Broadband Speed

Broadband Speed

Three Things That Could Be Affecting Your Broadband Speed

There are a number of factors that could be slowing down your home broadband speed, and it can often be a challenge trying to resolve the issue. If you've ever asked yourself "What can affect my broadband speed?", here are three things that could be slowing your internet to snail-like speeds.

1. Other people using the network

Many internet service providers, or ISP's, will only give a certain amount of bandwidth to each of their customers, which can have an effect on the speed of your home broadband. This can be further affected by the number of users who are connected to the same broadband connection, for example if two members of the same household are using the internet at the same time, perhaps in different parts of the house. Most of the time you won't even notice the slowdown in speed when someone else is connected to the internet at the same time as you. Other times it may be more noticeable, for example if someone else is playing games on the web, and you are watching a video on your computer at the same time.

An internet service provider may also restrict internet speeds during peak times, for example in the early evening when your neighbours are back from work. During this time your internet speed may seem slower than usual. In order to speed up your internet, you may need to limit the number of users at any one time. Alternatively, you can find an internet service provider that will provide a faster service for a reasonable cost.

2. Computer viruses and malware

Your internet speed could be affected by malware on your computer, which in turn could infect your internet settings. It is imperative that you have installed the latest security software on your computer, have your firewall switched on, and perform regular maintenance checks to ensure that your computer and internet settings are running smoothly. There are a number of internet security software programs available, many of which protect your information when surfing the internet.

3. Your broadband router

Other factors that can affect your broadband speed include the way your laptop or desktop computer connects to the internet. If you have wireless broadband, and are using an old router, you might notice a slowdown in speed when compared to using a wired connection on the same computer. Your router can also be affected by where it is positioned in the home, for example if there is an interference from other networks on the same channel as you.

The router may slowdown if it experiences interference from other electrical devices, or is positioned in a place where your computer is unable to connect to the router properly, for example close to a wall. Fine-tune your internet connection by placing the wireless router in another area of the home to see if it makes a difference. Alternatively, you may want to contact your internet service provider to see if they are able to suggest any alternatives as to why your internet speed has slowed down. For example, they may be able to test the line to see if there is a problem, or check your internet settings.

Top Tip

Always remember to double check the full terms and conditions of the contract as different broadband providers have different costs.

For example, some providers may start you off on a cheaper monthly package but then raise it significantly after a few months.

When comparing prices it's important to double check these kind of things to ensure you choose the best deal.

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