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How do I boost my internet speed?

boost broadband speed

Here are a few options you can try to boost your internet connection and get back up to speed:

Relocate your router

Are you keeping your router hidden in a cupboard? Your Wi-Fi signal is probably slowing down right at the source. Walls and doors can interfere with the signal as it needs to penetrate wood and bricks before it gets to your bedroom or study. By putting your router in a central elevated space, you make sure that the signal spreads out as easily as possible. Keep other devices as far away as possible from your router to avoid interference with your broadband connection.

Upgrade your software and hardware

Have you checked your router for a firmware update? Keeping your router up to date is as important as having your computer adhere to the latest standards. You can scan for updates in the admin panel of your device. Get to the admin panel by typing your IP address in the browser and log in with the details printed on your router. If you can’t find the login details on your device, contact your provider for more information.

You can also choose to exchange your old router for a new model. Most providers offer this service free of charge now.

Secure your Wi-Fi network

If you think your Wi-Fi is slowing down because one of your neighbours might be using your network as well, you should consider changing your password. Here’s how:

  1. Log into your admin panel as stated above.
  2. Look for the ‘Wireless’ or ‘Settings’ tab.
  3. Look for the Password section, enter a new password and save it.
  4. Remember to reconnect with your new password.

Change to a different channel

Your Wi-Fi might be operating on the same frequency or channel as your neighbour’s. This can cause interference. Try changing the frequency from 2.4GHz to 5GHz and to channels that aren’t overlapping in the admin panel of your router. You can find out which channels are less crowded in your neighbourhood by using tools like Acrylic Wi-Fi for Windows or by selecting ‘Open Wireless Diagnostics’ on a Mac and scanning the area.

Use a Wi-Fi extender

If you’re internet is only slow when you move to certain areas in your house, you can invest in a Wi-Fi booster to amplify your signal and reach even the most distant corners of your home.

If you’re not too keen on getting another device for your broadband connection, you could try the DIY option first and boost your signal by turning the antenna of your router into a parabolic antenna. Just cut off the bottom and the top of a beer can and slice it open in the middle to form a sheet of metal. Place this around the back of your router’s antenna.

Switch providers

If all fails and you’re still experiencing slow speeds, take our broadband speed test and find out how your neighbours are doing. You might find that other users in your area have a better connection with a different provider. Compare other broadband options directly on our website, select the bundle that suits your needs and switch.

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