Everyone wants a fast-speed internet connection. You got a Zoom meeting to attend, games to play, movies to watch, and podcasts to listen to, but if these online activities lag because of the internet connection, you get frustrated. You lose patience because you are not able to do these things on the internet as smoothly as you’d like. Lots of other online activities depend on the internet to function and you also need an internet connection to access them. For instance, for Xfinity Home or Cox HomeLife services, you need to be able to keep an eye on the cameras around your house or monitor security sensors. But if the internet doesn’t work or is working too slow, you won’t be able to do so. Similarly, if your TV is connected to the Spectrum or Xfinity internet, and it lags, you won’t be able to watch your favorite movies as smoothly and lag-free as you want.
There could be multiple reasons as to why your internet connection is lagging. And we will consider and discuss most of them in this article.
• Data caps? What kind of internet speed you have signed up for and how much data cap is allocated to you by the ISP is something that you should be aware of. Data cap refers to the certain amount of data that you can use in a month. You can check out the data cap on your internet bill.
If you have crossed onto the threshold of data cap limits, then ISP may be throttling your internet speeds. Your ISP does that whenever your data allowance is all used up. You can get rid of the data throttling by paying for more data, which is also the ISP’s intended goal towards data throttling.
• Restart your router. Routers are never turned off. Try restarting it every month to give it a break. It can also refresh your internet connection. If you have a modem and router that are separate from each other, you should restart them both. Restarting the modem can re-stimulate your connection to the ISP.
You can even get a programmable timer, plug it with the router and modem, and from there, the timer will do its job of turning the machine off and on for you. However, restarting the router and modem won’t automatically fix the internet connection for you, but it will definitely help.
• Change the position of the router. If the router is placed in a far corner of the house, you need to move it. Find a better position, a center where it covers your movement around the house or can connect easily to all your devices that need the internet. If the wireless signal is weak in your devices, then the internet connection for these devices will suffer.
• Ethernet. Wireless connections are used everywhere now because they are convenient and allow your device movement around the place. However, they are not always fast and bound to have stuff interfering with their signals such as walls, mirrors, doors, etc. Also, wireless connections are not secure either since anyone within the range can connect to it with a username and password. Ethernet as an alternative is a safer, reliable, and faster way for internet connection. The data transmission gets directly to your laptop or computer instead of relying on the on-air transmission.
• Install antivirus software. Viruses and malware also have the tendency to be a major drag on your internet connection speed. Having antivirus or malware-scanning software will help with preventing any unwanted files from attacking your computer and slowing down your internet speed.
• Block the ads. That’s right, ads also affect your internet connection speeds. Ads are being shown on every web page that you come across, in the form of images, GIFs, and short videos. You probably ignore them most of the time, but your internet connection does not. The media being played from the ads take up the speeds of your internet connection and slow it down for when you need it the most. To prevent that from happening, you can have them blocked by an ad-blocking plugin.
These are the few tricks and tips from us that you can try out to speed up your internet connection. It can get kind of infuriating when you are unable to access your favorite websites due to slow internet speeds. But fortunately, there is always a way around it.