Trust But Verify With A Broadband Speed Check
It can be an exciting time when you decide to make the investment in a high speed Internet provider. You did the research and you finally decided to make the call. Now you get to download all your favorite YouTube videos at lightening-like speeds. However, what happens when your Internet connection is not operating as fast as you thought it would? It may be time to do a broadband speed check.
There are several websites that offer broadband speed checks. You can find one with a quick search on the Internet. The speed test will help you find the true download and upload speeds of your Internet connection. You will also need to check with your broadband Internet provider to determine what kind of speed you are supposed to be getting with your connection. If the results of a broadband speed check show that you are not getting the right speeds, then it is time to determine the reason for the slower performance.
One reason that your high speed Internet connection may not exactly be zipping along is that you have too much stuff on your computer. Downloading too many files or applications onto your computer can slow down how you access broadband Internet services. It is a good idea to discuss the limits of your computer with other family members or employees that are using it so that there are no surprise downloads.
In addition to performing a broadband speed check, it is also important to do an occasional sweep of your computer. Many unnecessary files are picked up by your computer while visiting various websites. There are several software programs available that help you uncover these files and potential viruses. It is often shocking to see the amount of trash that your computer has gathered in a short amount of time.
Another reason that your Internet connection may be running a little slow is because other applications are running in the background. Make sure things like video players are shut off when you are trying to maximize your web surfing speed. It is not helpful to have your favorite sitcom playing in the background when you are trying to do a web search.
Incorrect setup can also lead to slow Internet connection speeds. Cable, DSL, satellite, wireless, and business Internet services all need to be set up in specific ways. For example, for those people that use a wireless router, it is important that the connection is password protected. If it is not protected, then others can use the same connection and slow it down. A satellite Internet provider's connection can also be slowed if the dish is in the wrong position and obstructed from getting clear service.
Internet connection speeds can also vary depending on the time of day. The evening tends to be a busy time for Internet usage because many people are home and doing lots of downloading and uploading on their computers.
If you feel like your Internet connection is slower than you had imagined, then it is recommended to do a broadband speed check sooner rather than later. You are paying for a specific speed so why not find out if you are getting your money's worth? The only thing that may be truly moving fast is the money out of your bank account.
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