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10 tricks to improve Internet speed

Many of our daily activities are carried out through Internetfrom entertainment to professional issues, and now that remote work is more common it has become more necessary to have good speed, but if you are not getting it there are some tricks that you can apply.

The reason why your WiFi signal is bad can be due to many factors, from bad router placement to the wrong frequency.

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Start enjoying a better internet and apply some of these tips.

What to do when WiFi is slow?

The cybersecurity company Avast points out that The first step to follow to improve the internet connection is to verify that it is not a problem with your device. in which case you should look for tools to optimize it.

As the reality is that in most cases it is a connection failure, you can try the following tricks:

1. Get closer to the router. It is the most obvious and simple option but it can also be the most effective. If you notice improvement then it will be time to look for a better location. Also take into account that thick walls, especially concrete, and other obstacles affect the signal.

Get closer to the router. (Photo: Pixabay)

It must also be said that internet service providers do not usually provide the best routers, so if the signal does not reach strong enough, it may be time to invest in a new one.

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You can also generate a map in your home with the best and worst connection places, you can do it manually or with specialized tools that you will find on the internet to measure the signal in real time.

2. Close unnecessary background programs and applications. If your router is fine, perhaps you are saturating the network. You can see this if the signal works well on a different device, for example, if you have a good response on the PC but not on your cell phone. If so, check for unnecessary programs that are consuming bandwidth.

For this you can open the Task Manager and see the running processes and applications. Of course, consider that it is likely that these programs will start again the next time you turn on the computer, so you will have to repeat the process.

3. Clear browser cache and history. A full cache of data can cause websites to load not, partially, or very slowly. For this reason, it is often necessary to delete files that may interfere.

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To clear the Google Chrome cache, open the browser and click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner. Select More tools and then Clear browsing data. Check that all the basic options are selected: Browsing history, Cookies and other data from sites and Cached files and images. Then click Clear data.

4. upgrade your equipment, especially network drivers and router firmware. Unfortunately, routers’ factory firmware and drivers are rarely optimized or bug-free, but updating them may fix problems and improve performance.

5. Reboot the router every two to three months. The slowness of the router can be caused by a cache problem or a bug in the firmware, and turning it off and on again can fix that problem.

Reboot the router every two to three months.  (Photo: Pixabay)

Reboot the router every two to three months. (Photo: Pixabay)

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6. Use a wired (Ethernet) connection instead of WiFi. If you are working on a PC it is time to go back to the traditional and use cable, with this you will gain several extra Gbps.

At this point it is important that the cable is not too long and check that it does not have kinks.

7. Use a Wi-Fi extender or repeater. It may be an obvious solution, but thanks to this equipment you will be able to maintain a strong and stable signal throughout your house since it eliminates dead zones and weak points.

8. Limit the number of devices connected to your router. If you have many computers connected, the WiFi signals cross and can cause drops in network performance. So try turning off the ones you don’t need and see if speed and reliability improve.

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9. Scan your system for viruses as malware infections can cause high bandwidth usage, especially when they search your personal files or download malicious code.

10. change band. You may not know it, but you can connect to the internet through the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band. The former is better when you are far from the router, although the speed decreases. While the second offers the maximum speed if you are close to the router.

As an extra tip, identify intruders on your WiFi. It could be that the reason why your connection is slow is because your neighbor is stealing your signal. There are tools online that will help you find out what devices are connected and remove us if you don’t recognize them.

GDA / El Universal / Ariadna Cruz / Mexico

Source: Elcomercio

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