With Internet practically acquiring the status of a family member in the new Generation X families, it hurts on another level altogether whenever your this family member is feeling low and not working. You try your level best to make it work, shut the Wi-Fi on and off, shut your devices on and off, thinking it would miraculously start feeling well again and work with all its might but, alas, you given in and contact your internet provider.
If you also have to go through this painful ordeal every now and then, then worry no more because we have figured out few fixes and tweaks which will surely going to help you solve your this very important problem once and for all.
1) The problem is Position of your Wi-Fi router –
If you’re trying to access your internet in your basement parking but your router is upstairs, then your internet Connection would obviously suffer. For smooth connection, try moving the router to an area where the connection doesn’t have to pass through walls and concrete in order to reach you. Further, if you frequently need to access internet in an area with no Wi-Fi coverage, try buying a booster or run an Ethernet connection to that area. Tip – Try this quick nifty hack to increase range of your Wi-Fi.
2) Too many devices choking your speed –
The problem might not be your internet connection, it might just be you. Over exploiting a single connection by connecting over 10 devices to it might just be the reason that your connection is not working properly. Trying lowering the number of devices you connect to your Wi-Fi and you will see the results for yourself.
3) Bad Router –
When your router is taking its last breaths, it signals you its sad situation by getting slower and slower with time. But, that doesn’t mean that every slow router is about to die. Before throwing away your slow router, try rebooting the poor thing. If that doesn’t help, try changing your Wi-Fi channels or boosting the router’s speed. Further, you can assess your internet connection by either directly plugging in your computer into your modem or through a hard-wired Ethernet connection.
4) Turn off those multiple file sharing devices –
If you’re a big time downloader of stuff from the Internet, this might just be the reason for your slow internet. But, to be sure of it, you can troubleshoot the common speed connection hogs like BitTorrent. You just need to go to the client of your choice and limit the download speeds, if the Internet starts working, then you will be required to take a tough decision of either settling for a slower download speed or a go for a new package with more bandwidth altogether.
5) Get your DNS fixed –
DNS is the short form for Domain Name System. The DNS is responsible for converting web addresses into IP addresses that the computer can easily understand. You can also try improving your connection by changing the DNS server. Tip – Change your default DNS to Google DNS
6) Your device might just be playing the villain in your life –
Most of the times, the problem isn’t the Internet connection but the device that is using it. Viruses or Malware running in the background of your computer might be causing the speed lag that you’re facing. Try clearing out your your browser memory cache to improve Internet speed. Tip – Use MalwareBytes to scan & remove malware in your computer that is slowing down your Internet .
7) Are there thieves in your neighbourhood –
Everybody loves free stuff and when the free stuff is internet, we love it even more. The first thing which we ask whenever we visit a Wi-Fi enabled restaurant is their password. We keep our Wi-Fi switch on 24×7 in hope that someone would someday open the doors of their Wi-Fi to us. I’m not saying it’s a good or bad, I’m no one to judge but just remember the next time your scouting for a free Wi-Fi that the same thing can happen to you too. You can prevent this situation by locking your router with a strong password, enabling WPA-encryption at your access point, changing your SSID from the default name, and enabling MAC address filtering. All these measures will help you keep freeloaders away. Tip – How to secure your Wi-Fi network