As we get dependent on the internet and social media, we may get frustrated with a slow connection. When you see the all too familiar wait icon, you may find a rage building up inside. There are many reasons for slow internet connection, most on the technical sides.
However, it does not mean you cannot work around the slow connection. With these tips from Redshed, you may quickly isolate the problem.
10 ways to deal with a slow connection
1. Recheck Your Settings
First, you need to check your settings. Use speed-test applications to check for your current internet speed, and compare the results with your internet plan. Another thing, a router can be responsible for your slow connection if you don’t configure it correctly. Make sure that your router’s settings are consistent with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) recommendations. Also, write down any changes you made to your router so you can undo them if needed.
2. Check for Interference
Another thing to check is whether there is interference with your wireless connections. For example, you just bought an electronic appliance which can interfere with your computers. The rule of thumb is the closer your computer to the wireless router, the better your Wi-Fi connection. So, it is better to reposition your router or move your device closer.
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3. Check for Malfunction
The last thing to check is whether you have any cable malfunction. These technical glitches may be the main reason for your slow connection problem. Try to swap cables, bypass router, or test with multiple devices to isolate the specific component of your network system. If you already know the culprit, then decide whether you want to upgrade, or repair the current equipment.
4. Stop Programs Using Large Bandwidth
Several applications may run background processes that quietly consume your internet connections bandwidth. These programs may be hidden or minimized to your system tray. Keep in mind that these programs are helping you to do your work; they are not worms or virus. Also, sometimes they may consume a significant amount of bandwidth while other times they work entirely normal. Games or video editing programs may be one of these programs, they can absorb your internet bandwidth and cause your connections to seem slow.
Other programs that may work in the background are file-syncing applications, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. They might move large data in the background and therefore could unconsciously slow down your internet connection. Any regular updates from your operating software can also hog your bandwidth. In short, it is better to check your background program and close them for a while.
5. Beware of Malware
Malware or internet worms are malicious programs that can spread from one computer to the next through computer networks. If your computer becomes infected with malware or worms, they usually generate network traffic in the background, resulting in a slow connection. You may want to update your anti-virus software or install one to help you remove malware and unwanted worms from your device.
6. Optimize Web Browser for a Slow Connection
We usually have a slow internet connection while in public places, like coffee shops or libraries. In this situation, we cannot do anything regarding the router or cables malfunction. However, you can optimize your web browser to improve your browsing speed. Try to use the mobile version of your favourite sites and disable any images. You may want to consider setting a secondary browser for this situation. For example, Google has a Data Saver extension that can compress data before reaching to your web browser.
Other options you can try while in public place are to use your Smartphone as an access point for your laptop. The connection via a mobile phone is usually much faster than in a crowded public place. However, you need to pay attention to your data usage, as it may eat up your data plan.
7. Prioritize Your Work
When you are dealing with a slow connection, you may need to priorities your tasks. You may want to try by separating them from the tasks that require substantial bandwidth and those that require light or no bandwidth. Prioritize the light ones first when you are in a slow internet connection. And then if you can find faster access, do the heavy tasks.
Also, try to work outside your browser. For example, if you are writing an article for your website, you can do it in a text editor first before copying and paste them to your website.
8. Contact Your Internet Service Provider
Your connection ultimately depends on the Internet Service Provider. These ISPs may suffer some technical difficulties resulting in your slow connection. Also, they may upgrade some services or install filters on the network which may lower your internet connection. You can try to contact them and ask if they were having
technical difficulties, and how long should you wait for your connection to come back to normal.
9. Attempt to Change Your New DNS Server
DNS is a server which helps look up and translate any domain into a computer-friendly address. Sometimes this server can encounter some issues and can slow your internet connections. However, to change a DNS server, you need advanced knowledge about networking and internet connections. If after checking your DNS servers aren’t having any problems, then you probably do not need any improvement.
10. Change Your Provider
If your slow connection problem continues, then you may want to consider changing to a new provider. It is better to do some research on several providers before deciding. Since there are stifling competition and only several ISPs available in the market, many ISPs will offer competitive plans. You may want to change some network equipment too, such as cable, DSL, or router.
By the end of the day, you can take a positive view from your slow internet connection. Take a quality break or take time to plan work ahead of you. Sometimes, it is a way of the universe telling you to have quality time with your loved ones.
Melissa Weir is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and work-from-home mother of two. In her 10 years as a professional writer, she’s worked in proposal management, grant writing, and content creation. Personally, she’s passionate about teaching her family how to stay safe, secure and action-ready in the event of a disaster or emergency.
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