Are you unhappy with your internet connection and notice that the problems occur on a laptop rather than other devices? If so, there are multiple methods that could solve the issue. Let’s take a look at how you can improve your internet connection.
Get in Touch With ISP
Getting in touch with your internet provider should be the first thing to do. ISP controls the situation, and they will see potential causes on their end. If things are okay on their end, they could send a technician who can fix the problem. You may be reluctant to have a stranger at your home because of the ongoing pandemic, but there might not be a better solution for the problem.
Restart the Router
Restarting the router is also a common solution to fixing a poor internet connection. In fact, it would probably be better to shut the router down and wait for a couple of minutes before turning it on.
Disconnecting and reconnecting to a network could help as well. Even if it takes a while to set up your internet network again, spend that time to start the connection from scratch.
Relocate Your Router
Your router may be in the wrong location. Ideally, there should be no obstacles that potentially block the Wi-Fi signal. For example, some people put their routers in closets without realizing how bad of an idea that is.
If there are no open spaces or flat surfaces where you can keep the router, you will have to get a bit creative. Mounting a router on the wall and having it as close to your laptop and other devices will make a significant difference.
It is also worth mentioning that if you rely on a wireless internet connection, keep in mind that microwave ovens, wireless printers, and other similar devices could be jamming the Wi-Fi signal.
Invest in an Ethernet Cable
Using an ethernet cable can be quite inconvenient as you are limited with where you can use your laptop. After all, one of the biggest advantages of a laptop is that you can sit on a couch away from everyone and still use the computer.
Nevertheless, if having a reliable internet connection is a priority, you should invest in an ethernet cable and connect it to your laptop.
Also, do not neglect to take proper care of the cabling. Otherwise, you may suffer from similar and other issues related to your internet connection.
Upgrade the Router
There are various kinds of routers in terms of price and functionality. Of course, a lot depends on where you live. For example, those who live in a large house would be better off getting a router that pairs with “repeaters” and can broadcast the signal even to the furthest reaches of their house.
Meanwhile, if you live in a small apartment, a less powerful internet router should do the trick just fine. Upgrading to a better device is the important thing.
Setting up a router is not that difficult. In case you run into problems, there should be a manual that comes with the router.
As for the price, it depends on your budget. A decent router costs about 100 dollars, though you can also get one for a couple of hundred bucks so long as your budget allows it.
Buy a Wi-Fi Extender
A Wi-Fi extender is an accessory that does exactly what its name suggests. If you do not wish to bother with a new router and all the cabling work, invest in a Wi-Fi extender.
You can plug these devices into a wall socket or find another available location at your home. After extending a Wi-Fi signal, there should be few or no dead internet zones in your home.
Since extenders are relatively cheap, they are worth the money. Once you set it up, you will notice that the internet connection improves regardless of where you are at home using your laptop.
Check Your Laptop
The problem may lie in the computer rather than the internet connection itself. For example, there might be malware or viruses slowing the laptop.
The lack of drive space could also be one of the causes. If so, you will need to remove redundant files, like app cache, extensions, plugins. Transferring files to an external HDD or cloud storage works as well.
Lastly, make sure that your operating system is up to date, especially if you have a MacBook. Missing OS updates are a hindrance to the overall laptop performance, and they might influence the internet connection more than you expect.
Change the Internet Browser
The last bit of advice is to tinker with your internet browser. You may switch to a different browser or, at the very least, clean the cache data of your current browser and remove unnecessary extensions and add-ons that have been slowing down the browser.
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