Only an Internet Speed Test Can Tell

Ensure that your router is up to date, all computer hardware needs to be replaced eventually, and an old router could be faulty or just plain slow. If you connect only through a wireless connection, the closer you are to your router or nearest tower makes a big difference, and purchasing a larger antenna can help to maintain optimum signal.

Have you ever wondered if you are getting the fastest broadband speeds you are entitled to? In most cases performing a broadband speed test will show that your ISP is doing the right thing by you, and you may need to look a little closer to home for things that might be slowing you down.

A good place to start is by checking all of your broadband connection hardware. Sometimes something as simple as a faulty cable can knock the wind out of your broadband sails. Your broadband router or modem should be connected as close as possible to the socket where the broadband connection enters your home, the shorter the cable, the faster the connection speed. Increases of up to 3Mbps can be achieved by using a shorter cable.

Most spyware, pop-ups and trojan programs that interfere with and slow down your computer system are tailored specifically for Internet Explorer, so switching to an alternative browser program like Mozillas Firefox can solve a lot of those issues for you. Scanning with tools like Stephen Goulds Cleanup to get rid of unwanted cookies and files, and Advanced WindowsCare V2 Personal which helps you to manage which programs start automatically when windows boots up, are both alternatives to changing your web browsing program.

If you are confident that everything is running well and your ISP is providing what they promise, but it is still too slow for your liking, then you may need to bite the bullet and upgrade your account to a faster connection speed.