Slow Wi-Fi can be annoying, especially if you are studying or working from home. Whether you need to upload work-related files to the cloud, or need to stream your favorite shows on Netflix, slow Internet speeds will ruin your day. Fortunately, slow Wi-Fi is a problem you can solve. In most cases, the problem of slow Wi-Fi can be solved in a few simple steps. Please follow this guide because we have listed some ways to solve Wi-Fi connection issues.
Slow Wi-Fi: How to fix
There are many factors at play that may cause Wi-Fi to slow down. These are some methods you can use to identify and fix Wi-Fi connection problems.
1. Is your internet speed slow?
Before you come to a conclusion that you are struggling with slow Internet speed, make sure that the advertising speed of your Internet plan matches the Internet speed you get. To do this, visit any website that can measure Internet speed, such as speedtest.net or fast.com. If the speed result matches the advertising speed provided by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), we will say that your connection is absolutely normal, and in order to speed it up, you can always choose an upgrade plan that provides a faster Internet speed.
2. Restart the Wi-Fi router to fix Wi-Fi issues
Sometimes, all you need to do on the Wi-Fi router is to restart quickly to solve the Wi-Fi connection problem. Just turn off your Wi-Fi router, then turn it on after a few seconds, and check if your internet speed is still slow. If this does not solve the Wi-Fi problem, try restarting the computer, phone or other device. Sometimes, the reason for the slow Internet speed may be just one of your devices, not the Internet connection.
3. Placing a Wi-Fi router may fix slow Wi-Fi
Despite having a high-speed Internet connection and a good enough Wi-Fi router, are you still facing the problem of slowing Internet speed? The problem may lie in the location of the router. It is always recommended to place the router in a higher position, such as above the closet. In addition, you can always place the Wi-Fi router in different locations in your house or workplace to see which area gets the best signal strength before determining the final location. Please note that usually Wi-Fi signals can pass through walls and other objects, but in some cases, thicker walls or certain metals do obstruct the signal. In this case, it is always recommended that you place the router away from the microwave or refrigerator, and as mentioned above, place the router at a certain height and optimal location.
4. Adjust the antenna of the router
Place the antenna vertically on the Wi-Fi router to redirect the Wi-Fi signal to a single direction. Therefore, you must always point the antenna in different directions. For example, many Wi-Fi routers have two or three antennas. In this case, make sure to point the antenna in the vertical and horizontal directions so that the Wi-Fi signal can cover a larger area.
5. Use strong Wi-Fi security standards
If your Wi-Fi security is not strong enough, it is easy to gain password access. Our neighbors may be stealing your Wi-Fi connection, which may be why your Wi-Fi is slow. Therefore, it is always recommended to use the WPA2 security protocol on the router. You can change this setting through the router’s settings. To set a WPA2 password, please access the Wi-Fi settings by entering the IP address of the router in any browser on your phone or computer. You can find the IP address of the router on the back of the router, or you can find it by accessing the Wi-Fi network settings on your phone or computer.
6. Single connection, multiple users
You may have a high-speed Internet connection shared by multiple users in your house or workplace, and when multiple people use a Wi-Fi router without reducing Internet speed, your available bandwidth will indeed be compromised. This means you may be downloading files from the cloud, your child may be downloading the latest game from the PlayStation network, and your partner may be streaming their favorite movies or TV shows. In this case, because each device occupies a lot of available bandwidth, everyone may face the problem of slow Wi-Fi.
In this case, you can try to reduce the load on your Internet connection by pausing any streaming or downloading. This may increase the Wi-Fi speed of others. The technology supported by modern routers ensures that the bandwidth between all devices is equal, and even if one of the routers is used, problems are encountered. The bottleneck may be Internet speed.
7. Use QoS to fix slow Wi-Fi
One of the best tools that is often overlooked is QoS or Quality of Service, which basically divides the available bandwidth on the Wi-Fi network between applications. With the best settings, you can watch wild animal videos on YouTube in 4K resolution without any lag, while ensuring that you can download the latest games on Steam. With QoS, you can decide which services to prioritize on the Wi-Fi network and divide the bandwidth accordingly. Please note that there are many ways to access router QoS settings, which means that the way to access QoS on Netgear routers will be different from TP-Link routers. To check the router’s QoS settings, enter the router’s IP address in the browser and look for the “QoS” tab to access the settings.
8. Update the router’s firmware to fix Wi-Fi connection issues
Software updates for routers are very important because they can improve their stability, performance and security. Currently, most routers available have an automatic update function, but if you are using an old router, you may have to install software updates manually. Different routers have different software update methods. To learn more, enter the router’s IP address in any browser on your phone or computer to access the router’s Wi-Fi settings.
9. Change the DNS server
Every ISP uses DNS (Domain Name System) regardless of its Internet plan, which basically helps to convert the IP address of the server into a domain name, such as youtube.com or facebook.com. Usually, the default DNS servers provided by ISPs are slow and unreliable, which is why simply changing the DNS server can give you a sigh of relief and get the much-needed benefits in internet speed and performance. To learn how to change DNS, you can check the guide on how to change DNS on iOS or computer. For those using Android, go to the Wi-Fi settings on your phone and look for the “Private DNS” option. By default, it is turned off on most Android phones, but you can choose to set it to “Automatic” or even manually set it by clicking the “Private DNS Provider” host name.
10. Use Wi-Fi Analyzer
The Wi-Fi Analyzer application can be an effective tool to determine the best channel with the most crowded and least interference. Two main frequency bands are used in Wi-Fi communication-2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 5GHz band is less crowded, but has a smaller range, so keep this in mind when analyzing the results of these tools. These frequency bands are further divided into multiple channels. This is the function of the Wi-Fi analyzer to help you find out which Wi-Fi networks are broadcasting on the same channel, so you can choose another. There are various free and paid Wi-Fi analyzer applications on the Internet that can help you solve such problems. You can check some popular Wi-Fi analyzer options for phones and computers, such as NetSpot, InSSIDer, NetX, and Network Performance Monitor.
11. Change your Wi-Fi channel
If you find the IP address of the router and use it to access Wi-Fi settings in any browser, you will encounter various channels under the wireless settings. There are 14 channels in total, and the first thing you need to know is the Wi-Fi channel that is used most in your area. After confirming, you can always try to find and select non-overlapping channels that are far enough away from other channels. Most ISPs set the channel setting to automatic, but if your internet speed is slow, then we will say that you are looking for the clearest channel to get the best experience.
12.Reset the network settings of the device
If resetting the Wi-Fi router does not solve the problem, you may want to consider resetting the device’s network settings. By resetting the network settings of the device, you can basically set them to the default settings. From there, you can reconfigure Wi-Fi on all devices and check if doing so solves your problem. The steps are different for each device, and you must re-enter the Wi-Fi password to use the Internet. If you forget your Wi-Fi password, you can check our handy guide.
13.Buy a new Wi-Fi router
Obtaining a high-speed Internet plan does not solve the requirement to increase Internet speed. On the contrary, your Wi-Fi router can also play an important role. As you will see, you can get a high-speed internet plan, but if your Wi-Fi router is older or does not meet the new Wi-Fi standard, you cannot take full advantage of it. To solve this problem, try to get a new Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac (often called Wi-Fi 5) or at least 802.11n (also called Wi-Fi 4). However, if you are looking for a super fast Wi-Fi router, you can also buy a router that supports the latest 802.11ax standard (called Wi-Fi 6). Keep in mind though, because this technology is still under development, routers that support the Wi-Fi 6 standard are actually very expensive.
14. Complain to your ISP
If any of the above methods are not suitable for you, then you should probably contact your ISP and ask a professional to solve the problem. Sometimes, it is better to simply call and file a complaint instead of solving the problem yourself. If your ISP has a good record of customer service, you can solve the problem in the shortest time.
15. Change your ISP
If your current ISP cannot meet the needs of your area and you are still dealing with slow Internet speeds, then your last option is to find a better connection and make changes. In this case, it is best to do some research to find out which connection provides the best price/performance ratio in your area. You can also talk to your neighbors to see what kind of connection they are using and how to serve them.
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