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Lindsey Patterson

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Internet

4 min read

There is nothing worse than slow Internet, especially if you frequently download stuff, or use it for your job. The good news is that speeding it up is actually pretty easy when you really think about it. Let's take a quick look at four ways that you can speed up your slow Internet.

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1. Check Your Bandwidth Usage


When your Internet is going slow, it might not be your ISP's fault. If there are other people in your home, or at your workplace using the Internet, then that could be the problem. You see, a connection has a limited amount of bandwidth that can be used at any given time. The more people online doing stuff, the more it will slow down. Usually this isn't a problem, but if you have multiple people streaming and downloading stuff at the same time, then it can slow your connection to a crawl.


If your Internet keeps slowing down and you can't figure out why, make sure you check to see if others are using up all the bandwidth before you give your ISP a call. There are even programs and apps that can help you monitor your bandwidth usage so you can see exactly who's using what.


2. Upgrade Your Connection


The simplest way to speed up your slow Internet is to upgrade your connection. This could mean finding a new ISP, or upgrading the quality of your connection with your current ISP. You will be paying more, but if slow Internet is driving you crazy, then it can be worth it.


It should also be mentioned that giving your mobile connection a huge boost in the near future is going to be a pretty big deal with 5G technology making its way to the public. If you're still wondering "what is 5g technology," all you really need to know right now is the fact that it is much faster than the current 4G that most people have, and will revolutionize Internet speeds and communications.


3. Eliminate IP Conflicts


Each device on a network is assigned its own IP address so that the ISP can keep them separate. However, there are cases when devices will end up having the same IP address, and this can create a conflict. Usually if this is the case, the device with the conflict will notify you so that you can do something about it, but what do you do?


Normally the best way to handle this is to get on whatever device is having the conflict, and manually change the IP address. How you do this will vary by device, and you may need to look up instructions online to help you figure out how to do it. If all else fails, call tech support for your device and see if they can help.


4. Open Ports on Your Router


This tip might be a little vague because how you go about doing this is different depending on what device you're using, what router you have, and what you're trying to connect to. For example, if you're trying to connect to Netflix through an Asus router using your tablet it will be different than if you're trying to connect to Xbox Live through a router provided by your ISP using your Xbox.


The general idea behind this is the fact that opening the right ports makes it easier for the data coming through your router easier to reach your device, and easier for outgoing data to reach the service you're using. This can really speed up your Internet by a lot in many cases.


Be Proactive About Speeding Up Your Internet


The one thing to remember if you have slow Internet is the fact that you can do something about it in most cases. Don't feel like you have to live with slow Internet, follow the tips here, and do your research, you'll be sure to find a solution that works for you.