How To: Speed Up Your Wireless Internet Connection

Speed Up Your Wireless Internet Connection

In terms of internet, faster = better. We all want faster internet, but how exactly do you get a fast wireless connection? Believe it or not, the answer is quite simple.

Here are 4 things that may be slowing down your connection.

Step 1 Interference from Other Devices

Interference from other devices can really slow down your connection. It can make even the fastest connection sluggish. 

For example, if your router and wireless home phone both operate at the same frequency, such as 2.4Ghz, then the two devices will interfere with each other whenever they're used at the same time. So when your phone starts ringing, your internet may become very slow.

To fix this problem, replace any electronic devices that use the same frequency as your router with ones that use a different frequency.

Step 2 Signal Strength

This one is pretty straight forward. The farther you are from the router, the weaker the signal will be. Likewise, the closer you are to the router, the stronger the signal; The stronger the signal, the faster your internet connection will be.

Step 3 Browsers and Add-Ons

The browser you use can really have an impact on your internet speed. 

For example, when I use Internet Explorer to write articles for WonderHowTo, I have to type slower than normal or else it will lag. When I type at my normal rate, a letter or two might be missing even though I keyed it. But when I use Safari, it's no problem.

Add-ons can also slow down your internet dramatically. Although they can be helpful, having lots of them running is not a good idea, unless you don't mind waiting a couple of extra seconds for a webpage to load.

To solve this problem, simply remove or disable any add-ons you don't need.

How to Speed Up Your Wireless Internet Connection

Other applications may also compete with your browser and slow it down.

Step 4 Viruses

If your computer is infected with a virus, your internet connection is likely to be severely impacted. If you suspect you have a virus, run a scan on your antivirus software.

Tip: If possible, switch to a wired connection.

  • When using a wired connection, there is no way for interference and signal strength to be a problem. Ever. So it is a great choice if your laptop is close to your router.
  • My internet is way faster when I use a wired connection, as opposed to a wireless one.

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