D o you want to learn how to increase your download speed? If you’re struggling with slow internet, keep reading. We’ll show you how to increase your internet speed today.
If you’re starting a blog, fast internet speed is a must-have. Without it, sending files, downloading and uploading images to blogs, or just loading new pages to read will take forever. This can drastically impact the success of your website.
Luckily, you can change a few things around your house, computer, and the router itself to increase your download speed—you might be shocked at how much extra speed you can get.
In this article, we’ll share 15 ways to increase your internet speed.
In This Guide:
- 1. Test a Different Modem/Router
- 2. Turn Your Modem Off and On Again
- 3. Scan for Viruses
- 4. Check for On-System Interference
- 5. Use a Fast VPN
- 6. Move Your Router
- 7. Protect Your Wifi Network
- 8. Connect Via an Ethernet Cable
- 9. Check Your Filters
- 10. Try Getting Rid of Your Cordless Phone
- 11. Shorten and Replace Cables
- 12. Check for External Interference
- 13. Update Firmware and Software Regularly
- 14. Find Your Router/ISP’s Best Settings
- 15. Check the Cabling and Do a Line Test
How to Test Your Current Internet Speed
The first thing you will need to do is test your current internet speed. This will let you know whether or not you are getting a lower rate than you should be.
You can do this by going to SpeedTest.net and running a test.
Here are my results:
A good download speed is typically 10 Mbps per person. But, that depends on what you’re using the internet for. If you’re just surfing the web and checking your email, 10 Mbps is enough.
On the other hand, if you’re gaming or using streaming services, you’ll want to increase your download speed for a seamless experience.
What Do MBps and Mbps Mean and Why Does it Matter?
Okay, so, some boring but important stuff here. People often say megabytes when they mean megaBITS. And visa versa. But, there is a big difference.
MBps = megabytes
Mbps = megabits
So, if you refer to my speed test above you will see that I am getting 17.32 Mbps per second. To find out how many megabytes that is you just divide by 8 which equals 2.165 MBps.
Now, 1 MB is equal to 1024 KB (kilobytes) so if you want to know how fast you are going to able to download a song or movie you should refer to the KB or MB per second rate as that is usually what they are measured in.
For example, if you are downloading a 50 MB file at 1 MB per second it will take you just under 50 seconds.
Download Faster: How to Speed Up Your Internet
Now let’s dive into a few ways that you can improve your internet speed.
Remember, some Internet companies advertise huge speeds as a theoretical “potential” but in reality, you will never get near it. Email or call your internet service provider (ISP) and ask them what is actually attainable in your area so that you don’t spend heaps of time trying to get a speed that just isn’t possible.
1. Test a Different Modem/Router
The biggest cause of slow internet is a bad modem. If you’re having frequent internet drop outs and blaming them on your ISP, you should first check if your modem is suited for the internet provider and plan you’re on.
The easiest way to check is to contact your ISP, they’ll give you a list of compatible modems. And if you rent a modem from your ISP, it will be suited for the internet service you’ve purchased.
But, if you want to purchase your own modem, the manual and description of the modem typically includes a list of service providers it works with. So, be sure to check that before spending any money.
One of the fastest and most popular modems is the Motorola MB7621.
In the product details, you can see this modem is compatible with Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Charter Spectrum, and more.
Your current modem could also be running poorly because of age, wear, damage, dust, etc. We recommend replacing your modem every 3-4 years or so to improve your internet speed.
2. Turn Your Modem Off and On Again
This next suggestion is often the most powerful one. Turn off your modem for one minute and turn it on again. It is called power cycling and can often flush out a bunch of problems that affect your speed.
If you are really brave you can even reconfigure your modem with a new password as this can often refresh your settings at the end of your ISP and refresh connections.
We recommend turning your modem off and on again at least once a month. But, if you’re having serious internet speed issues, you can try resetting your modem once every day.
3. Scan for Viruses
The next thing you need to do is make sure that no virus itself is causing your internet to slow down. Sometimes viruses can live on your computer and suck resources away from what you are doing thus slowing down your speeds.
To scan your computer for viruses, you can use antivirus software like Norton, McAfee, or TotalAV.
4. Check for On-System Interference
Sometimes your virus scanner or other programs can interfere with your internet speeds. This is really frustrating but you can figure it out by simply switching things off one at a time and then running a speed test again.
Please note we won’t be responsible for any viruses or spyware you pick up whilst doing this. You should always have good virus protection.
5. Use a Fast VPN
A lot of people use a VPN service because it allows you to protect your privacy, keep information secure, and bypass censorship. Like hello, access to other countries’ Netflix? Sign me up!
But, many VPN services will slow down your internet connection.
That’s why you need to choose a VPN that has the bandwidth and the infrastructure to support faster connections.
Here are our recommendations for the fastest VPNs:
IPVanish is one of the fastest VPN services on the market. With IPVanish, you can easily protect the privacy of your daily internet activity and connect to online content from anywhere.
They have a huge network of over 40,000 shared IPs and 750+ VPN servers in more than 60 countries. The IPVanish app will even suggest the fastest servers to chose from.
IPVanish also offers apps for all of the popular mobile and desktop platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and more.
StrongVPN provides powerful, high-speed VPN services to over 100,000 users. In fact, StrongVPN is the first commercial VPN service to offer WireGuard across all of its apps and platforms.
WireGuard is considered to be the most secure and easiest to use VPN solution. It also provides faster speeds than OpenVPN, increases performance, and requires less memory and CPU resources.
NordVPN is another one of the best VPN services. It offers online privacy, a fast connection, and no limits on bandwidth.
You can choose from over 5400 NordVPN servers in 59 countries. With thousands of VPN servers, you can make sure your internet connection doesn’t suffer.
Using 1 NordVPN account, you can connect up to 6 devices at one time, using different servers and geographical locations.
With one of these VPN services, you can keep your internet connection secure and private, while maintaining your speed.
6. Move Your Router
If your router is located in some far-away corner of your house, a quick way to improve your internet speed is by moving your router.
Place your router closer to where you are so that the wi-fi signal can reach you. For example, if your home office is on the top floor and your router is on the bottom floor, move the router to the same level.
7. Protect Your Wifi Network
If strangers are able to access your wifi network, this will take up internet bandwidth and slow down your connection. So, make sure to set up password protection for your wifi network.
Use a complex password for your wifi. To come up with a complex password, you can use Blog Tyrant’s free Strong Password Generator.
Already using a strong password? Remember to change your password regularly, especially if you find any suspicious or unknown devices on your network.
8. Connect Via an Ethernet Cable
Wifi is nice but a wireless connection is often a tad slower than a cabled connection.
Try getting that ethernet cord out of the box and plugging it straight into the modem, especially if it’s for your desktop computer and you don’t need to move it around very often.
9. Check Your Filters
If you have your internet connected to a phone line that also has a telephone on it, then you will need to make sure you have good quality filters installed on your line.
These are little plugs that you attach to the phone line and they help filter out the disturbances.
Here is an example of one:
Now, these also need to be different for the different types of internet. If you have ADSL2+ or cable make sure you have the appropriate filter.
10. Try Getting Rid of Your Cordless Phone
Some people disagree with this but I have found that cordless phones slow down or interfere with my internet even with filters. It is worth doing an isolation test by removing your phones and replacing them with different ones (borrow a friend’s) and see whether you get better results.
And if you’re looking for a new phone system for your office, check out this post on the best business phone systems.
11. Shorten and Replace Cables
The length of your cables and their structure can affect speeds. Try replacing old phone cables, sockets, and lines and instead use shorter and newer ones. This can often make a big difference.
12. Check for External Interference
I bet most of you have an iPhone, iPad, sound system, and at least one other form of electronic device in your modem area. Am I right?
Well, if so, then you need to check to see whether these things are causing electromagnetic interference.
Try moving speakers out of the way and getting other electronic devices out of your modem space.
13. Update Firmware and Software Regularly
Your router/modem actually has its own software that you need to update regularly. You can log in to your modem by following your brand’s instructions.
For example, for a NETGEAR modem, you go to http://routerlogin.com where you can update and tweak your settings.
You also need to consider updating your computer’s desktop version, operating system, etc. as often the wireless settings become less compatible over time.
14. Find Your Router/ISP’s Best Settings
When you log in to your modem/router (see point 13) you will see a bunch of settings relating to channels and so on.
Sometimes these settings are not on the best option by default and you’ll need to update them based on the types of devices you use, etc.
Check out your router and ISP’s website for the best settings.
15. Check the Cabling and Do a Line Test
If all of this fails it’s time to contact your Internet Service Provider and modem company and ask them for a line test and investigation.
This may mean that a worker from the company will be sent out to your house, and this can cost an additional fee.
But, you might discover the root of your problem. For instance, a worker could find that the wires in your roof are almost totally chewed away and need replacing. This would be nearly impossible to figure out without a proper investigation.
That’s a wrap.
We hope these easy tips showed you how to increase your internet speed—from a snail’s pace to blazing fast!
Have any other suggestions for boosting download speed? Let us know in the comment section below.
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