Updated: Feb 27
Have you ever wondered if there are any fast track ways to give your internet speed a little boost? Then check out these simple suggestions to squeeze a little more out of your connection.
Lets face it, we have all fired up the laptop to set to a task only to be sidelined by the wheel of death, or waiting for pages to load – is it even the internet that is slow?.
Here are 6 must do actions you need to start doing now to give your internet experience a little makeover.
1. Change your DNS Server
Your ISP will have its own DNS (Domain Name System) server, this simply translates website IP addresses into web names. Switching to Google Public DNS or Open DNS will speed up your internet web access.
To change your DNS server go to Control Panel, ‘Network and Internet’, ‘Network and Sharing Center’. Click ‘Change adapter settings’, right-click your network connection and select Properties.
Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), click Properties and select ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’. Now enter the Preferred and Alternate server details from OpenDNS (188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206) or Google Public DNS (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168).
2. Avoid using extension sockets
The more sockets you have on your home telephone network the more chance of interference which can kill your internet speed. Also, if your router is plugged into one of the extensions its best practice to move it to the master socket. If the socket looks like it has a removable lower frontplate
test the speed where it is, test the speed again at the master then finally test the speed with the frontplate removed.
Please be aware that some home Intruder alarm systems connect into the front faceplate so check before removing as you may set your alarm off. But one thing to identify with your alarm provider is to see if that have fitted a filter before the line enters the alarm panel. Fear not however as Fixmyline can fit pre filtered faceplates to your network eradicating your intruder alarm from causing intermittent broadband.
3. Router Location is key
If your router is in a cupboard in the front hallway chances are the signal is all but gone by the time you get to the kitchen or the farthest bedroom. The strength of a wireless signal can be degraded by wood and metal, so the fewer walls and items of furniture it has to pass through, the faster your broadband speed. Fixmyline are specialists at moving BT master sockets so call us for a quote.
4. Change your Wi-Fi Channel
Some households will be able to see their neighbour’s Wi-Fi signal. Even though it will probably be encrypted it can still have a detrimental affect on your broadband speed. Routers emit Wi-Fi on specific channels and if yours is broadcasting on the same channel as theirs this will cause your broadband to become intermittent and slow. Firstly, just switch your router off then on again to see if this eradicates the issue as modern routers can auto select and reselect if interference is detected, or you can enter the device user settings to change the channel manually.
5. Disable Automatic Software Updates
Although you should keep your PC updated with the latest security patches, when you want to use your PC if it decides an update is due there and then it can be rather inconvenient. Not only from a bandwidth perspective but during installation your PC can become slow, sluggish and sometimes unresponsive. Plan your updates in the Software configuration settings.
Be aware of updates on your smartphones too, simply disable app updates and update them at your convenience.
6. Don’t use Wi-Fi
A direct connection via an Ethernet lead is always the best option for speed and stability.
a wired Ethernet connection can theoretically offer up to 10 Gb/s, if you have a Category 6 cable. The maximum speed of your Ethernet cable depends on the type of Ethernet cable you’re using and of course the speed available by your ISP. However, even the Cat5e cable in common use supports up to 1 Gb/s. And, unlike with Wi-Fi, that speed is consistent.
As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t move, connect it with an Ethernet cable link. i.e, set top boxes, Smart TVs, PCs.
For most, the speed increase will be minimal but I have experienced speed increases of up to 70% by simply removing old wiring and consolidating your home telephone network to one simple centralised socket so not only boosting your speed but giving you a better Wi-Fi experience too.
Give us a call to discuss any of your telecoms needs, we are happy to offer a helping hand over the phone or by arranging a pre appointed visit – Fixmyline has over 20 Years telecoms and IT experience to solve most reported problems. If you have been suffering with buffering then get in contact and we can offer you a solution to fit your budget or suit your requirements.
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