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How to get better broadband speeds

How to get better broadband speeds

Thursday 27 July 2017

better broadband speeds

We all loathe that loading screen when we’re trying to watch a movie or download our favourite new tunes. This week, we have some tips for you on how to get rid of that buffering symbol and speed up your broadband connection:

Take an internet speed test

If your broadband connection is slowing you down, you might want to check out where you’re currently at in terms of speed. Our internet speed test shows you download and upload speeds as well as the speeds your neighbours are getting. This way you can check if there are faster broadband providers in your area and if our tips below don’t work for you, you can start your search for a new provider right there.

We also advise to take multiple tests to better judge your average speeds, as results are affected by how many people are connected or the time of the day. If you want to know more about what affects your broadband speed, check out our FAQ.

Move your router

Did you hide that ugly box with its cables sticking out like snakes in the cupboard in the hall or behind your TV stand? If you’re not getting the broadband speeds you think you deserve, it might be a simple matter of moving your router to a more central and elevated space in the house to solve your problem. Walls and doors can block the signal and other electronic devices can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. Put your router in the best location possible and as far away from other devices as possible and check your speeds again. If that hasn’t improved your broadband speeds, you can move on to the next step.

Schedule daily reboots & update software and hardware

Sometimes it’s as simple as turning your router off and on again and get it back up to speed. You can schedule daily reboots to ensure your broadband connection is freshened up every day. Outdated software could also be the reason why your internet connection is slowing down. You can have a look at daily reboots as well as potential updates in the admin panel of your router. To get there, you need to find your IP address and type it in your browser. Log in with the details that should be printed on your router, otherwise contact your provider for further information. In the admin panel, you’ll be able to scan for updates and schedule your daily reboots at a convenient time.

If that’s not working and you think your router is the cause of your problem, you can contact your provider and ask for a new model. Most internet service providers offer this exchange free of charge now.

Find the best settings for your router

If you’re not afraid to tinker a little more with your router settings, you can change your channel and frequency and see if that improves your internet speeds. Log in to your admin panel and find the settings tab to change your frequency. In case your router still runs on 2.4 Ghz frequency, you should change to 5 Ghz. Many devices in your house are running on 2.4 Ghz and may interfere with your wireless connection.

You can select which channel you’d like to be on within the 5 Ghz frequency, but be careful that you’re not choosing the channel all your neighbours are using. Wi-Fi Analyzer tools can help you find a channel that is not too crowded.

Use a Wi-Fi booster

If you find that your signal is just not as good in certain rooms in your house, a Wi-Fi booster can be a handy tool. At a little extra cost, this device amplifies your signal to reach even your bedroom up in the attic.

 

If you’re still suffering from slow broadband, take our speed test to find a faster provider in your area:

internet speed test