Broadband Internet speeds have risen significantly in recent years although many UK workers are dissatisfied with theirs.
Unfortunately the highest speeds aren’t available everywhere – some areas as yet don’t have high speed access and speeds still vary widely. It pays to try and achieve the fastest speed possible. For example, if you’re considering using Virtual Private Network (VPN) services and looking for the best VPN a reliable and fast broadband connection is very important.
Here are five ways to speed up your connection:
- Background usage
Check if your computer is running processes in the background that access the Internet. The more demands being made on your service, the slower your experience will be.
Many people have several programs running such as Skype and Windows updates. While continually having Windows check for updates is worthwhile from a security viewpoint, it may not be necessary to let it automatically download the new updates it finds – this may well be able to wait for a time when you do not require the use of your system.
To find out on Windows what processes are running in the background, press Alt + Ctrl + Delete which brings up the task manager and a list of what programs are running. BE CAREFUL about stopping them – some are needed for the efficient running of your machine, so don’t stop anything you don’t recognize the name of.
- Check your wireless network security
Someone else ‘piggy backing’ your Internet connection will slow things down and could compromise your privacy. Make sure your security settings are as secure as possible and password protected so that only you – and the people you want to allow access to – are able to use this.
- Wireless speeds
If computers and other devices are slower because they’re further away from your wireless router, then using a repeater may help. These bounce the signal over a larger area. A power line adaptor might help: these use the existing electrical wiring to transmit the Wi-Fi signal – where you have a free plug socket, you effectively give yourself a wireless hotspot.
- Move your router
The positioning of your wireless router can make a difference to speeds. Make sure it isn’t in close proximity to other appliances emitting wireless signals such as cordless phones and baby monitors, and try to limit the barriers between it and your computer(s) such as doors and walls.
Position it as high as possible such as on a shelf.
- Check your browser
The browser you use can make a difference. Make sure it is fully updated, clear the cache occasionally and experiment with one or two different ones. If you’ve been using Explorer on Windows, then why not try Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to see if speeds improve?
Likewise, on Apple Macs you could compare the default Safari browser with Chrome or Firefox.
If all else fails
There are more steps you can take – and this resource will help including enabling you to do a speed test on your service. If you’re still seeing no signs of improvement, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if they can help. They could check your line and it could be you’re on an outdated package – they should advise you on the latest and most effective based on where you are.