Am I Getting The Right Speed On My Internet Connection?
We are all familiar with broadband internet these days as it provides the fastest speeds and reliable connectivity at home and office. But there is always one major woe most consumers have regarding broadband services is that the internet speeds are usually slower than promised and consumers are quick to blame the service provider for the lack of optimal quality of service. However there are a few things that you should be checking before approaching your respective service provider to lodge a complain against slow bandwidth and we will tell you how to figure out what the possible bottleneck could be.
First and most simple thing is to do an internet speed test online. For this you can visit www.speedtest.net and check your ping, upload and download speed. Make sure you do this more than once and in various time periods so you can be sure what are the average speeds you are getting during peak and off-peak times are satisfactory and near to what your internet service provider has promised you.
If all seems well then the next thing you should check is your monthly data limit if you are subscribed to a limited package. If you have exhausted your monthly limit before the month ends then it might be a reason why the service provider might have throttled your bandwidth. To counter this you can keep a check on your monthly data usage and get an extra data bundle against an additional charge in your monthly bill.
You should also consider changing your browser, most browsers are updated often to improve things under the hood but overall we find Google Chrome to be the fastest and most stable browser for your personal computers. Also do check that there are not any applications running in the background that are heavily sucking up your precious bandwidth such as torrent applications, Windows updates, Skype and other such applications. You should also check that no downloads are currently in progress as that can also hamper your browsing experience.
The next step is to check your hardware. You should see if your modem/router’s firmware is updated to the latest version and you should also check your modem’s parameters to see if the values are right. You can call the helpline for over-the-phone assistance for this step as you may not be familiar with all the technical terms and values. Also when it comes to wireless connectivity, coverage can be severely hampered by lack of signals. This applies equally to WiFi as well as WiMAX signals as they are cut down by thick walls and other kinds of obstructions hence you should check if you are getting proper reception both on your modem itself and your personal computer/handheld device that is currently in usage. If this is not the case then you should move into a zone that has a stronger WiFi signal and/or move your WiMAX modem to a location that gets better reception. In cases of severe lack of reception such as inside appartments, it’s best to get a High-Gain antenna as that boosts the reception and can be installed outdoors as well as it’s usually weatherproof. When it comes to wired connections, Fiber optic can be a much better alternative to DSL however switching to it isn’t easy and costs quite a bit more on the initial installation costs and the monthly bill as well. When dealing with WiFi, also make sure there are no needy neighbours using your WiFi and secure your Wi-Fi router with a strong network security key.We would also mention that a wired network is almost always better than a wireless one in terms of bandwidth but it comes with the hassle of having to deal with wires which is why people often switch to the convenience of using wireless connectivity.
So we have listed all the above ways that can help you improve your broadband connection’s speed and you should try these solutions before coming to any conclusions. If all these workouts still fail to help you achieve better quality of service then you should definitely call up your broadband provider and have a talk with them to fix the lack of speed on your connection. If things still don’t take a turn for the better then it’s best to switch to a better and faster connection. For this purpose we have listed all sorts of wired and wireless packages from majority of broadband providers in Pakistan which you can check and order right away from www.smartchoice.pk