This is how you can overcome slow internet speed

20 May, 2022
Share with a friend

This is how you can overcome slow internet speed

Slow internet speeds can be caused by a number of things, including your router being outdated or too far from your TV or computer For example, these fixes might be as easy as restarting your modem and router or upgrading to a mesh network.

 Here's how to find out why:


First, troubleshoot a slow internet connection

If your Wi-Fi is slow and you think your service provider is throttling your connection, it's important to go through the troubleshooting list, including Check that your router is centrally located in your home, reposition its antennas, and check back From network security etc. If you'd like to read more ways to improve your Wi-Fi, check out our suggestions. If you've turned on the laundry list and your Wi-Fi is still rocking, move on to the next step.


Test your internet speed


Once you're sure there are no simple explanations for your Wi-Fi problems, you can get a more in-depth measurement of your internet health in a variety of ways. I would suggest starting with a simple test through M-Lab. This will check your connection speed, and measure whether your ISP is providing consistent performance regardless of the content you access. This measurement isn't perfect, but it's a good starting point.


Find a reliable VPN If you've done a basic initial test on the internet, and you still think something might be weird with your ISP, start looking for VPNs. There are dozens of reasons to get a VPN, and many factors to consider while searching for the best VPN such as security, price, and server locations.


Compare your speed with VPN

Test your internet speed in an app like Fast or Speedtest and compare the results with the same test when your VPN is active.

Using any VPN should greatly reduce your speed, so speed tests should show a contradiction, with an active VPN speed being significantly slower than an inactive VPN. But the VPN also hides the IP address that service providers use to identify you, so if your speed test with a VPN is faster than without a VPN, it could mean that your ISP is targeting your IP address to throttle.


Fix your internet


If you discover that your service provider is throttling your internet, there may not be much you can actually do. Many people in the US live in areas that have ISP monopolies for example, so you may not be able to find a better provider.


But here are some helpful responses:

If you have options, use the best provider in your area.

Use your own VPN to maintain more consistent speeds. A VPN cannot solve the problem of bad connection or other reasons behind your slow service, but it can relieve throttling from ISPs.

Call your service provider and threaten to switch providers if they don't stop throttling the internet. This may sound old-fashioned, and lasting results cannot be guaranteed, but providers responded positively to such tactics when I used them.


Share with a friend