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6 Top Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Broadband and Save Money

Have you ever had that frustrating feeling when using a very unreliable broadband service? There is probably no worse feeling than slow internet speed on a day where a lot of work needs to be done. If you run a business online, a slow broadband service would affect your operations and cost you a lot of money. Furthermore, a slow internet service does not necessarily mean that your service provider charges you less, as there are many families still paying more for super slow broadband. If you are frustrated by your current internet speed, here are a few tips you can try to get the most out of your service.

1. Give your Wi-Fi strength signal a boost

If you use your Wi-Fi to connect to your broadband, you can use specific apps or websites to check and monitor the signal strength. If your app indicates that you have a weak signal, you can do a few things to boost the strength. Firstly, move the router from its current location, if possible. Take it away from any wall or electric appliance and move it to a more central location in your home. Secondly, if you have neighbours using channels close to yours, this can also cause some interruptions. You can change your Wi-Fi channels in the router settings. Finally, you can also use a signal booster for Wi-Fi to improve the reception in parts of your home or building with weak reception.

2. Check if anything is happening to your network

If you only experience connection challenges at certain times of the day, you might want to check if there is a particular cause. Start by identifying who is doing what on your service network, that is, if there is anyone at home or work who uses a large percentage of your bandwidth. To check this, log into your router using your secure login option. Next, look for the tabs ‘Connected Devices,’ ‘Network,’ or ‘Traffic.’ These are usually located on the systems menu. Once found, check for the connected devices and which of these devices are using the most bandwidth.

3. Non-use peak times - the night shift

Downloading large files such as full-length movies can cause your internet service to slow down considerably. Check your router for a network map feature, informing you of the number of devices connected to the router. The map should also tell you how much bandwidth each of the connected devices is using. You can use this map to ensure that every connected device gets its fair share of internet usage. For example, if you notice that someone is streaming a movie or downloading a large size during the day or at peak times, you can request that the person makes these downloads overnight instead.

4. Give your computer a "spring clean"

Sometimes, what may appear as a slow internet connection can be as a result of a slow-running device. A device may begin to perform at a slower rate when it is running out of memory space. Therefore, try deleting some old and rarely used applications and software. Uninstall programs you no longer need on your computer and ensure that your recycling bin is emptied. Disable any software which starts and runs in the background as soon as you power your device.

5. Ensure that you have a secure network

Network security is critical. If you have any reason to believe that you do not have a secure network (or if you are not sure that you do), here are some steps you can try. Access your router instructions manual- this may be a printed manual or behind your router. You can also lodge an inquiry to your service provider. Next, once you have the information, change the default login information to prevent unauthorised usage. When this is done, change your Wi-Fi password and the default Wi-Fi name. If the problem persists, go on to check your router firmware and ensure that it is updated.

6. Get the broadband speed you are paying for

Sometimes, the only reason you are receiving low broadband speed is that you are paying for slow service. If you still have not managed to boost your reception after going through all the steps we have covered, then the fault must be coming from your service provider. What you can do is to check your broadband deal or contract to see what speed you are supposed to be getting from your provider. Next, issue a broadband speed test to check the speed of your service. Do not expect to get the exact rate stated, but it should be close enough.