There’s nothing more annoying that a slow Internet connection. As technology has advanced, we’ve become accustomed to a quick loading Internet, and anything less than lighting speed can leave a sour taste in our mouths.
If you’ve noticed that your Internet connection has suddenly slowed down, try these troubleshooting options to see if it’s something you can fix yourself, before calling your Internet provider.
1. Turn your modem and router off and on
Sounds simple, but most problems can usually be fixed by just turning it on and off. Reset your modem and router and see if that fixes the problem. Usually you’ll find that the Internet will speed right up again. It’s also a good idea to check any other computers in your home to see if they’re being affected by the slow internet; if they are, then it’s likely to be an issue with the modem or router. If they’re not, then it’s probably your computer.
2. Check the WiFi signal
If you’ve noticed that your WiFi signal is slow, then the problem could be your WiFi, rather than the modem or router. There are a few things you can do to help improve this, including ensuring the router is out in the open, removing interferences from other applications and making sure that no one else is stealing your WiFi (make sure your password is secure!).
3. Check your antivirus software
Sometimes you can end up with an ‘Internet Worm’, a malicious software that spreads through computer networks. This can end up generating unwanted traffic without your knowledge, slowing down your internet connection. Make sure your antivirus is up to date, to keep these removed from your device.
4. Remove background applications
Often, they’ll be apps and games running in the background of your device, which will make the internet appear slower. If you’re using BitTorrent, you’ll likely find that browsing appears slower. Apps like AdBlock Plus can help to reduce some of these problems, which will speed up your Internet connection.
5. Call your internet provider
If you’ve done all of the above and your Internet is still slow, then it’s probably time to call your Internet provider. They should be able to help you and figure out what the problem is. If you’re unhappy with the service they are providing, then you might want to do some research and look to change your Internet provider to a more reliable option.