Why Your Internet Slows Down
There are several reasons why your internet slows down during the day when you are trying to be productive. What can you do to ease the pain and frustration? Understanding the issues may give you an insight into how to fix the problem. <!–more–>
I know it can be frustrating because I run into that same issue. I finally contacted Megabite in the hopes they could explain why this keeps happening. Here are some ideas they gave me.
Where Is Your Router
Sure, blame it on the network router, right? Well as silly as it may sound, the location of your router may have more to do with it than you think. Your Wi-Fi issues could be as simple as a poorly positioned router. Walls, windows, putting your router behind a desktop, and floors between you and the router will all cause the quality of a Wi-Fi signal to be not so great, especially if thicker materials are heightening the issue.
It’s not always possible, but ideally, you want your Wi-Fi router as close as possible to the devices you want the fastest speeds for, and with the smallest number of physical barriers in between; however, you want to be careful not to put your router next to household appliances that use electromagnetic waves. Examples would be your microwave, wireless doorbells, and baby monitors.
Internet Slows Down – Too Many Devices
How many devices do you have that are connected to the Internet? Each one of them takes up bandwidth. That means the greatest amount of data transmitted over an internet connection at a given time.
Besides cutting down the number of devices and computers you use all at one time, there are a few other solutions you can try.
Specific Channel or Frequency Range
Say you are in an apartment building and you and everyone else in that building use the same channel, you may be able to adjust your router’s settings (Megabite can help you with this.)
Most routers have dual-band technology. It may be possible to switch a device to 2.4GHz (lower speed but a greater range of Wi-Fi) or 5GHz (higher speed but shorter range Wi-Fi). It stands to reason that devices needing higher speeds should be set to the 5GHz setting.
5GHz band is the better option for multiple devices being used at the same time unless your gadgets are located far away from the router.
It wouldn’t hurt to write or type down what each device is on in case you need to refer to the list in the future.
One of Your Devices Is Too Old
If all devices but one on your network works just fine except for one, it could be that it is too outdated. It’s hard work for older hardware and software to stay up to date with all the pressures of the modern web. Do you have a device that is older than 2014? It may just be failing because it can’t keep up with the latest and best (and speedier) Wi-Fi criteria.
Watch Out for Malware
Are you only slow on one particular phone or laptop? For your laptop or desktop, maybe it’s time you did a security scan for malware. It may also help to uninstall any apps, programs, and browser extensions that you are not regularly using. Not only could this be a risk in slowing down your device’s onboard processing, but it also is sending information back onto the internet without you even knowing it. Not only are you vulnerable to identity theft, but you are also potentially choking up your airwaves.
Reset if All Else Fails
As a last resort, a complete reset of your Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS device might help — both in removing unnecessary clutter on the device and clearing out any unwanted malware that’s taken root. If that doesn’t help, maybe you may need to think about investing in a new device.
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