How To Speed Up Your Broadband
Faster broadband is possible without changing company, here’s how.
Adjust The Wireless Router Channel
Wireless operators will use different channels and when a lot of the networks around you (such as your neighbours) use the same one, your connection can be slower or suffer from interference. Sometimes, you are able to manually change the channel on your router so that you are using the one which is least busy, however, this can be a little tricky and most modern routers will do the process automatically. Firstly, we recommend that you consult your router manual to understand the set up of your router. You can use this detailed tutorial from How to Geek if you do want to make any changes. A word of warning; you’ll need your glasses on for this one, there’s a good bit of technical stuff!
Make Use Of Microfilters
These are small plastic devices which closely resemble telephone adapters, most electrical stores should sell them for a couple of quid. A microfilter will let both your broadband connection and your home phone service run well together without any interference being caused. It is for this reason that some people refer to them as signal splitters. If you don’t use a microfilter you may have slow broadband and hear noise when you make a call. Every piece of equipment that you use via the phone line (things like faxes and telephones) needs to be connected using a microfilter.
Opt For A Wired Connection
You can improve your speeds by using a wired connection instead of a wireless one. Things like the size and set up of your home can affect wireless networks and lead to interference. An old home which has thick walls can be one significant issue. If the wireless network has a lot of interference the broadband connection can be poor. In addition, unlike a wired connection, a wireless one will require security measures such as encryption which can also contribute to the overheads. This can be resolved and speeds can be improved by using a wired Ethernet (a network cable), however, it does not offer the same flexibility as a wireless connection does.
Do A Test On Your Network Speed
If you are sure that you want to use wireless you can run speed tests, first using a network cable and then without. If you see a big difference, you can consider the tests noted below. If it’s slow then consider a better broadband package.
Consider An Upgrade For Your Wireless Equipment
If you are experiencing problems with your wireless connection you may benefit from a better aerial, the use of a network expander or an upgrade of your devices and router to an AC-rated wireless standard. Both the range and the dependability of your connection can be improved by an aerial upgrade. Alternatively, a wireless network extender boosts the wireless signal towards poor signal areas. A better and quicker connection can be reached using an AC-rated wireless standard (such as the ones used in the BT Home Hub 5), although to benefit from this all of the devices you use will need to support AC-rated networks. Some older devices can be upgraded using USB adapters and extension cards (this does not include smartphones or tablets), at the same time N-rated devices or ones which are older will have the same ability to connect at their previous range and speed.
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