What can make my internet slow?
There’s nothing worse than having a slow internet connection when you need to work, research, download something, or even sit back and watch a movie. There are a number of factors that can have an impact on the speed of your internet. Here are a few of the main ones.
The type of connection you have
The type of connection you have can impact how fast your internet speeds will be. The NBN provides tiered options for customers, which means you can choose to pay more for faster speeds. Read this article to find out if the NBN is more expensive.
Dial up and DSL connections are capped or fixed, which means the speed cannot be increased.
Many internet service providers (ISP) are slack, and don’t inform their customers that they may experience slow internet speeds because of the distance of their premises from their server. The further away you are from your ISP, the longer it’ll take for the data to transfer from the internet to your computer. If you live in a rural or remote area, it is worth asking before you sign up with an ISP.
When there is a large amount of data being sent and requested over the internet, it is slowed down trying to transfer all the data. You’ve probably noticed that there are certain times when your internet is slower, like the hour or two after everyone gets home from work, and on a Weekend when everyone is streaming movies.
You can also experience congestion within your home network if several people are using the internet at the same time.
Bad Connections, Bad Wiring, or Bad Equipment
If you have equipment that is outdated or hasn’t been configured properly, your internet speed will be decreased dramatically and even stop altogether. This also goes for the wiring on the public network, so if you are at your wits end as to why your internet speed is abysmal, it could be worth having a technician check out your line.