How to Tackle Slow WiFi

One of the biggest frustrations of the digital age is slow WiFi. Wireless internet is something many of us depend on now, whether for work or play, and a slow connection can make you feel like you’re getting left behind. In today’s blog, we’ll cover a few reasons why your WiFi signal is performing poorly and offer a few solutions. Here at Clarus Broadband, our goal is to bring affordable high-speed internet to rural Texas communities with fiber optics. Call today to learn how you can become a part of the movement!

Router Issues

Placement

There are a lot of advantages to a wireless internet connection, but the fact remains that the more direct access you have to your router, the better your connection will be. If you simply placed your router wherever was convenient when you first set up your internet — on a bookshelf, perhaps, or even on the floor – you may want to rethink its position. The higher you place it, the better it can broadcast your WiFi signal. You should also keep it in the room of your home with the most internet-enabled devices, or if you live in a larger home, keep it in a central location. Try to avoid any rooms where a lot of concrete or metal can interfere with the signal, like the basement.

Router Settings

An improperly configured router is another possible culprit. The MTU settings can cause issues if they are set too high or too low. Double check what your internet service provider’s recommendations are and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results. If you do make any changes, it’s a good idea to write down what you did just in case you don’t achieve the results you want and you need to undo your actions.

Signal Interference

Wireless connections can suffer when your system experiences signal interference, and there are several possible culprits if you suspect this is the issue you’re experiencing. For one, your household appliances can cause a surprising amount of interference, from string lights to your microwave. A neighbor’s network can also problems, especially if you live in a townhouse or an apartment complex where there are many routers in close proximity.

One way to try and resolve the problem is to reposition your router using the directions we listed above. You may also want to manually set the channel your router utilizes. Modern routers typically choose a channel automatically, but if channel overlap with another internet user in the same area is sabotaging your internet service, then you can choose a different option.

Usage

Other Users

If you share a wireless internet connection with other users, then your friend, roommate, or family member may be the reason why your WiFi has slowed. Online gaming, video streaming, and big downloads all take up a lot of bandwidth, but those activities should cause only a temporary lag. Ask around to see if another user’s activity may be the root of the problem, and check your internet speeds once they’re done. If you are the only user, no one else is using the connection for high-demand activities, or the lag persists after they log off, then it’s time to look elsewhere for a cause and a solution.

Background Programs

Your computer may have programs set to automatically start up and run without your knowledge, and just like another user streaming video, these programs can hog resources and slow down your connection. In most cases, you don’t want to get rid of these programs, but rather stop or pause their activity. To see what you’re dealing with, open your operating system’s Task Manager and see what programs are running. If there are programs listed that don’t correspond with an open window, then you may want to look into shutting off those program’s automatic functions.

Low Quality

Old Router or Modem

An aging router or modem can sabotage your signal at the source. Try restarting one device – or both – to see if your WiFi connection improves. If it does, keep in mind that restarting your equipment whenever it starts to slow down is just a temporary solution. You should invest in newer, more high-quality equipment soon for a more permanent fix.

Slow Internet Plan

Setting aside technical difficulties, you may simply be getting what you pay for. We understand — high-speed internet plans can be expensive, but if you’re frustrated enough to look for other problems and solutions, then it may be time to find a new internet service provider.

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