Basic troubleshoot of slow internet

Basic troubleshoot of slow internet

2020-03-20
Subisu
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Despite having a high-speed internet connection sometimes you may experience slow internet speed and decline in performance. Sometimes, your super-fast Wi-Fi and internet fail you when you want it most. Slow internet speed can be extremely frustrating. However, there are several ways to troubleshoot and fix the slow connection by yourself.

Factors that can affect internet speed

  • Having many devices connected to the same router/network at a time
  • Doing multiple things at a time such as; streaming, gaming, video conferencing, downloading large files, etc.
  • Outdated routers or wrong router configuration.
  • Routers distance from the devices using the internet.
  • Your device could be the reason why your internet is slow i.e. old computers, laptops and mobile phones with slow processors.
  • Malware also slows down the internet speed, some malware such as spyware is designed to install itself on your computer and run in the background.
  • Host server where the site is located. In this case, the slow speed is not a problem at your or ISP’s end but from the site your visiting.
  • The internet connection you are using is the most important factor in internet speed. Cables (optical fiber) are faster than ADSL and even wireless connections.

Here are quick ways to fix the slow connection

1. Check Internet Speed

The first thing you will need to do is test your internet speed. This will let you know if you are getting a lower internet speed than you should be. Compare the speed results against the expected speed of the Internet connection you’re paying for. You can test your internet speed here.

internet speed test

During the speed test, make sure that only one host is connected to get accurate speed test report. Another proactive step during speed test is to restart your modem and router. It helps router/modem return to full working status.

2. Troubleshoot your hardware devices

Try rebooting your router and modem to see if that fixes the problem. You'd be surprised how often this simple step resolves issues. Also, check the other devices/computers connected to same internet to see if their connection is slow too. If other devices are not facing the problem then the issue is with your device only, not router or modem.

tp-link router reboot

If the basic reboot doesn’t fix the problem, reset your router to factory (default) settings. This will remove any customized settings. To restore factory settings, hold down the reset button for a minute or two with the tip of a ball point pen or paper clip. But, make sure you know the previous settings well incase anything goes wrong during factory reset.

3. Fix your WiFi signal

Sometimes the router and internet seem to be working fine but the Wi-Fi signal is weak. There are few reasons for weak Wi-Fi signal such as too many devices using it at the same time, your device may be at a long distance from router or may be interfered by other wireless networks. Use devices nearer the router and/or ensure there is a line of sight between the device and the router.

4. Choose right channel in your router

router channel selection

When multiple Wi-Fi networks overlap, it can cause so much interference that you'll all suffer from slow Wi-Fi speed. You need to discover which channels nearby networks are using, and you can do this with any WiFi analyzer App. Then you can change the channel as suggested by the analyzer App. After that restart the router and check if problem is fixed.

5. Check your devices and reduce bandwidth usage

Sometimes the programs such as torrents, file sync programs like Google Drive, OneDrive, auto-update apps, windows updates, etc. are lurking in the background consuming the bandwidth. For example, if you're downloading files with Bit-Torrent, regular web browsing is going to be slower. Try blocking automatic updates that devour a lot of bandwidth.

When you're not using the other devices, its best to keep them disconnected from Wi-Fi.

6. Check your fiber cable and wiring

Check both ends of the cables and make sure they are securely plugged in. Similarly, check the connections at both ends of all the wires. On most of the systems, there is a green LED signal if the network cable connection is working fine.

7. Optimize web for slow connection

If it’s just one or two website that you can’t browse, the problem is likely on that website not your connection. Optimizing for slow connection doesn’t mean your internet speed will be up, it means optimizing for slow browsing sites. You can use mobile version of the site, disable images, use HTML version of email providers and so on.

Sometimes the content providers such as YouTube, Netflix may experience issues at their server. In that case you will have to wait for them to solve the issues at their end.

8. Scan for viruses and malwares

Virus, malware, and spyware, as they use the bandwidth and deplete resources from their computers, can cause a drop in internet speeds. It's essential to scan your computer completely when you find that the speed of the internet has gone down significantly. Such programs are running in the background consuming the bandwidth.

9. Reset your network adapter

When most of the basic fixes don’t work, you have to reset your network adaptor making network card go back to default settings. Again, when you’re resetting network adapter make sure you know all the network settings and note them down.

network settings

If you went ahead and chose to reset your network adapters, Windows 10 informs you that your computer or device is about shut down in 5 minutes. Close the notification and save anything you are working. After the reset you have to reconfigure everything about your network adapters from scratch. If you use a proxy or a VPN, you must reconfigure them also.

10. Choose best position to keep WiFi router

The position of router significantly affects the internet speed. Here’s what you need to know about router position:

router placement

  • Place the router in a central location of the building
  • Avoid surrounding it with metal objects
  • Don’t keep router near electronic appliances (such as TV, Microwave etc)
  • Keep router in well ventilated room

Still experiencing slow Internet speeds?

We do all we can to make Subisu services perform perfectly all the time, but occasional problems are unavoidable. Start with our Service Support for a fast, convenient way to identify and fix common issues.

After checking the above, re-test your connection. If the results aren't what you were expecting, chat with our Internet Support Staff.

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