Factors that Contribute to Slow Internet Speeds
A slow internet connection can be very annoying particularly if the lagging connection prevents you from streaming movies and placing video calls online but before you call your broadband service provider to complain and blame them for your slow connection, you might want to check out other factors that may be slowing down your internet. Besides your ISP, there may be other things that are causing your slow internet. Here are some of the common culprits that can affect your internet speed:
Older and outdated web browsers particularly the older versions of Internet Explorer are unstable so they tend to be slower and more likely to crash. You should therefore update your web browser as soon as an update becomes available to ensure fast loading of web pages. Older browsers can also make your computer more prone to getting infected with viruses, spyware and other malware. These malicious programs may not only compromise the sensitive data you have stored in your PC. They can also use your internet bandwidth which can result in a slower connection. You might also want to switch to a better web browser. If you want to have faster and more secure browsing experience, you should use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Web pages tend to load faster when you use any of these two browsers. You should also check out if there are a lot of toolbars in your web browser that you seldom use. Toolbars use up computer memory and bandwidth because they keep working in the background even if you do not use them so try to get rid of unnecessary toolbars to speed up your web browsing.
Avoid placing your router near items that cause signal interference. Appliances that emit wireless signals such as microwave ovens, for example, are known to interfere with internet signal so avoid placing them near your router. You should also make sure that doors, walls and bookshelves are not blocking the signal from your router to your computer and mobile devices.
Number of Users
Be aware that the more users accessing your internet connection at the same time, the slower your connection will be. If you are using RingCentral’s services to place over the internet calls, for instance, you will have a hard time using the services of your VoIP provider if there are a lot of unauthorized users accessing your connection simultaneously. You should therefore limit the number of internet users accessing your connection. Try to prevent unauthorized users from connecting through your internet network by securing your connection with a password. See to it that you use a unique and hard to guess password so leechers won’t be able to easily bypass your network’s security. Remember to also change your password on a regular basis.
Computer Programs/ Applications
Certain applications in your computer that are running in the background may be hogging your bandwidth without you even knowing about it and this can negatively affect your internet speed. You can check out your task manager to see what applications are running in your computer and are possibly eating up your bandwidth. If you want to speed up your browsing, consider terminating applications that you do not currently need. You may also want to see if there are applications you have installed but you do not really use. You may want to remove them particularly those that automatically start up as soon as you open your PC. These applications can slow down your computer and your internet speed. You will likely notice a difference in your loading speed when you remove these applications from your PC.