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What Could Be Slowing Down Your Internet

Internet slower than normal? Here are a few reasons why this might be and some tips and tricks to get the most out of your internet plan

1. Your Internet Plan

The first thing that will alter your internet speed is your selected internet plan. There are many internet plans available today, each offering different levels of internet speed. Deciding which plan is right for you really comes down to how much you use the internet and what you use it for. 

We recommend taking a look at: “How Fast Should My Internet Speed Be?” to understand the basics and make sure your plan is suited to your internet needs.

2. Bandwidth 

When signing up for an internet plan you might see different advertised megabits per second (Mbps) and download and upload speeds. These typically make up your bandwidth — the maximum amount of data that can be transferred at a given time.

When many devices are connected to your Wi-Fi modem at the same time it is not likely to be a contributor to slower Wi-Fi speeds. However, when all the connected devices are actively using the internet at the same time, this can impact your speed depending on the bandwidth available through your internet plan. 

3. The layout of your house

Your home can affect your Wi-Fi’s performance internet speed. Here are a few of the factors that could be affecting your Wi-Fi’s signal and speed:

  • Obstacles that are blocking or surrounding your Wi-Fi modem
    • These can be thick concrete/metal walls or furniture placed near your Wi-Fi modem.
  • The position of your Wi-Fi modem
    • It is typically best to place your Wi-Fi modem in an open centralized area of the house. We recommend a bookshelf or table with as few things as possible surrounding it. Additionally, it is best to keep your Wi-Fi modem vertical and have its fans uncovered to prevent your Wi-Fi modem from overheating.
  • Location in your house
    • If you are living in a multi-story building it's best to have your Wi-Fi modem on the middle floor rather than the basement or top floor to spread coverage as best you can around your home. The closer your Wi-Fi modem is to your devices being used the better the coverage and speeds you should experience

4. The Devices You Use

Maybe it's not the Wi-Fi coverage or internet connection at all. It could be the device you are using. As technology advances it's important to update your technology. With time all devices begin to slow down from overuse to having strained memory. 

Using an older model computer or phone connected to your Wi-Fi might just be struggling to process as quickly as new modern technology might. Consider keeping your tech updated to experience the best speeds your internet plan can offer.