How to boost your broadband speed

When your internet gets unbearably slow, you might be quick to contact your broadband provider. But before resorting to this, we’ve got some top tips that could help boost your broadband speed. 

Test your speed

Before changing or moving anything, take our broadband speed test. The results of the speed test will state the speed you had before our top tips so that you can see if there have been any improvements.

From the speed results, you will also be able to compare your current Internet speed to the one agreed in your broadband package. If your broadband speed is much slower than the minimum you were promised, this serves as a great piece of evidence to present to your provider. 

Turn it off and on again

This classic trick can work magic when it comes to your internet speed. Turn off your router, shut down your devices and wait between 30-60 seconds before turning everything back on. You might be surprised to find that it’s helped in boosting your connection speed. 

Move your router

Make sure you keep your router away from electrical appliances such as Bluetooth devices, baby monitors and cordless phones. Ideally, place your router high up, for example at the top of a bookshelf, as walls and interference from electrical applicants can affect signal strength.

If you live in a larger house and you find the Wi-Fi connection is struggling to reach some rooms, you may want to consider investing in a wireless booster for the locations where the internet is weaker.  

Clean up your computer

There are plenty of applications on your computer that may be using your internet without you even knowing it. Things such as: Windows updates, instant chat applications, open website tabs and many more can all contribute to slowing down your broadband speed.

To see if this is affecting your speed, you need to shut down any unwanted services on your computer. 

To do this on a Windows computer, simply press CTRL + ALT + DEL at the same time to open the task manager. On a Mac, press Command+Spacebar, search for “Activity monitor” and select it when it comes up. Close any programs not in use. 

Regularly deleting your browser history, old files and giving your PC a spring clean is harmless and could also help with your broadband speed. 

Secure your network

Having an open wireless network is a security risk and it can also slow down your internet connection. 

Secure your wireless network to avoid sneaky neighbours or other users stealing your connection as this contributes towards eating up your monthly data allowance.

Switch from wireless

Moving to a wired broadband will instantly improve your connection. An ethernet cable can transfer data at a faster rate than Wi-Fi because it doesn’t encrypt data (translate data into another form) like wireless routers do. It will also prevent other users joining your network uninvited. 

However, you might find this restrictive if you use a laptop as you’re confined to a cable connection. If your broadband package is on the slower end of the scale to begin with, this could be a good temporary solution until you can improve your overall signal.

Make sure you’ve got the right broadband deal

If you’ve tried all the above and your broadband speed isn’t getting any faster, talk to your provider. It could be that you’re due an upgrade on your current package or that there is a fault with your connection.  

If you’re still regularly experiencing slow speeds, it might be time to compare broadband providers search for a better broadband deal.