The Internet is a wonderful human creation, allowing us to have almost complete access to knowledge, shopping opportunities and so much more. But as is often the case, just like any other system, it needs us to pay attention to it at the local level (i.e. desktop computers, laptops, etc…). It is not difficult to find a whole variety of Internet speed-boosting programs which are meant to help you work better within the Web; however a lot of this can be done without specialized software if you know what you’re doing. Below are 5 tips on how to improve Internet performance and speed:
1. Shop For High Speed Internet Providers
It may be possible that there are other high speed Internet service providers in the area who offer better deals and higher speeds. Completing an Internet speed test will arm you with the information you need when contacting your Internet service provider. Check out possible offers from all available Internet providers around your home and see if you can’t figure out a better deal instead of working with the same provider – remember that it is your needs that matter and that Internet service providers offer varying deals because they want you as their customer.
2. Maintenance Is Important
Simple maintenance goes a long way. Virus and malware scans, defragmentation of your hard drives and registry cleanups are all useful tools who help keep your computer’s software architecture in good working condition. Imagine it like a home that needs regular dusting, reorganizing and cleaning. Although the metaphor might sound funny to someone who knows what they’re doing, there are plenty of people who simply have no idea that they can cleanup their computer hard drive. If you’re not sure how to do it, there are lots of sites online for more details on how to significantly boost not only your internet speed but your computer’s operating speed as well.
3. Reset The Router
Nine out of ten times the first advice you’ll hear from customer support when calling the help hotline of your given ISP (Internet Service Provider) will be “Have you tried resetting your router?.” Often times, this should solve the problem if there are issues like faulty wireless connections and so on. The reasons for this may vary, but for the most part it is a decent and simple solution to start with.
4. Using An Ad-Blocker
Online display ads take up a lot of bandwidth on slow connections and for the most part, if you’re not keen on watching them you can easily block them, thus improving the loading time of all pages. There are a number of useful extensions and add-ons for Firefox, Opera and mostly every browser out there. Some ad blockers are free and you simply download them, some require a monthly subscription and others are free open source so look them up and install them to your browser. You’ll see the difference right away.
5. Router Frequency Conflicts
Lastly, keep in mind that wireless routers come in four different varieties when it comes to their operational frequencies – the 802.11 b, g and n are using protocols which work within the 2.4 GHz range and the 802.11 a protocol works on the 5.8 GHz frequency. Sometimes the frequency your router uses could be conflicting with a cordless phone or another wireless device working in the same range. If this is the case, this interference could significantly alter the quality of the connection. There are ways to change the frequency by changing the router’s channel. Luckily most modern routers allow you to operate on several different frequencies in case of conflicts.
Guest post author: Greg is an expert in the field of technology and home organizing. You can read more at : http://www.manandvan.org/.
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