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There are many reasons why your internet could be moving slowly. It might be because of anor a . You might be able to solve slow speeds with an easy fix, like (which ) or simply . But if you’ve already attempted many of these tried-and-true methods and your internet speeds are still subpar, the issue might be something your is intentionally doing: bandwidth throttling.
Yes, you read that right. Your ISP could be making your Wi-Fi slower on purpose. Because of ain which the court declined to hear an appeal on net neutrality, ISPs can still legally stifle your internet, if you’re streaming more TV than they want and serving slower connections to websites owned by their competitors.
One solution to slow Wi-Fi (if it’s caused by internet throttling) is a virtual private network
. Basically, ISPs need to see your IP address to slow down your internet, and a will shield that identity — though this comes with some limitations and downsides, which I’ll discuss below. We’ll walk you through how to tell if throttling is to blame and, if not, what to do about fixing your crummy Wi-Fi. (You can also learn more about .)
First, troubleshoot your slow internet connection
So your Wi-Fi is slow and you think your service provider is throttling your connection. Before you jump to those conclusions, it’s important to run through the usual troubleshooting list: Check that your router is centrally located in your home, reposition its antennas, double-check your network security and so on. If you