We all know how frustrating it can be when our wi-fi connection slows down. We are living in an era with the highest internet speed of 9.1 Mbps. So, you can’t blame yourself for being edgy when a webpage is taking infinity to load on your web browser.
You may try tapping on the router or switching it on or off to temporarily fix the issue but sometimes, there are issues that require different solutions to fix your wi-fi connection.
Here are a few things that might be making your wi-fi slow. Fix these issues to troubleshoot the problem of poor or slow internet connection.
1. Too Many Users
It is a no-brainer that your wi-fi connection gets slow because multiple devices are connected to it. Things like your computer, phone, tablet, gaming consoles, or Smart TV might all be connected at the same time which is probably slowing your internet. You may not be using these things but these devices may be sending or receiving information at some point in time. You know how most devices recieve updates when there is a wi-fi connection. Try disconnecting all the unwanted devices and that ought to speed up your connection.
2. Wireless Network Range
Your Wi-fi router transmits both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz of signal, the former being the faster one. So, if you want to speed up your wi-fi, you should set the router 5Ghz entirely. Another thing you should know is that your wifi signals are penetrated into the objects lying between the router and your device. So, more the obstacles in the way, slower the connection will be. This is why you should always place the router with your PR or at that point where there is minimum deflection.
3. Wi-Fi Extenders
If you have bought an extender to extend your Wi-fi range, that may ironically be hampering with your internet connection. An extender is a small box that when inserted in a power socket repeats the signal of Wi-Fi to another corner of your house. There is a possibility that it might be interfering with your wi-fi connection. Try removing it and see if there is any change in the signal.
4. Slow DNS Server
By default, you might be using a DNS server provided by your ISP. the reason why a web page is taking time to load could be that your DNS is slow. DNS is nothing but a phonebook that lets web browsers interact through IP Addresses. Try changing your DNS server and it may speed up things for you.
5. Heavily Congested Wi-fi
When you are living in an urban area, you may be surrounded by a hundred other wi-fi networks which might be making your internet slow. They take up most of the available bandwidth leaving you with a slow, frustrating connection.
6. Bandwidth Shaping
Many ISPs deliberately slow down your internet if they detect usage of filesharing applications or your usage has achieved a certain threshold. In case of a significant reduction in your internet speed, you may switch your internet provider or use a VPN to hide your internet activity.
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