25 Sep

Why is my Internet so slow?

Slow Internet speed can seriously impact your home or business’ efficiency. From the type of connection you choose to problems with your computer software, there are a number of factors that could be to blame for your Internet’s glacial pace. Here are some of the most common causes behind slow Internet speed and their potential fixes.

Internet plan – The speed of your Internet connection will largely depend on the Internet plan you have chosen with your broadband provider. Different Internet packages will vary in maximum download speed and data usage, with some offering a quicker connection than others. When selecting your next Internet package, it’s important to choose a plan that meets your needs and expectations. If you’re a large-scale business that relies on fast Internet access, you may require a plan that provides a higher connection speed such as NBN. Your Internet Service Providers will be able to advise you on the best Internet plan to suit the needs of your household or business.

Browser issues – Sometimes, your computer or browser itself could be the reason behind your slow Internet connection. If you’re using an older device or browser, the software may not support faster Internet speeds, impacting your computer’s overall performance. Too many browser add-ons or limited hard drive space can also have similar effects on Internet speed. Whilst useful, some add-ons and plug-in features consume bandwidth and impact your browsing experience.

Computer viruses – Your individual Internet speed can be affected by the health of the computer or device you are using. Spyware or computer viruses, for example, can interfere with your browser and cause your Internet connection to lose speed or shut down altogether. Once infected, computer viruses can spread through your computer incredibly fast, leaving little Internet bandwidth for your own browsing needs. Running malware and antivirus software can help you get back up to speed and ensure your Internet connection continues to run efficiently.

Wifi interference – If weak wifi signal is impacting your Internet speed, there are a number of factors that could be to blame. Firstly, you should check whether there is anything physically obstructing your wifi router. If so, you may want to consider moving the router to a different position. Poor wifi signal can also result from interference from other devices, such as cordless phones, microwaves and wireless gadgets. This is especially the case if your wireless router operates on the 2.4 GHz spectrum, as is the case with some older routers. For the most reliable wifi connectivity, you may want to consider a dual band frequency wireless router.

High website traffic – Some connectivity issues, such as those caused by high website traffic and local Internet congestion, will be outside of your control. Just like cars in a traffic jam, when many people try to access a website at the same time, this high volume of traffic can cause can your Internet speed to slow down. This doesn’t indicate a problem with your individual connection, but rather a problem with the website itself. Similarly, your Internet speed can also be affected when too many people try to connect to the Internet at the same time during peak hours.

Get the right advice from your Internet Service Provider

If you’re experiencing consistent problems with your Internet speed, you may need to report your problem to your Internet Service Provider. Whether you’re thinking about changing your Internet plan or are unhappy with your current broadband providers, the team at Uniscope will be able to provide the advice and support you need to get back up to speed. As an Australian owned and operated telecommunications company, we offer a flexible and reliable service to all our customers and are able to tailor our Internet solutions to suit businesses of any size.

To find out more about our Internet solutions, or for advice on the best plan for you, get in touch with our team today via the Uniscope website or give us a call on 1300 000 864.

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