Slow Wi-Fi speed during lockdown; Here is how you can fix your Internet speed

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Slow Internet speeds on your WiFi? Troubleshoot your Wi-Fi speed with this fix!

With the world in a total lockdown, the Internet has become one of main gateways to the outside world. Surfing, watching movies and serials or video calls with your near and dear ones or office – Wi-Fi has become the central theme during these depressing times. Due to the direct impact of coronavirus pandemic, internet speeds have decreased across the world.  As more users log on to the Internet for work, for educational purposes, for entertainment, internet speeds are definitely impacted. You must have heard that your ISP was dialing down the video quality of videos from 1080p to 480p for default streaming in apps and games.

Ookla’s latest numbers indicate that the download speed on fixed broadband sharply fallen for the month of March, compared to February. This does not mean that you should get the Internet at a slow speed. There are several factors responsible for slow Wi-Fi speeds.  Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure your connectivity remains stable.

Switch your VPN of when not needed

You need to use the VPN to access banned websites but keeping it on the whole time can slow your Internet speed. When you use a VPN, the pages load through the VPN gateway causing a delay in opening the webpages or buffering of your video. Use VPN only when you want to access restricted websites.

In offices too, most of us are required to use some form of VPN in order to access official documents, apps, services, content management systems (CMS), etc. These often cause a delay in loading websites and videos. My personal Wi-Fi connection is of 25 Mbps but if I use a VPN, it slows down to 3 Mbps. When VPN was turned off, the speeds jumped back to 16 Mbps plus.

Log into the VPN when needed for work or to access restricted websites.

Reset your Wi-Fi router

Your router has a cache of temporary files just like your PC/laptop. These could slow the Wi-Fi speed over time. Also, it is a good idea to reset the Wi-Fi router from time to time. Turn off the router for 30 seconds or more and then restart it. Usually, this will fix any speed issues. If the issues continue, then contact your service provider.

Wi-Fi Location

The location of your WiFi router matters the most. A Wi-Fi wave travels in straight lines. If possible ensure you are working in the same room where the router is placed and it is placed at a height for an optimal signal and minimal interference. Remember, the more number of walls in between your Wi-Fi router and you, the less the Wi-Fi speed. Wi-Fi speed is also affected by interference from microwaves, cordless phones, smart TV, even the neighbour’s WiFi. So don’t keep your Wi-Fi router above your Smart TV, microwave oven or near your telephone line.

These days most broadband players provide Wi-Fi routers with dual-band frequency: there’s the standard 2.4Ghz band and the higher 5Ghz band. The latter has higher speeds, but is also more susceptible to obstruction and works better at a closer range. The 2.4Ghz band has a better range. So when connecting to your WiFi, check which band you are on. If the router is another room, the 5Ghz band might not be so efficient.

Keep a lookout for WiFi dead spots in your house. These spots will not get any Wi-Fi speed unless you are are using a Wi-Fi booster.

Switch to LAN

If Wi-Fi has become unreliable in your house and there are just too many people using it, then it might be a good idea to switch to a wired connection. If your laptop has an Ethernet port, it might be time to find a cable and use this to connect to the internet. Wired connections are generally more stable and faster.

Make sure you have not run out of data

One of the basic problems with slow speeds could be unpaid monthly bills or you may run out of the monthly data quota. Most ISPs cap the Internet speed once you have exhausted your quota of certain GBs. Be sure to check your monthly plan and order a top-up online to avoid being throttled for speed.

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