Everyone hates slow Wi-Fi so that is why I’ll be talking about 10 simple steps to boost internet speed. Let’s get started.
Re-start the router
The popular way works in many situations and it could be a fix for slow Wi-Fi as well. All you have to do is just turn off the router for around 30 seconds and then turn it back on. Most routers have a turn off switch at the back but you can also just unplug the adapter to cut the power and then it’ll turn off. Once it restarted wait at least one minute and then you can try using it again and see if the Wi-Fi is still slow. While you add it you can also restart the device that you’re using the Wi-Fi on. Sometimes the device connected to the Wi-Fi could be the cause of the issue as well.
Check other devices using Wi-Fi
A Wi-Fi network total bandwidth is divided between devices that are currently connected to it and any bandwidth heavy program on one device will affect the internet speed of the other devices. Normally tasks like browsing the web do not have a major effect but if someone is playing games or streaming videos or even downloading huge files on one device, it could drastically affect the network bandwidth of the other devices. So make sure that no one is using the Wi-Fi network for a bandwidth heavy content.
Background programs using bandwidth
There is a chance that a background program may be using the bandwidth without your knowledge. For instance, Windows Update is notorious for downloading updates in the background and there are other programs as well that are connected to the Internet and take up bandwidth in the background. Even malware can do this. If you are using a Windows PC you can see the active background processes from the windows task manager. Press ‘ctrl+alt+delete’ to open up the task manager or right-click on the taskbar and select task manager and move to the processes tab. Here both windows and third-party software processes are listed. Now go ahead and look for any third-party applications that you didn’t start and click on end process. Just try to avoid closing processes with words such as Windows, Microsoft Explorer, exe and system etc. If you doubt a process you should search for it online and see what it does.
Change your device in router location
Your routers location plays a very important role in ensuring the Wi-Fi signals properly reach your device and offer optimum speed. Wi-Fi signals are sent in a dome-like manner and any obstacles between the router and your device could affect its speed. If you want to send the signals everywhere in the house then it is best to place your router at the central location and at a higher point. However, the thing to focus on are the objects coming between your device and the Wi-Fi signals. Although, Wi-Fi signals can easily penetrate through most of the objects with little to no drops in speed, there are some objects that are really hard or impossible for Wi-Fi signals to pierce through. For example, Wi-Fi signals have a hard time penetrating metal cement or concrete. So if you’re behind a wall with such material in it the Wi-Fi signals will be affected. Your distance from the router also affects the Wi-Fi signal. The further you are the weaker the signals will get. So, try to stay relatively close if you can or consider getting an Ethernet cable.
Change the Wi-Fi channel
Wireless signals work on different channels similar to radio signals and all routers new your area are connected to these channels. If there are loads of routers connected to the same channel they may interfere with each other signals. Thankfully you can manage these channels and choose the one that has the least amount of load. For this purpose, Wi-Fi info view is a great tool that is simple and free to use. When you launch the program it will show all the Wi-Fi channels and how much they are crowded. Here select the one that is the least crowded and you’re good to go.
Windows network adapter power saver
If you have windows in power saving mode to save power and increase battery time then there is a good chance that it’s saving power on your network adapter as well. Windows can increase power to the network adapter to save power while sacrificing Internet performance. To set it to maximum go to control panel from the start menu and click on system and security. From here click on power options and then click on change plan settings next to your selected plan. In the next screen, click on change advanced power settings and power options should show up. Here, then click on wireless adapter settings and set it to maximum performance.
Fix network drivers
Sometimes corrupt network drivers can lead to slow internet speed on that specific device. To find and fix network drivers press the ‘window key + R’ to open up run dialog and enter device management.msc. This will open up device manager. Here, double click on network adapters and see if they’re all fine. A driver with the yellow triangle and an exclamation mark shows that there is a problem with it. If you find any of these right-click on the device and then click on update driver software and follow the wizard to update the software and the problem should be fixed.
Reset your router
If everything else fails you can also completely reset your router to factory settings that you revert any wrong changes that may be affecting the Wi-Fi. To reset the router you will find a tiny reset button inside a hole right on your router. This will most likely be on the back of your router. You can use a paper clip to press this button press and hold this button for at least 10 to 15 seconds and your router should restart. Once done, you will have to make all the changes again and setup a new Wi-Fi password. Before you attempt this step if you live with anyone else such as a roommate or parents etc then make sure that they are with you resetting the router first.
Disable any VPNs
If you use a VPN to browse anonymously then you should know that all VPN slow down internet speed to some extent. VPNs route the traffic through their servers and also encrypt and decrypt data in real time. This leads to slower processing as your internet needs to deal with a lot more data. You will have to stop using a VPN service or upgrade your internet speed packets to get better speed.
Contact your internet service provider
If nothing is working out for you then you should contact your ISP and discuss the problem. It could be a problem on their end and they may be able to provide the right instructions to solve your issue. You also may get some sort of compensation bonus if you ask for it. However, you may only get this only if your ISP is caring enough.
I hope by following the above steps, your Wi-Fi connection now is running a lot faster.