Slow internet speeds are devastatingly frustrating. They not just slow down your work but also affect other very important functionalities like downgrading the quality of your internet-based communication like Skype calls, making videos buffer, don’t allow your pages to load properly and even affect the functionality of many apps.
Many people believe that getting a faster internet connection is the answer to their speed woes, but that won’t work unless you find out the exact root cause as to why you are not getting speeds close to the limit set by your current plan.
Sometimes it’s the speed infrastructure that causes speed problems like an outdated modem or not being close enough to your Wi-Fi router. But if you have the latest modem and your Wi-Fi device is located right inside the room your work, then you need to dig a bit deeper to find out where the problem actually lies.
Internet speeds are affected by many different factors, a lot which many people don’t even know about.
Well, you don’t need to worry, as here are the things you need to evaluate in order to find the exact root cause of your slow speeds:
Run a Malware Check:
Modern-day malware are not your ordinary viruses. They don’t just infect your files; they can also be using your system to run a major bot-net network. If that’s the case, then a significant chunk of your internet speeds might be being diverted to power someone’s Bitcoin mining operations without you even knowing about it.
Other times, even the presence of malware is like a program running in the background that’s accessing the network and affecting your speeds.
The best remedial action, in this case, is to run a malware check. You can do this by using any sort of trustworthy anti-virus software like Avast. Using the anti-virus to eliminate them or if that doesn’t manage to root out all types of viruses, then go for a system re-boot or OS re-install.
Check your VPN’s speeds:
VPNs are fast becoming commonplace as users these days don’t just use them to protect their privacy but also for unblocking Netflix, powering safe Torrenting, bypassing geo-restriction on different sites etc.
However, a lesser-known fact is that VPNs cause a speed loss when initiated due to the heavy encryption and tunneling protocols they use for safeguarding the internet connection.
This speed loss is manageable in a very few VPN services, but among a wide majority of them, the speed loss can be up to 50% to even 80% sometimes.
If you want to check out whether your VPN is the cause of your slow speeds, just run a speed test using a reliable speed tool like speedmeter.pk or testmy.net without the VPN enabled and after enabling the VPN. If the difference is significant, then you need to turn off this VPN and sign up for a faster one.
Check for Bandwidth Throttling by your ISP:
Sometimes, your ISP doesn’t allow for full speed bandwidth for certain activities and it puts cap on actually how much bandwidth can be used for it. This can result in selective slow speeds for e.g. if your ISP is not very fond of YouTube videos or Netflix streaming, it will put up a throttle on them on its network.
The best way to find out whether there is such a possibility is to conduct speed tests while doing different activities and if you can find a major difference in speeds between activities, you need to contact your ISP.
If that doesn’t work then change your ISP but first confirm as to what kind of throttling it does.
Connect Right Through the Wire:
Wi-Fi is mightily convenient but its not always good for fast speeds as there is a lot of interference in its signals, making it experience a significant speed loss.
Try switching to Ethernet cables that are wired directly from your PC to your modem in order to cancel out any chances of disturbances. As a rule of law, Ethernet cables are much faster because they suffer minimum packet loss.
Check for How Many Devices are connected to your Internet:
A lot of devices connected to an internet connection means that every single one of them will share the internet bandwidth that’s allocated to your network. So, if you want a single device to get maximum speeds, you either need to remove access for all other devices in the network or set a speed cap on their activities while prioritizing speeds for your system.
In this hyper-connected world, mobiles and tablets lying around idle is a common thing, but even when they are idle, they can consume a large amount of bandwidth so don’t take it lightly and consider action at the earliest.
Internet speeds are now being considered as an important part of the quality of life as even acknowledged and mandated by different governments around the world. Slow speeds despite a fast connection is very common issue, however to resolve this problem you need to know and understand as to what is causing you to lose speed that’s rightfully yours.
Apart from the role that a good internet infrastructure plays in bringing the best speeds, these factors are mightily effective in weeding out any sort of nuisance that might be slowing you down without you even knowing about it.