Sluggish high-speed Internet is not what most of us sign up for when we purchase a data package from our ISP. Yet, it happens sometimes no matter how fancy your cable or DSL package is.
This is mainly because the Internet contains numerous technologies that constantly communicate with one another. That’s why there are many different points of failure that can cause sluggish high-speed Internet.
What Could Be Wrong?
There are several causes behind sluggish high-speed Internet. It could be that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has dropped the ball in some way. But before you point fingers consider that it could be a number of other factors as well. The good news is some of these causes are easy to fix and you can even DIY some of them.
• Outdated Modem/Router
Perhaps the modem or router device you’re using is old and no longer effective at its job. Most of these devices go through planned obsolescence within a few years of purchase, just like everything else. But, consult with your ISP before you check it out. Also, make sure you’re using the latest 802.11 ac router technology, which is faster than 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b.
• Bad Router Configuration
Another possible cause for sluggish high-speed Internet could be improperly configured modem or router. Be sure to double-check the user’s manual it came with or visit the manufacturer’s website to make sure it’s set up properly.
Someone syphoning your wireless connection without your consent could cause sluggish high-speed Internet. You can overcome this problem by setting up a password to prohibit people from stealing your wireless connection and slowing you down.
• Bandwidth Issues
It’s possible that your bandwidth is buckling under the pressure of numerous plugin features and add-ons.
• Browser Security Feature
You might be experiencing sluggish high-speed Internet due to security features that are running in the background while you’re trying to browse the Internet.
Whether you’re uploading or downloading content, torrenting can significantly choke your bandwidth, causing sluggish high-speed Internet. In fact, you could be downloading content without even knowing it!
• ISP Errors
It’s possible that your ISP might be struggling to route signals to you.
• Outdated DNS
Make sure your domain name system (DNS) is up to date in order to make sure signals are sent to the right address.
• Full Cache
Your Internet browser’s cache might be full so the best way to fix the problem would be to clear your cache.
• Appliance and Device Interference
Perhaps you’re experiencing sluggish high-speed Internet due to interference from other devices such as heaters, kettles, thermostats, microwaves home assistants etc. running at the same time. Try to use your computer away from other devices in order to improve speed.
• Outdated Computer
As your computer ages, its ability to process modern webpages is compromised, causing sluggish high-speed Internet. The only solution here would be to buy a new computer.
• Too Many Open Windows
Sometimes, you just have too many windows open at the same time. Close the ones you’re not using and leave the ones you’re working on.
• Basement Router
Try to place an Internet booster between your computer and your basement if you have put your router in the basement. This will improve signal strength and speed.
What to Do
As you can see, there are numerous possible reasons for sluggish high-speed Internet.
Here are a few tips to try if you experience this problem:
- Use DSLreports.com or a similar website to perform a speed test on your laptop or computer. Do this test multiple times a day until your speed picks up.
- Troubleshoot your computer as per your Internet connection’s troubleshooting menu.
- Get in touch with your ISP. Explain what’s happening. They’ll be able to test the signal emanating from your house, troubleshoot it and find the source of the problem.
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