9 Cost-Free Ways to Speed Up Your Broadband Internet Connection

Ultrafast broadband is expensive. Plus, it may not be available in some areas. So, why not make do with your maximum speed limit then perform minor tweaks to optimize your connection?

Here are nine effective ways to speed up your broadband internet connection without paying extra money to upgrade your subscription plan.

Do not set auto-updates for unnecessary programs

. If all your programs are set to auto-update, your broadband connection speed will definitely lag. You might want to disable auto-updates for programs that do not directly affect your computer’s security and system performance. Or better yet, uninstall all unneeded programs.

Secure your Wi-Fi network with a password

. When other people piggyback on your signal, your internet connection slows down. Use a strong alphanumeric password and regularly update it.

Anticipate traffic throttling by your ISP

. When many people access the internet via the same network line, the ISP restricts the bandwidth for heavy users so they do not negatively impact the online experience of moderate users. If you are a heavy downloader, then you can expect your ISP to do something about your connection speed. That way, you do not hog the bandwidth for yourself and leave other subscribers in your area with sluggish connections.

Consider using an Ethernet cable

. Wireless connection may be convenient, but a hardwired connection to the router ensures your connection speed is not hampered by signal issues caused by distance and physical obstruction.

Eliminate extension cables

. The longer the extension, the more sluggish the connection. So, avoid using extra wiring to connect the router to the landline. Plan a network setup that eliminates the need for any extension cabling. Another shortcut to optimal connection speed is to place the router in the same room as your computer.

Perform the on-off magic

. IT people have long realized the importance of unplugging your router and your computer for a few seconds before plugging them back in. It “clears” the line and irons out minor internet connection kinks.

Your hardware and software must be in tiptop shape and regularly updated

. Any router model that’s older than a standard N-rated wireless router can negatively affect the internet connection speed. The same is true if you are using an old laptop or desktop computer. Your browser and your antivirus program must be updated, too. Scan regularly to weed out viruses and malware that bog down your computer’s performance and connection speed.

Find a different channel on your wireless router

. The sluggish internet connection may be caused by a large number of users connecting via the same local channel. Read the router’s manual to learn how to change the channel to the least busy one. This can do wonders for your connection speed.

Eliminate interference in the line

. Unwanted interference from multiple phone lines, fax machines, and other communication equipment connected to your network can bog down the signal. The best way to deal with interference is to place a microfilter designed for use between the phone socket and the phone lead connected to the router box. Some broadband installations already come with microfilter connectors. If yours doesn’t, you might want to check with your ISP.

By K. Ong

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