5 Simple Tips to Increase Broadband Connection Speeds

In recent comments I was asked how to increase broadband connection speeds.

Honestly, I don’t know much about that topic.

But then Spencer Hogg from Broadband Expert came along. He’s the expert on this topic and can answer all your connection questions.

That’s why I publish his guest post today.
Here comes Spencer.

Slow broadband connection speeds can be frustrating.

We live in a world that is increasingly online and having a slow connection can slow down your entire life: Entertainment, friends, work, education, love, and more may be taking place online.

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Here are five easy tips to increase your broadband connection speeds – and they won’t cost you a cent!

  1. Keep your wireless router in the same room

    The walls in your home or apartment can interfere significantly with your broadband connection speeds.
    As a rule of thumb, every wall between your computer and the router decreases connectivity by about 25%.

    For best results, try to place the router next to your computer, or at least in the same room.

  2. Use shorter cables

    Longer Ethernet or phone cables produce greater resistance, which decreases your connection speeds.
    Cut your cord length in half and you’ll also halve the resistance in the cable.

    For DSL this may mean moving your router closer to the phone jack, and for the Ethernet you may want to place your desk near the port so you can use a 5′ cable instead of a 25′ cable across the room.

  3. Elevate your wireless router

    Giving the wireless signal an unobstructed pathway to your computer can do wonders for your connection speeds.

    To test this, put your head near your computer and check if you can see directly to your router. If something is in the way, move it and try again.
    Once you have a clear line of sight to the router your broadband connection speeds will increase. Even having the router under your desk may significantly slow down broadband speed.

    If at all possible, move the router so that it is visible from your computer.

  4. Avoid lots of other wires

    Wireless signals, like microwaves or light, are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. That means strong electrical currents or magnetic fields can obstruct or redirect their path.

    If your wireless router is caught in a tangle of wires for your computer, printer, scanner, speakers, and desk lamp then you have created a huge electric force field blocking wireless signals from reaching your computer.
    Clearing these wires (possibly by elevating your router or moving it closer to the computer) will boost your broadband speed — and clean up that unsightly mess under your desk!

  5. Eliminate bandwidth-hogging applications

    Right now your computer is running tons of background applications, some of which are entirely unnecessary for your computer or program to function but are still constantly accessing the internet.

    Your browser or chat client has to compete for bandwidth with these applications, which can really bog down connection speed. Open the Task Manager and close any programs that are unnecessary.

    You may also be able to access the list of start up programs — the ones that open automatically when the computer reboots — and remove those that are unnecessary or require internet access.

    You can also disable the automatic sign-in feature on chat clients so they only connect to the internet when you need them.

    Finally, installing an antivirus program may force programs to ask your permission to access the internet. Don’t think Google Updater needs to access the Web while you are uploading that important file? With one click you can cut it off from internet access.

This article was written by Spencer Hogg from Broadband Expert where broadband deals can be found and you can also test your broadband speed here.

So, how do you increase your broadband connection speeds?
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5 thoughts on “5 Simple Tips to Increase Broadband Connection Speeds

  1. Pam says:

    I have used all the above tips and they helped a lot in speed up my broadband connection.

  2. fast says:

    So far I never experience a slow connectivity yet, and I don’t want to experience it at all. Anyway, you have point on that and this is very useful tips; this can help to avoid slow internet connection. It’s really important to place the computer near to the router so that there will be no interference with the internet signal.

  3. Weco says:

    Very Useful information , this is both good reading for, have quite a few good key points, and I learn some new stuff from it too, thanks for sharing your information

  4. Though all these are great tips, I would like to highlight that these apply both to the router and to the wireless receiver if your computer does not have a built-in wireless receiver (which most desktops don’t have).

    If you have one of those (usually with a USB cable), try to put it as high as possible, but make sure that there is nothing around it that can interfere with the signal (for example, don’t put it on the monitor, or on a bookshelf with the books between the receiver and the router).

    Having six computers in the family, of which 4 laptops, the most effective solution I found is to put the router on top of a library, very close to the ceiling. Yes, there are walls, but no other furniture interferes with the signal, and even with 4 walls between the router and laptop(s) the signal is quite reasonable.

  5. Nice points on the hardware. I am using tune-up utilities for optimization. Right now I guess that it can really help if I make the router connections as close as possible, I bought also this cheap wire shields for better isolation, just to be sure.

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