as possible from other electrical devices as well as those which emit wireless signals such as cordless phones, baby monitors etc. Try to place your router on a table or shelf rather than on the floor and keep it switched on.
Consider upgrading your router to the latest model.
If you have an older router, or you have regular disconnections on your line, you may benefit from upgrading.