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3 Factors That Cause Your Broadband Service to Slow Down

June 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm


Perhaps the most frustrating part of any broadband packages are slow speed. You might have been troubled by a slow or breaking broadband connection, several times, and you might still be facing the problem. While the most natural response would be to switch to a faster alternative, the problem might not always be your service provider. Therefore, before you decide to change broadband service providers, make absolutely sure that you have cleared all obstacles on your side of the court. Here are three common factors that may cause a deceleration in download and upload speeds:

#1 Damaged Phone Line

A damaged phone line is one of the most common causes of a slowdown in broadband speed. Your phone line might get damaged with time— not damaged enough to cause a distortion in your phone calls—but enough to slow down the speed of your broadband as it contains a greater amount of data. Check your phone line for any visible damage; your service provider can help you with this. If only a part of the connecting line is damaged, the service provider can easily fix this damage, without having to change the entire line. A new line will ensure that data transmission is smooth and fast, and will considerably increase broadband download and upload speeds.

#2 Outdated Browser Settings

Another primary cause of slow broadband speed is an outdated browser. If your search engine settings are out-of-date, and you haven’t updated them recently, make sure you do so. An outdated browser might not support the latest broadband features that account to accelerating the broadband speed. Similarly, an outdated browser may cause a delay in buffering speed and a setback in download and upload speeds. If you want to take maximum advantage of the latest and fastest software that is available, make sure that you update your browser to the latest version. In addition, remember to subscribe yourself to automatic updates to ensure a fast working broadband connection in the future.

#3 The Use of Wi-Fi

Getting a Wi-Fi connection might seem very appealing, provided the ease and comfort a Wi-Fi connection offers. A Wi-Fi is handy, especially for laptops and smart mobile devices, and can be taken anywhere you go. However, a Wi-Fi might cause a significant slowdown in download and upload speeds of your broadband. This is because a Wi-Fi works by transmitting signals in the air, which is not as efficient as plugging an internet cable directly to your laptop. The aerial relaying of internet signals might affect the internet speed greatly—the further you are from the router, the lower the broadband speed gets.

In addition, multiple users, devices and workstations can be easily connected to a single Wi-Fi device, which may result in the entire signal strength being distributed among all devices, and each user getting a very minimal strength of broadband signals. In order to increase download and upload speeds of the broadband, you should switch to an internet, which has a direct connection to your computer.…