How to Increase Your Internet Speed?
In a recent public survey conducted by the acclaimed data-collection agency Survey Monkey (on the performance of several high speed Internet providers), Internet users were asked a series of questions. These related to the various service factors that led them to make a particular subscription decision. When their responses were thoroughly analyzed, it was found that most Internet subscribers happened to be concerned about only one thing: the net Internet Speed that their paid Internet connection eventually provided.
And this result, of course, was fully understandable (and dare we say, relatable?).
After all, what good is an Internet service that cannot cope with the loading requirements of different websites and video-streaming platforms; all of which literally come teeming with hard-hitting graphical content? Any Internet user can choose to prevent his/her web browser from automatically loading website videos and pictures, so as to load pages more quickly. But this choice comes at a cost, which is that the end user-experience (which is one of the major functions of every website to deliver) becomes compromised to a large degree.
And what’s the fun in scrolling through endless pieces of text, without any eye-catching graphics that may otherwise accompany them? One might just as well make do with an elaborate book or two, and forget about dealing with the World Wide Web altogether!
Sounds pretty defeatist, doesn’t it?
So You Want to Learn a few Internet Speed Hacks, Do You?
It is precisely for this reason that Internet Speeds matter, and why the ‘How to Increase My Internet Speed’ question needs addressing (something which we’ll attempt to do in this post).
So if you’re one of those people who like to learn a cheat trick or two, to increase the net bandwidth speed of your existing Internet connection (without investing any large sums of money), then read on…
You might just end-up being pleasantly surprised by what you find here!
(Note: Most of these hacks pertain to wireless – WiFi – connections. Wired linkages are pretty solid networking apparatuses in themselves – as they stand, and don’t require much help.)
1. Ensure that You Have the Latest Router Hardware & Software
Any home Wifi Broadcasting kit comes equipped with the basic provisions of a signals router and a modem; both of which work in unison to deliver a strong wireless Internet signal in your home. But these technologies (like the mythical phoenix) are short lives, and undergo many cycles of rebirth in the form of new firmware or security-protocol updates after every couple of years.
These updates correspond (and cater to) the demands of new varieties of multimedia content available on the Internet, and for off-site use; and so in order to enjoy them it becomes necessary to have them installed. You should know that the older range of wireless standards (the A, B, G and N subtypes) have now been replaced with the latest AC variety – which is well suited to downloading large files and streaming continuous bouts of HD content.
You can avail an instantaneous speed boost by checking up on your current standard status, and upscaling to the latest one.
2. Locate a relatively ‘Free’ Wireless Frequency
With the large influx of signals-emitting devices in our homes (all of which may be operating on the same frequency), we run the risk of obstructing our router’s WiFi signals. This can collectively cause WiFi speeds to diminish substantially, and may be particularly noticeable in the slowing download rates experienced with every online surfing task. Oftentimes, it is our neighbors’ WiFi routers (which again may be broadcasting their signals over the same channel), that could be causing the interference. In order to alleviate all of these problems, it may be a good idea to conduct a probing frequency search in the immediate vicinity of one’s home – and locating a channel without any other devices operating on it.
The Internet, fortunately, comes packed with a number of free channel-searching utilities that can be used to isolate such frequencies. Once found, it is a relatively simple task to plug into one of them, and enjoy improved speed dynamics from there.
3. Restrict Bandwidth-Consuming Programs & Applications
It is often the case that when we work on a computer system or network-connected cellular device, we might not notice the many bandwidth-consuming applications running in the background. What these silent creepers do is that they continue to receive & transmit information over the Internet from/to their development servers – and cause noticeable download speed outages. In order to restrict their functioning, the Internet provides another range of utilities categorized under the ‘Quality of Service’ or QoS programming interface – which can easily be established onto your router system.
Some QoS modules even provide data on the types of websites visited on a particular connection linkage, so this might additionally be a good way for concerned parents to keep track of their children’s online activities.
4. Use the Popular ‘Tin Foil’ Signals-Extending Trick
Sometimes, when you’re searching for an inexpensive way to increase your WiFi signals coverage range, all you need to do is take a close look around your house – and in particular, your kitchen. We’re sure you have a few empty beer or fruit syrup cans lying around on your stove counter – which you can turn into a neat little tin WiFi extender with the help of a sharp cutting knife.
Once carved, these cute homemade oddities look something like the silvery ear-like thing illustrated in the picture above. By simply placing these contraptions alongside your router’s antennas, you’ll notice that the signals range suddenly increases. Even though this hack won’t cause a dramatic shift in your router’s broadcasting dynamics, it’ll still be enough to connect most devices placed in the opposite corners of your home (and on both floors).
This trick is totally worth a shot; if you ask us!
5. Make Router Rebooting a Habit
If you don’t suffer from a lot of daily electricity outages, you may want to consider periodically rebooting your router. What this step does is that it refreshes the device’s software drivers, and prevents the outbreak of any overheating incidents from occurring.
Overheating can be the result of many downloading ventures conducted on a single connection line, and it can not only affect service (bandwidth) performance in both the short and long terms – but also cause a physical fire to ensue. Many high speed Internet providers specifically (and by way of good practice) warn their subscribers about this risk when they happen to conclude their usual sales transactions.
Now who fancies his/her curtains catching fire; particularly when engrossed in a nerve-wreaking episode of House of Cards?
We’re betting you don’t!