Recent studies show that over 50% of the world has access to the internet. In urban areas, the internet has become a way of life. Almost all businesses have an online presence, and every home has a Wi-Fi connection to stay in touch with the world.
The ability to use the internet has established itself as the most important skill to have in today’s modern technological world. However, as common and important as it may be, not everyone has the knowledge or time to make the most of their internet connection.
The most common complaint against the internet service providers is a slow speed internet. People don’t realize that the speed of their internet isn’t entirely in their ISPs control. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to speed up your internet from your home without having to spend the extra money to get a faster internet package.
- Organize your Browser
The most common mistake made by users is overestimating their browser. Opening up several tabs or even pinning them to open up automatically may seem highly convenient; however, users cannot realize the impact it has on your browser. It forces the browser to load many sites at once, distributing and diminishing the network’s capabilities. Each tab you open will take longer and longer to load. Close all extra tabs when you are done with them and if they are important to bookmark them for later use. I guarantee your internet will pick up speed.
- Organize your Computer
Another common mistake users make is being negligent in their computers. Many times it isn’t the internet that’s slow; it’s your computer not living up to its expected performance. A slow computer means slow internet. Perform a virus scan, clean out things you don’t use or movies you don’t watch and free up as much RAM space as possible.
- Keep a check on your Internet-Related Hardware
Your network adapter and your network cable are solely responsible for ensuring your internet connection deliver you the speed promised by your internet service provider.
Always keep your adapter up to date. Old adapters may seem like they are functioning fine, but that doesn’t change the fact that technology is constantly evolving. Even if your router is in top condition, it cannot compete with the new routers in terms of performance. The newer models can receive and process signals a lot faster, improving your internet speed by quite a margin. Plus, if you’ve been using the same router for a while its network card, like any microcircuit, degrades over time, affecting the quality of your connection.
Your network cable is equally important. Whether you use Wi-Fi or an Ethernet date is always transmitted through a cable to your router. It is important to keep a check on this cable to ensure it isn’t worn out or damaged. A faulty or old cable can hinder your internet connection. Make sure you tell your internet service provider to make sure the cable is protected and as safe as possible during installation.
- Decrease Video Quality
Being able to watch videos in top HD quality such as 4k or even 1080p may sound impressive, but they tend to take a toll on your internet connection. The higher the quality, the slower it will be and more of your internet connection it will suck up. Let’s say you’re watching a funny video on YouTube. Is it really necessary to watch it in full HD? Leave watching movies to HD. lowering the quality of the video to 480p will not affect your YouTube experience by much, sound quality will be the same and the video will load much faster.
- Install Ad Blocker.
Advertisements on websites take up more than 70% of the total load it takes to open a website. It uses a considerable amount of your internet up in just trying to load these advertisement banners without you even realizing it. The solution to this is simple, go to the extensions section of your browser and search for AdBlock. Your pages will load a lot faster as a result.
- Use Turbo Mode
Browsers such as Chrome and Opera support a special turbo mode, which speeds up the loading of various websites using special algorithms, such as image compression. Turbo mode is especially helpful for loading heavy pages, e.g. social media feeds.
- Disable Distribution to Torrents
Numerous torrents downloaded, seeding and distribution tend to overwhelm your internet connection. Delete files from your torrent software or pause the seeding and distribution on those you want to keep around. Deleting a torrent doesn’t mean you are deleting the file from your computer it simply means you are stopping it from unnecessarily using your internet. It will also increase the speed of your torrents.
- Disable OS-level channel restriction
This offers a solution to only Windows users. By default, the operating system cuts the width of the Internet channel by about 20%. To remove this limit, press Win + R and enter gpedit.msc. The Group Policy Editor opens. In it, go to the Computer Configuration tab > Administrative Templates> Network> QoS Packet Scheduler> Limit Reserved Bandwidth. Set the “On” switch and enter the value “0” in the adjacent field.
9. Disable auto-update programs
Another aspect that causes channel congestion is the automatic updating of programs and the operating system in the background. When you’re using the internet, Windows uses up a part of your internet connection to download updates. If possible, disable Windows updates and install them manually. Go through the settings of the installed programs and disable the automatic update check. Check your OS for spyware.
10. Update the firmware and settings of the router
If you use a network router to access the Internet, an efficient way to increase the speed of the Internet is to update its firmware. With the new firmware version, your router may begin to better receive a Wi-Fi signal and generally work faster. You can also download firmware on the devices’ control page. Also, make sure to reset the router from time to time.
- Make sure your Network connection is correctly distributed.
An average household has just one internet connection, with a variety of devices connected to it. If all these devices are tuned in to the same channel, it will most likely overwhelm and tear apart the channel between them. Google how to expand the range of your network to make sure it’s enough for all your devices.
- Change your Internet Service Provider
Sometimes your ISP is to blame. Internet connections and speeds vary with location. It is unlikely the ISP recommended by a person living in Chicago will be as good in New York. So it is important to research thoroughly before choosing your ISP and your internet plan.