3 Ways to Improve Your Internet Speed Right Now
April 20, 2020 / Danika Miller
Most of us are using the internet in ways we never have before and are probably experiencing slower-than-normal speeds from our WiFi. You’ve probably run a few speed tests trying to diagnose why. In fact, Ookla, home of the speed test, has reported a massive spike in the number of people testing their internet with Speedtest, though actual internet performance has remained steady.
We’ve outlined a few ways you can help improve your internet connection. If those don’t work and you’re truly desperate, you can plug your device directly into the internet with an ethernet cable.
Check the location of your devices
Sometimes the fix can be as simple as moving the router. If you spend the day working in your upstairs office, but the router is stored in the basement or kitchen cabinet, that could affect the strength of your signal. The best position for your router is in an open space near the center of your home.
You may also want to check how many devices are connected to your internet. TVs, computers, phones, tablets, e-readers, smart thermostats, security cameras, digital photo frames, streaming devices, gaming consoles and smartwatches are kinds of devices all sharing a connection can slow things down. Unplugging a few devices, or turning off their WiFi connection for a bit, can open up the bandwidth during peak traffic times.
Tweak your router settings
There is a wealth of settings you can customize in your router that may help your connection. You can prioritize bandwidth to certain devices, like your computer, to improve your speeds if a lot of devices are tuned in. You can also alternate the frequency you’re on, between 2.4GHz and 5GHz (less commonly used) to get better performance. Spend some time researching your specific router and tweaking its setting.
And it might sound overly simple but try resetting your router every once in a while. Literally, turn your router off and back on again. We also would recommend regularly updating the firmware of your router to stay on top of security measures.
Try a WiFi mesh system
If your internet issues are ongoing, a WiFi mesh system might be the solution. It’s a scattered collection of router-pods that extend the WiFi’s reach throughout the house. The pods ping off each other to cast the connection to reach dead zones. The mesh system is suitable for larger homes with dense structure and lots of people who need a strong connection in multiple areas of the home.
Google, Nest, Netgear and Samsung all offer solid mesh systems. This type of router system also often comes with easy-to-use apps that make customizing your connection seamless. You can enable parental controls, turn specific devices on or off, designate no-WiFi hours, and more.