3 Tips to Maximize Speed

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3 Tips to Maximize Internet Speed

In this article we will be going over three easy to do tips on how to get the best speed from your internet service provider. Many people throughout the United States are getting the short stick when it come to their speed. If you follow these three easy to do steps you will guarantee that you are doing all you can do to make sure you are getting the fastest speeds.

Before we start you are going to need to visit speedtest.net. Do a quick speed test and write down your results.

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This way you can see if your speed improved after following our tips. Next you want to write down what server your internet speed was based on. Different servers will yield different speeds, so this is a very important step. The last thing to make sure of is to do the speed test at a certain time. This is because depending on how many users are on at the same time on your DSL or Cable line will affect your speed. We recommend doing the speed test late at night or early in the morning. Once you have written down all this information you can proceed to following these 3 steps and see if your speed goes up.

  1. Turn off other computers and devices connected to the internet
  2. Wire your computer directly to your modem
  3. Check what model modem and router you are using

#1 Turn off other computers and devices connected to the internet to maximize speed

The first step out of three is to turn off any unnecessary devices that are connected to your home network. Some examples include smart phones, tablets, gaming devices, PCs, laptops, and your television if it is wired to your home network. This will allow you to get maximum speed from your internet provider. Why is this? Some internet providers speed will go down depending on if multiple users are on at the same time. This is especially true for DSL service.

We recommend that you tell all your family members or room mates about this. Let them know to turn off their devices when they leave the house or if they are not using their connection. Also most devices automatically connect to the network when they are in a certain range of the router. When you log in for the first time it usually has a check box that is already checked stating that when the device is near the connection it will automatically connect. You can turn off this by going to your signal bar and finding your network name. You then want to right click on it and select options or properties. There you should find a check box to select that you do not want to automatically connect. Although this can be a pain to log in every time you want to access the internet, it will speed up the other devices that are surfing online.

#2 Plug your computer into the modem

modem plugged into computer
A easy way to improve your internet speed is to directly plug your computer or laptop into the modem. Although this may be inconvenient for laptops it may be worthwhile for a home PC. This is because a home PC is typically placed at a computer desk and does not move. When you wire your device directly to your modem you are getting the most from your internet provider.

When you wire your computer to the modem you are bypassing the router. Because the router sends the signal through the air to your device you loose out on some of the potential speed. There should have been a cord that connects to your PC with your modem. Check the box that the modem came in or the drawer that you store all your wires. Usually this is only a 10 foot cord so you may have to do some shopping to get a longer cord. You can save some money by ordering it online or you can always go to the nearest electronics store to pick one up. Note that the shorter the line the faster your speed will be. There won’t be a huge difference so don’t stress it too much.

#3 Check your modem and router specs

The last out of our three steps is to check what model and specs your modem and router put out. This is very important for high speed internet and broadband internet. Anything over 10 megabits. Some of the cheaper modem and routers can only put out so much speed. So if your internet provider is saying you are getting 20 megabits and you are only getting 10 this may be due to your equipment. An easy way of checking your specs is to write down the model numbers of your modem and router. Then do a Google search of your model and speed limits or specs. If you are having a hard time finding this information you can always search the company that makes the product and nicely ask them.

Most people think that all the equipment is the same. But just like anything else the cheaper the product the cheaper the service so spend the extra $20 and buy yourself a nice modem and router, it will be well worth it. This is especially true for the router. A router can be used with any internet service you are subscribed to. Like cable or DSL, but the router is interchangeable between the two so investing in a high quality router is defiantly something we recommend.

One last note is to always make sure your router is password protected. This prevents neighbors from leeching onto your network and taking away from your speed. This will also protect private information on your network. You can easily do this by looking on the back or side of your router and going to the website it lists. There should also be a user ID and a password that you enter. From there you can proceed to creating a WEP or WEP2.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We hope you have learned something. Internet speed is a very important thing. It can mean the difference between streaming a video or buffering, so take the time out of your day to try these 3 simple steps and we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised on the outcome!

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