How to maximize your internet connection speed

August 10, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com/Ghana
How to maximize your internet connection speed

Are you having trouble browsing downloading or uploading? Is your internet speed unsatisfactory? Takes too long to load web pages?  Is your internet speed not matching your service level agreement of your service provider? If yes, there could be several factors responsible for this.

Let us run you through some of the things you can do on your end to fully maximize your internet connection.

First and foremost run a speed test. This will let you know what speed you are getting to be able to compare with the service guaranteed speeds by your ISP. Always be sure to conduct multiple tests as they vary from site to site, to gauge your average speed. It is advisable to use a test server closest to your location or region.

If the speeds do not match that of what is guaranteed in your service level agreement; first reset your modem and your router. This is a basic step required in resolving first hand almost all issues related to your internet. Restarting the modem or router flushes out any bugs or glitches that were affecting your service. This is called power cycling. Should you reset the devices it refreshes the device settings and reconnects you back to your service provider.

Ensure firmware and software are updated regularly. Every modem or router comes with instructions on how to update your firmware and software. Doing this routinely ensures that fixes and upgrades provided by the device maker are installed to ensure devices are protected and running optimally. Also, check your computer operating system and ensure they are up to date and the wireless and ethernet settings are compatible with the system to avoid glitches that can affect the quality of service.

Check for external interferences; signals from other wifi’s around or home appliances like microwaves can cause interferences which impact on the service thereby causes slowness. This can be checked by your IT personnel. Ask your IT officer to check for signal interferences from the home appliances or other wifi signals in your vicinity. Ask that the wifi channel, be on a different frequency to any frequency around so as to avoid the interferences.

Scan for viruses; now check for viruses as they can be a major reason for service issues. They prevent systems from functioning optimally by consume resources and corrupting operations and applications.  Conduct scans daily or routinely to remove all bugs and viruses to enable devices and computer function freely.

Another reason that could prevent you from fully maximizing the full capacity of your service is a faulty device. Faulty modems or routers cause slowness or instability in service. Ask your local IT person to check your device and check whether the devices you use are suitable for the internet plan.

Lastly ensuring that you periodically clean your browser and cache memory, remove unnecessary toolbars, defrag and optimize your hard drive, run disk cleanup to flush out temporary files, removing unessential applications that hog bandwidth, will ensure your devices are running at peak levels and allow you to fully maximize your internet connection.