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Internet is Slow

Although in many cases, a slow Internet connection is caused by problems beyond your control, such as problems with the telephone line or your Internet service provider, there are still a number of things that you should try before phoning up technical support. There are many possible causes of slow Internet connections from issues with broadband router settings, problems with drivers, wireless interference or bandwidth being swallowed up by something else. Try the following to get your Internet connection back up to scratch.

1 - Check for Wireless Interference
There are many things which can interfere with a wireless Internet connection and cause it to become slow or unreliable. You should use a wired connection whenever there is one available, since a wired connection is invariably going to provide improved speed and reliability.
To get rid of wireless interference, ensure that there are no other wireless devices or other household appliances near the router. There's a wide variety of appliances which can cause interference. Also, place the router where there is minimal space between it and the computer. There should also be as few walls and other obstacles as possible in the way.

2 - Check Your Broadband Router Settings
The broadband router will need to be set up properly for your Internet service provider. Having the incorrect settings can cause problems with the speed of the service. You can access your broadband router settings via a web browser by typing in the local IP address. For details on this, you'll need to refer to the manual which came with your router. Ensure that you are using the correct settings as provided by the service provider. Many routers also provide a user-friendly setup wizard.

3 - Close Other Applications Using Bandwidth
One very common reason for a slow Internet connection is having something else taking up most of the available network. If someone else connected to your network is downloading something, for example, this can greatly decrease the speed at which you can access the Internet. Likewise, you should check your own computer for programs which are hogging bandwidth, such as peer-to-peer file sharing programs which are often running all the time by default. You should also disable any programs which are automatically downloading updates when you're trying to use the Internet. Take a look at which programs are designated to start when you log in to Windows. Type "msconfig" into the start menu search box and press Enter. Click the startup tab and deselect any Internet-related utilities such as peer-to-peer file sharing applications which constantly download and upload data. Your hard drive is failing frequently, or you see hard disk errors starting to occur in the Event Viewer, it's time to replace your hard disk as soon as possible, before it fails completely.


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