A slow internet connection can be frustrating, especially if you work from home and are in the middle of an important meeting. Or you're trying to unwind from the day by streaming the latest episode of your favorite show.
Before you take your frustrations out on your router, there are many reasons for a slow internet connection. Some causes can be the type of internet, computer troubles, and outside factors unrelated to technology.
Let's start with the type of internet connection. The most common internet connections are fibre, cable, DSL, and satellite.
Most internet providers now use fibre internet as it is capable of transmitting information quicker when compared to the other types of internet, as it uses fibre-optic technology.
Cable internet uses the same technology as your tv and is available from your tv provider.
DSL (digital subscriber line) is similar to cable internet instead of a t.v line. DSL uses a phone line. Both types of internet have the same connection speeds.
Satellite internet works the same as satellite tv as it uses a dish and a receiver. Connections can be slow, and this internet connection is not standard in larger urban areas.
So, if you're looking for a faster and more reliable internet connection, fibre is the better way to go. If available in your area.
Another internet-related issue could be your router. An out-of-date router can cause your internet connection to slow down.
Your download and upload speeds provided by your internet company can also have a say in the speed of your internet. The higher the download speed, the better connection you'll have.
The highest internet speed is measured in gigabytes per second. Your internet provider should be able to tell you how bytes you need.
Although many computers use Wi-Fi to connect to the internet, you can use a wired connection for better speeds and reliability.
Your computer can also affect the internet connection. Any viruses, malware, programs, and add-ons can cause the internet to slow down. It's beneficial to use an anti-virus program while streaming the internet. You should also clear your browser history regularly.
Sometimes it's neither your computer nor the internet. Often it can be the website or program you're using. If the website has too many visitors, it can slow the connection down.
Weather can also play a factor on the internet. If there is a storm or high winds, the internet lines will be affected.
If you have trouble with your internet and need some assistance with that or any computer issues, The Computer Geek is here for you. We specialize in websites and computers. Visit our website for more information on our services or call us at (905)426-1784.
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