How to Maximize the Speed of Your Internet Connection

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Compare your results against what you’re paying for. Check with your service provider to see what speeds you “should” be getting. Keep in mind that speeds advertised by your provider are “best case” speeds, and you may not be able to actually get that number on a regular basis.

Reset your network. Restarting your modem and router will help to solve a lot of network connectivity issues. If your modem or router don’t have power switches, you can unplug the power cable, wait 30 seconds, and then plug it back in. See this guide for details on resetting your network.

Check that signals aren’t conflicting. If you are using a Wireless router, make sure it doesn’t conflict with a cordless phone or wireless camera. Wireless routers come in multiple varieties; 802.11 b, g, and n (2.4 GHz) or 802.11 a (5.8 GHz). If you are using a 2.4 GHz Cordless phone and a 2.4 GHz wireless router, your network connection will be slow when the phone is in use. The same is true of wireless security cameras. Check the frequency on your phone and camera; if it’s 900 MHz then it’s fine. If it says 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz then it could be the cause of your slow connection speed while they’re in use.

Check to see if you’ve reached your ISP’s data cap. Many internet service providers place a data cap on their customers that may be a little hard to find. Log in to your account page, or contact the customer service department to see if you have gone over your monthly allowance. Often, the penalty for going over the cap is decreased speed for the rest of the billing period.

Call your ISP Support. Sometimes you just have bad service that can only be fixed on your provider’s end. They can usually tell if your connection is substandard without having a technician come to your home. You may be asked to reset your network again.

Check all of the devices on your network. If someone else on your network is downloading a lot of media from the internet, such as watching video or downloading large files, it is probably hogging a large percentage of your bandwidth.

Relocate your wireless router or computer. If you are connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi router, poor signal can lead to lower speeds and dropped connections. Move your router closer to your computer if possible, or move the computer so that it is closer to the router or keep the router on top of a cupboard to transmit better signal.

Check your filters if you have DSL. When you activated DSL, you hooked the line from your phone jack into one side of a rectangular box filter. On the other side, you have 2 lines coming out, 1 for your phone and 1 for your modem. If you are using a DSL connection over your land-line, make sure that you have high-quality filters in place to get optimum signal speed.

Check the weather. If you are using satellite internet, your internet connection might be altered because of wind, heavy snow, rain, lightning, static, or other electrical interference.

 

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How to Fix Common Internet Problems

Manage your browser’s cache. Make sure you know how to clear your browser cache, which includes your cookies, temporary internet files, browsing and download history, form data, and so on. You can also do an intensive clean by deleting your usage history tracks on Windows. To deal more specifically with cookies, read up on how to:

  • View cookies
  • Enable cookies
  • Disable cookies
  • Clear cookies

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Clear your Google search history. Though Google Search History is designed to customize search results to fit your needs, many people aren’t comfortable with being tracked by such a huge and powerful organization.

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Stop ads and spam. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use an ad-blocking program. Try Adblock Plus on Firefox or Adblock on Google Chrome. (You can also go through a special procedure to specifically block ads in Hotmail.) Make sure you also know how to prevent and block spam.

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Avoid bugs. Make sure you know how to avoid getting a virus or worm on Windows and get rid of adware, spyware, and viruses once you do have them.

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Restrict certain sites. Make sure you know how to filter porn from your computer. You can also restrict web browsing on Internet Explorer

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Speed up your connection. Use tips in next post to maximize your connection speed (or speed up your wireless Comcast connection, if applicable). You might also want to test whether or not your internet service provider is limiting your bandwidth.
 

Find your computer’s address. You can look up either your IP address or your MAC address (which is built into your hardware).

 

Secure your wireless network. If your network has no password (or even a lousy one), it’s be vulnerable to being used by nearby computers and devices. If you bank, shop, or transmit any other sensitive information online, you run the risk of allowing it to be seen by strangers.