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How to improve your internet speed

15th August 2023

These days our homes are filled with more internet-connected devices than ever before. From smart assistants like Amazon Alexa to gaming consoles and smartphones, everything relies on a fast and reliable internet connection. With multiple devices vying for bandwidth in your home, we know how frustrating a slow internet connection can be. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you improve your internet speed.

Why is my internet slow?

When you connect a device to your home broadband, it uses a proportion of the available bandwidth to work. For example, when you have an Amazon Echo Dot in your kitchen and ask it for a recipe, it will use a bit of that bandwidth to search the internet for the answer.

Your broadband will only have a set amount of bandwidth, commonly known as your download and upload speeds. The more devices you have and use, the less bandwidth there is to go around.

As you add more devices and conduct more online activities, the available bandwidth is spread thinner, resulting in a slower internet experience. If you and your family members frequently use multiple devices simultaneously, it might be time to consider upgrading to a better broadband package.

Top 5 ways to improve Internet speed

Use ethernet instead of Wi-Fi

While Wi-Fi offers convenience, it can also lead to weaker connections due to interference from walls and objects. For a faster and more reliable connection, consider using an ethernet cable to directly connect your devices to the router. This setup is particularly useful for devices like TVs, laptops, PCs, and gaming consoles.

Get closer to the router

If using Wi-Fi is your only option, remember that distance matters. The farther you are from the router, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal, resulting in slower download and upload speeds and increased loading times. To optimise your Wi-Fi connection, try to stay as close to the router as possible.

For the best results, try placing your router in the middle of the property. This will help you spread the best Wi-Fi signal in every room of your home.

Try a wireless booster

If certain areas of your home suffer from poor Wi-Fi coverage (Wi-Fi blackspots), consider using a wireless booster. These devices help extend the Wi-Fi range, ensuring better connectivity in those hard-to-reach spots. Keep in mind that wireless boosters don’t increase the actual internet speed but can significantly improve Wi-Fi coverage.

Turn off devices you’re not using

Did you know? Leaving devices on standby or idle may still consume bandwidth. This can slow down your internet so you might want to make it a habit to turn them off when you’re not using them. You’ll not only save bandwidth but also reduces the risk of unnecessary mobile data consumption.

Upgrade your broadband package

At Giganet, we understand the importance of a perfect online experience. That’s why we offer a range of full fibre broadband packages tailored to meet various needs – providing greater bandwidth and reliability compared to traditional part fibre options like superfast or ultrafast.

Whether you’re a remote worker seeking a dependable connection for video conferencing, or an avid gamer craving top-notch performance and download speeds, we’ve got the perfect broadband package for you.

Don’t let slow internet and low bandwidth hold you back. Take the leap and upgrade to full fibre broadband today.