18 Dec

Four factors that could be impacting your Wi-Fi speed

With the desire for online immediacy becoming ever greater, users are developing a need for speed when it comes to their Internet connection. Whether you’re streaming your favourite show on Netflix or downloading important information for your business, we know that any problem with your Wi-Fi connection can be incredibly disruptive to your online needs. Before you call your Internet Service Provider to troubleshoot the problem, here are a few common triggers (and their fixes) that could be causing a slow-down in your Wi-Fi speed.

Why is my Wi-Fi connection so slow?

Running too much software: Do you ever find your Internet speed slows down when you use multiple devices at once? This is a common issue that can cause problems with Wi-Fi performance, especially if one of those devices is running a lot of software or downloading large files. If you’re experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, try checking other devices for activities that may be consuming bandwidth – it may be a case of pausing Netflix whilst you download that important business file! If you have consistent problems with Wi-Fi speed due to a large number of users or devices, it may be worth looking into a high speed Internet plan that better suits your digital needs.

Outdated equipment: It’s not just the obvious online activities that could be causing a slowdown in your Wi-Fi speed. If you’re using an older router that functions at 2.4 GHz frequency, there could be a number of other household devices interfering with your Wi-Fi network. Microwaves, cordless phones and bluetooth devices operate at a similar frequency to older Wi-Fi routers, and can cause your Wi-Fi network to become “overcrowded”. If this is the case for you, it may be time to upgrade to a dual-band router that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels. This will allow you to switch to a less crowded channel when you’re experiencing too much Wi-Fi interference from other devices.  

Too much traffic: If it’s not your own devices causing a slowdown in Internet speed, it may be your neighbour’s. This can be a particular problem in crowded areas or apartments, when lots of people are trying to connect to the same Wi-FI channel at once. If your connection only slows down during ‘peak hours’, this is likely the cause of your problems. Try switching your router to a different channel to find a faster connection.

Out of range: If your Wi-Fi signal is consistently weaker in certain areas of your home or office, this is likely because you are too far away from your Wi-Fi router. In addition to distance, walls and physical obstructions are also big Wi-Fi signal killers, so try moving your router to a more convenient spot closer to those all-important devices. If you find this doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to increase the range of your Wi-Fi using a Wi-Fi repeater. Although this will set you back a few dollars, it can work wonders for your signal.

Reliable Internet plans from Uniscope

Whether you’re seeking a new Internet solution for your business or looking to upgrade your current plan, Uniscope offer a range of high-quality Internet plans for Australian homes and businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you’re unsure about which Internet plan best suits your needs, our qualified engineers can help you find a solution that matches your speed and data requirements.

For more information about our unique Internet solutions, visit the Uniscope website or call us on 1300 000 864 today.

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