We all know the pain of “slow” internet: videos buffer, downloads take ages, and a single page can take forever to load. We wonder whether it’s our browser, our device, or the website we’re visiting.
It could be your Wi-Fi signal. Wireless networks are notorious for connection problems. Tap or click for ways to boost your Wi-Fi coverage for good, including changing the router’s channel, which hardly anyone does.
Speaking of, your router or modem also be the culprit. You may be tempted to unplug yours and plug it right back in, but that’s a mistake. Tap or click here for the way tech pros reboot their routers where patience can pay off in a more reliable signal.
Beyond that, how can you pinpoint the issue? Your first step is to check your connection speed. Afterward, compare the results of the test to the speed advertised by your internet provider.
Note: Before you test your internet speed, make sure no one in your home network is doing bandwidth-hogging tasks like downloading or sharing files, streaming videos, gaming, etc. You don’t want any activity skewing results.
Measuring internet speed
Internet speed typically is measured in “megabytes per second” or Mbps. Every provider promises different tiers of internet speed rates. In general, the pricier the plan, the faster your internet should be.
1-3 Mbps – Good enough for web surfing, email, social, casual online gaming (if you don’t