How to improve your broadband speed
If your connection speed is poor on all the websites you visit, here are some things to try:
- Check that all wires to your wireless router are firmly connected.
- Avoid heavy traffic – if lots of people on your network are downloading files and streaming movies at once, it’ll be slow for everyone.
- Expect slower speeds in peak periods – between around 5pm to midnight. This is the internet ‘rush hour’ – and it affects anyone using the internet at this time.
- Keep your router away from electrical interference – make sure your router is at least five feet away from other electrical items. These include speakers, halogen desk lamps, televisions, monitors, and cordless phones.
- Clear your browser's cache – regularly clearing your cache and restoring your default settings may help to improve speeds.
- Pause background downloads. If you’re downloading video, music, or other files, browsing the web will also be slower. Restart downloads when you know fewer people will be using your network.
- Watch out for spyware and adware. These programs can get on to your computer and use your connection without you knowing.
- Use the main telephone socket. Try to connect your router directly to your home's main telephone socket using a micro-filter. Avoid extension sockets if you can – this will cut down on electrical interference.