The demands on our home broadband service are becoming increasingly apparent in today’s digital age. As the connected home starts to take off, no longer is the desktop computer in your home the only device requiring connectivity. Phones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, games consoles, your heating service and even your fridge are now tapping into your broadband service. The transition to the digitally connected world is well and truly upon us; it is expected by 2017 that every person in the home, on average, will have five devices connected to the Internet.
With our increased dependence on the Internet, we all expect a reliable, fast service. At times, we are however familiar with the frustrations of slow speeds. In response, QubeGB’s engineering team – who operate throughout the UK, installing broadband and digital media services – have compiled 15 tips which will hopefully boost your broadband speed before you need to contact your Internet service provider.
- QubeGB suggests: It sounds obvious, but it is worth checking to make sure your router is plugged into your master socket and not an extension. This will reduce the chances of your home wiring interfering with your broadband speed. The master socket will typically be found it your front room or the hall, near where the phone line enters your house.
- QubeGB suggests: Filters might be small, but they can make a big difference in preventing signals from your analogue phone interfering with your (digital) Internet connection. We recommend you have a filter installed on every telephone socket.
- QubeGB suggests: Are you using extension cabling throughout your home? Try to keep your cabling as short as possible to reduce any loss in speed.
- QubeGB suggests: Everyday devices – such as power leads, baby monitors, speakers and cordless phones – can produce electrical interference. In order to reduce the impact of such interference, move your router away from these if you can. It is also better to put your router on a table or shelf, rather than the floor.
- QubeGB suggests: Try an I-Plate. When fitted, an I-Plate also cuts down the amount of electrical interference in your master socket. Thinkbroadband have created a handy video on how to fit an I-Plate.
- QubeGB suggests: Are you using a WiFi connection? If so, you will get the fastest speeds the closer you are to the router. The signal gets weaker when it passes through walls and ceilings, and devices like radiators and fridges can upset the signal too.
- QubeGB suggests: WiFi connections can also experience slower speeds than wired connections. So if you are still in need of a speed uplift, even if you have moved closer to the router, try using a cabled connection instead.
- QubeGB suggests: Always ensure your wireless network is password-protected to avoid unauthorised users slowing down your connection. Most providers now automatically supply you with a password-protected router, but if you do not have one set up, or have the password off, secure your network.
- QubeGB suggests: Do you have other computers and devices connected to your broadband? With more and more devices being Internet enabled, it is worth seeing if these devices are eating up your bandwidth when you may not need them to be connected.
- QubeGB suggests: Ensure your computer is free of unnecessary clutter which will slow its performance. Updates, media player pop-ups, instant chat applications, open website tabs and more can slow your broadband speed. To boost performance, shut down services you do not want, as well as any bandwith-heaving streaming services when you’re not using them. You should also delete old files, and clear your browser history.
- QubeGB suggests: Check your computer is not downloading any programs in the background and remember to check your smartphone and games consoles too. If you wish to download a large file, you might want to check who else in online.
- QubeGB suggests: Keep your virus software up to date. Good antivirus software lowers the security risk to your computer and its defence against viruses means viruses do not have an opportunity to slow down your broadband connection.
- QubeGB suggests: Similar to rush hour traffic, during peak times when more people are using the network, Internet speeds can reduce. As such, if you can, try to avoid downloading large files between 7pm and 10pm.
- QubeGB suggests: Check your download allowance to ensure you haven’t exceeded your limit.
- QubeGB suggests: If you’re still experiencing a slower connection than you expect, contact your Internet service provider to see if they can help further.