Are you suffering from slow internet speeds at home?
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Connectivity drops, bottlenecks, lagged content streaming and downloads, and slow speeds are all common problems with home internet services — and it may not be the fault of your internet service provider (ISP). True, the routers typically provided by ISPs are basic and may not be able to handle modern-day data demands, but there are ways to improve your speed relatively easily in 2023.
Below, we explore common reasons why your internet might be slow and offer suggestions for fixing them.
If you have constant speed problems, your bandwidth is the first thing you should consider.
Ensure you are on a package that can cope with today’s array of devices and their demand for bandwidth. ZDNET’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols noted that a minimum speed of 30Mbps is recommended.
While many areas are only served with cable connections, fiber provides the best speeds. If you want a fiber service but your ISP doesn’t offer one, in some cases, you can register your interest with your ISP — and if enough people follow suit, this might mark your location on the map for earlier installation projects.
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The general rule is that you will need more bandwidth if you have multiple devices and streaming services on the go.
Your internet provider may throttle your service if it decides you use too much bandwidth. This is more common when you are on a basic package. If this is the case, you must call your service provider. You might also need to renegotiate your package, upgrade, or, if you aren’t being offered a good deal, switch providers entirely.
If you are already on a high-speed package and you are suffering slow internet speeds, despite the service you’re paying for, you should check your connection. If you are paying for a subscription of up to 30Mbps, for example, and are only receiving speeds of 2 or 3Mbps, it may be an issue