These days, with broadband Internet becoming as common as snow, most of us find ourselves blessed with blissful, high speed connections to the online realms. All seems to be going just great; the downloads are fast, browsing is so fast that there is virtually no stoppages, and the online games are completely lag-free. However, things tend to go wrong sometimes. We find our net speeds slower than a sloth. Gaming seems impossible online, downloads seem to take forever to complete, and the general broadband experience leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Why is my Internet so slow?
There are several factors that can affect your Internet connection negatively. The most common problems include:
Bad Service from Provider: Believe it or not, Internet speeds tend to vary based on geographic locations. So someone in say, Bristol, may enjoy great speeds from one service provider, while another person using services from the same provider in Manchester, may have a disappointing experience.
Old Operating System and Software: Newer software bring with them updates, enhancements and new features that can drastically improve browsing experience.
Computer Infections: Viruses, malware, and undesirable applications can infect the computer, and slow it down over time.
Old Hardware: Using outdated hardware such as old network peripherals, older cabling, etc. can also reduce speeds considerably.
Security Leaks: This pertains to Wi-Fi (Wireless) users. Your Wi-Fi network, if left unsecured, may easily be hacked into. People close-by, neighbours, etc. could piggyback on your Internet connection, reducing your own speeds.
How do I get my net speeds back to normal?
There are some really simple steps that you could take to find the reason for your slow network speeds, solve the issues, and stop them from reoccurring:
Just taking some simple steps and preventive measures can go a long way in reducing speed bumps on your broadband superhighway.