8 Reasons Your Wi-Fi is Slow: A blog about how to improve your wi-fi.**
1. You’re too far away from the Wi-Fi router. The further away you are, the weaker the signal and the slower your connection will be. The reason your Wi-Fi might be slow is that you’re using the wrong channel. There are 14 channels you can use and most routers use these channels by default: 1, 6 and 11. Your neighbors’ routers could also be using those same channels which may lead to interference and slower speeds.
2. You’re using an old router that doesn’t support 802.11n or 802.11ac (Wi-Fi standards). Your Wi-Fi connection relies on this standard for connecting to your devices. If your device doesn’t support it, you won’t be able to connect to your router via Wi-Fi. If all of your devices support 802.11n or 802.11ac then upgrading your router will make a big difference in terms of speed and reliability.
3. You don’t have enough bandwidth for all of the users on your network (i.e., too many people are trying to stream video at once). This is particularly common when people try to watch streaming video without
This is a blog about improving your internet connection, it will discuss the 8 common things that affect internet connection speed.
If your Wi-Fi is slow, a good place to start is by trying to measure the speed of your Wi-Fi network. To do this, you’ll need an app that can check the speed of your internet connection. Your best bet is to use an app like Speedtest (available for free on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play).
Once you have an app like Speedtest installed on one of your devices, you can run it to see how fast your internet is at any given moment. On average, when I run a speed test on my home Wi-Fi here in Brooklyn, I get about 5Mbps down and about 20Mbps up. That’s not great, but it turns out that most people are in the same boat as me: according to Ookla’s latest speed report, the average US mobile download speed is 20.72Mbps while average upload speed is 8.62Mbps. If you’re getting less than half those numbers, that could be why your Wi-Fi feels slow.
There are also a number of things that could be making your home internet connection look worse than it should be. Here are some of the most common reasons for slow Wi-Fi:
Wi-Fi tends to be slower than a wired Ethernet connection, but it’s still a great way to get online if you don’t have access to a cable. Sometimes, however, the Wi-Fi can be slow or just plain stops working.
If you’ve been having Wi-Fi issues and can’t figure out why, this is the guide for you. We’ll walk through eight potential causes of slow or no Wi-Fi and what you can do about them.
1. You’re too far away from your router
2. You have too many devices connected to your Wi-Fi
3. Another device is interfering with your Wi-Fi signal
4. Your internet plan isn’t fast enough for your needs
5. You have outdated equipment
6. Your ISP is throttling your bandwidth
7. Your router has been compromised by malware
8. There’s a problem with the settings on your router
If you are a member of a household with more than one person, chances are you have experienced frustration and irritation caused by a slow Internet connection. If you are the only one who uses your home Wi-Fi connection, you may have encountered some problems as well.
Slow Internet can be caused by many things in your network. It is important to understand what those things are to know where to start looking for solutions.
1.) Router Location: This may seem like a no-brainer but the location of your wireless router can greatly affect the strength and speed of your Wi-Fi connection.
2.) Too Many Devices: Because we live in an increasingly connected world (and because it is cheaper than ever to own multiple devices) most households have several different devices that connect to their home Wi-Fi network. The more devices you have on your home network, the slower your Wi-Fi will become.
3.) Bad Password: You would be surprised how many people still use a bad password for their routers. A bad password is one that does not contain at least 8 characters or does not contain any letters, numbers or special characters (e.g., “password” or “12345678”). While it might be easier to remember a simple password, it also makes
1. You’re on the wrong channel.
2. Your router is overheating.
3. You’re out of range.
4. Your devices are using up all your bandwidth.
5. Your devices aren’t 802.11ac compatible.
6. The router is outdated and can’t handle your internet speed.
7. Other electronic interference is slowing you down.
8. You’re in a crowded neighborhood with too many networks around you.
When you use Wi-Fi, you’re sharing the network with a lot of other people who are on the same network. Even if you’re not simultaneously streaming Netflix and downloading your entire library of iCloud photos to your laptop, there’s still a chance that someone else is.
And it’s not just people. If you live in an apartment, chances are your building has a bunch of smart devices connected to the internet too.
If you think someone might be leaching off your Wi-Fi, try turning it off and on again. This will kick everyone off and clear up bandwidth for you to use alone.
If none of these tips work, try using Wi-Fi Kill App or NetCut to see if anyone else is using your Wi-Fi without your knowledge.