24th Feb 2021Blog

Need for Speed: How Fast Is My Internet Running?

Maria Gatt

CompareSpeedTest Team

Your internet is slow again. Probably a shortcoming from the provider's side, right? The answer is no, not necessarily. How fast your internet runs can depend on a variety of factors.

So, what are the other potential issues that may be hindering your connectivity? Read on to discover our top tips to help you improve your internet speed.

First Things First: Test Your Speed

Let's start where you stand in terms of speed. So, start by taking our speed test to determine how fast your internet is running. Next, take a screenshot of the results and keep them as a reference. Give our tips below a try and retake the test to see if there is a noticeable change.

Boost It Up

Many factors could be impacting your internet speed. For instance, even your router model or the spot where it is situated can make a difference.

Luckily, there are some simple tricks that you can try to improve a sluggish connection. Here are some of our top recommendations:

  1. Wired up – We get it! Wires are probably not at the top of your list in terms of interior design additions. However, a wired connection is more likely to offer stability if your internet is lagging. It is especially beneficial during peak times, and if you have more stationary devices than mobile ones.

  2. Location, location, location – This may not seem like something that could affect your internet signal, but it is! Not only does your geographical location determine the speeds that you receive, but the position of your router can impact your connection. As you probably know, your Wi-Fi will be stronger the closer your device is to the router. The wireless signal cannot pass through large objects or thick walls. So, it's a good idea to identify a central spot within the home for your router. Moreover, keep it elevated to provide a clear path for the signal to travel.

  3. Minimize interference – Did you know that you should keep your router away from the kitchen or your portable phone? Typical home electronics like a microwave send off radio waves that interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. Furthermore, baby monitors, wireless printers, and even your neighbor’s internet can disrupt your Wi-Fi. So, keep the router clear from any electronic devices.

  4. Invest in hardware – More and more people are working remotely, which often leads to warring for bandwidth. As luck would have it, you may even encounter situations where everyone needs to be on a Zoom call at the same time. Multiple users working simultaneously within a household will require greater internet capacity, so you may need to invest in additional hardware. A Wi-Fi booster is an affordable way to increase the broadband signal throughout the house, even in those hard-to-reach dead zones. You can get a wireless extender from TP-Link for around 25 euros, with 1 Ethernet port and 2 antennas, ideal for a home office. Or splurge on a TP-Link Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi system that will help eliminate weak signals once for all.

  5. Push pause – Having uploads to OneDrive or updates downloading throughout the day will put a strain on your signal. Therefore, keep all the updates paused until after 9 pm. That way, you can ensure a reliable connection during business hours.

  6. Add a password – If you are sharing your Wi-Fi signal, you will automatically get a slower connection. Adding a strong password to your router is the easiest way to ensure that only authorized devices are using your signal. To do this, simply access your router’s settings from any web browser to reset your password.

  7. New kid on the block – If your router has seen better days, it might be time for an upgrade. A new model will support faster speeds and provide a stable connection. Otherwise, remind everyone in the household that some activities should be limited during business hours, and calls may need to be audio-only to ensure connectivity.

As time goes by and we use more and more data-hungry internet applications, our home set-up needs to be in tip-top shape. While having a good broadband plan is important, it is our job to ensure that we are doing everything we can to encourage the best possible signal. We are confident that with a few simple tweaks, you can boost your internet speed substantially.

Try some of the tips above and test your speed!

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