Few things are as frustrating as a slow internet connection. And it’s not just frustrating. With everything from bank accounts to workspaces now operating online, slow internet can cause some real problems. Imagine trying to register for a required university course, but your connection is so slow that you miss the deadline.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to speed up your computer’s connection. Here are three tips.
Reposition Your Wireless Router
One of the first things you should do when your connection starts to lag is move your router.
WiFi signals have to travel through walls and other obstacles so if your router is located in a central location, for instance, chances are good that the signal will be weakened.
Where are the best places to position your router? The higher up the better so if you have a spot on a high shelf or another elevated surface, that’s an ideal position for your router.
Another tip is to keep your router away from large metal objects. They interfere with the signal. Admittedly this can be difficult depending on your location. For example, it’ll be easier to keep the router away from metal if your location is a retirement community compared to an industrial warehouse.
In the latter case, consider ethernet.
Use an Ethernet Connection
What is an ethernet connection? An ethernet connection is a cable that connects your computer directly to a router. It’s one of the most reliable ways to get a fast and secure internet connection.
One of the reasons ethernet is so speedy is that it doesn’t have to contend with things like walls, metal, and other physical obstacles that weaken a wireless signal.
However, a possible downside to an ethernet connection is that it’s not always possible to use one. For example, if your computer is in a different room from the router, you may not be able to physically connect the two with an ethernet cable.
Change Your DNS Settings
The Domain Name System, or DNS, is what helps convert website names into IP addresses.
Think of it as a phone book for the internet. When you type in a URL like www.example.com, your computer contacts a DNS server and asks for the IP address associated with that domain. The DNS server then looks up the IP address and sends it back to your computer.
Your ISP likely has its own DNS servers that you’re using by default. But these aren’t always the fastest or most reliable and a great way to speed up your connection is to change your DNS settings to use a public DNS server like Google’s.
Slow internet can be frustrating and even cause some real problems. But there are a few things you can do to try and speed up your connection. Repositioning your router, using ethernet, and changing your DNS settings are all good options to try.