Slow Internet connections happen for various reasons, even when you pay for up to a 50 Megabit connection. Because the Internet (and World Wide Web) is built on hundreds of different technologies trying to talk to each other, there are many places where data can be slowed down before it reaches your computer screen. Your ISP might be at fault, certainly, but there are many other factors to look at before assigning blame. Some of these slow points are within your control, and can be quickly fixed with a little do-it-yourself effort.
Common reasons why highspeed Internet connections perform more slowly than claimed:
- You might have spyware/malware infecting your machine, and secretly using your Internet bandwidth.
- Your computer may be very old. Older computers have a more difficult time rendering high definition video, large image files, and flash applications.
- Perhaps you have dishonest people leeching your wireless connection from across the alley. Securing your wireless network is the best way to prevent this from happening.
- You might have poor hardware connecting your machine to the wall. Routers and Switches are prone to failure, just like any other device.
- A download may be occurring in the background, and you are unaware of it as it leeches your bandwidth. Especially if you are file sharing. Also, maxing out your upload capacity will give similar results. Data backup applications are big culprits in this area.
- Your browser memory cache is so full, your browser has to slow down to allow for its limited hard drive space.
- Radio or microwave devices in your home might be degrading your Internet wireless signal. Also, distance and building materials can interfere with this as well. Wireless routes function best in an area where there is no other networks around.
- Maybe your modem-router is not configured correctly. Incorrect configurations can cause bottlenecks.
- The site you are attempting to visit might have a large number of people visiting it. Sites such as Netflix and Youtube might have millions of simultaneous users at once, which causes strain on their available bandwidth. They might not be able to provide you with a 7 megabit data stream.
- Network demand might be high. Peak times, such as the evenings after everyone has gotten off work and wants to watch a Netflix movie can result in reduced network performance. Though we do strive to make sure you get the speeds you are paying for, as with any ISP, you are paying for shared access of a dedicated connection. A true dedicated connection like a T1 line to your home costs about $500 for a 1.5 megabit connection! Remember, internet speeds are 'up to' what you are paying for, and are dependent upon available bandwidth.
These are just some of many possibilities. If you think that your Internet connection is slow, we recommend you follow a few of simple steps:
- Connect your PC directly up to the modem via an Ethernet Cable. This removes the potential of wiring failures, router malfunctions, and wireless connection discrepancies.
- Do a speed test on your computer: Speedtest.awinetworks.com