5 Reasons Why Your Internet is Slow and How to Fix it

Our smartphones are now the most effective way for us to connect to the world wide web. It means that getting the fastest internet speeds on our mobile devices is more significant than ever.

In the Philippines, fiber networks are being installed and cable networks are starting to increase its speed. Nowadays, many people use wired connection and high-speed internet service to browse and work online. At the same time, WiFi is regarded to be our invisible friend that comforts us, and likewise, one of our daily essentials.

However, despite of your high-speed internet plan and fiber optic network connection, sometimes, we experience delays in loading webpages and slow internet problem. Occasionally, creeping connections happen due to huge number of devices connected to your modem or router.

Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some reasons why you have slow internet on your devices.

Check your plan

Sometimes, your internet is slow because of the plan you are paying. Try checking your internet service provider’s website and look for the plan you have. Then, search for speedtest.net and run for a speed test. Before doing so, be sure to stop any heavy internet activity to end up with reliable output. If the result is the same with your plan, basically, you are paying for slow internet connection.

The most effective way is to upgrade your plan for higher internet speed. Nevertheless, if the numbers don’t match, call for your ISPs technical support.

Poor Router Position

You checked your plan, you get what you pay for, your internet speed is fast, but, you are still experiencing delays in loading webpage. Poor router position might be the culprit.

Normally, Wi-Fi signal has a range up to 150-feet or less depending of your router, and the further it travels, the slower it gets. If you usually keep it in in a cabinet, try to reposition your router out into an open area. You might be able to notice the remarkable improvement of your WiFi speed after moving it out into an open area.

Also, if you have a larger home, you could have poor coverage throughout your home, something is interfering the signal or you could have a dead zone. Try investing for WiFi extenders to enable wider signal coverage. Usually, Wifi extenders are placed to areas where there is poor, or nearly no wifi at all.

Your router needs a reboot

You upgraded your plan and repositioned your router into an open area so as to widen its coverage. However, you still experience the same delay in internet browsing. The problem might be your router or modem.

Routers are the centerpiece of a computer network. The internet connection relies on its configured settings. Nevertheless, improper configuration could be the result of slow connection. Try configuring your router, then, check if it is consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendation settings.

Like some other devices, routers get stuck in an overloaded situation. If you have not rebooted your modem for quite some time, we recommend to do it once in a while.
Rebooting your router is the process of switching it off (after 10 seconds), and switching it on afterwards. It may take a minute or so before it reconnects to your ISP.

Background Apps left downloading

You subscribed for the highest internet speed, and you placed your newly rebooted router on to elevated area so as to have a wider Wifi Coverage. But, you are still suffering from slow internet connection.

Occasionally, programs that work with videos can cause sluggish internet. Sometimes, you forget that there are background applications that are running. Try checking your computer for background programs that are running. Some software applications run background processes that are minimized to the system tray.

For example, you are downloading files across the BitTorrent platform, your regular browsing is going to be slower. Try installing web browser extensions which block some of bandwidth-hogging ads.

Other than that, computers also perform necessary updates to optimize your user experience. These file downloads normally come with security updates, and usually, the files are downloaded under the hood which slows the internet connection.

Apps often automatically update themselves. Please be sure to always check background applications that might cause internet slowdown.

Congested Public WiFi

You’ve done everything to fix your slow WiFi. Internet Plan was upgraded, then; rebooted and positioned your WiFi on elevated platform. Afterwards, you also checked if there are background apps secretly downloading in your computers. Yet, your WiFi is still lagging and sluggish.

You might be connected in a congested WiFi Network. For example, you are connected to a coffee shop Wireless network. Since it is a coffee shop, there are also other WiFi users connected to the network. These users cause traffic and congestion to the WiFi resulting to slow internet connection.

Otherwise, if you are the only user of the coffee shop WiFi, notice the remarkable bump in speed of the WiFi. For example, When the router’s configured setting was set up to cater hundred users, and you are the only one using it, then, there should be an increase in webpage loading.

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