As home internet services progress and develop, the average internet user tends not to stay current on managing household WiFi and broadband. As a result, false myths about home internet abound. As people try to solve their problems and find solutions, they come up with answers that aren’t necessarily accurate. We’ll put some of these common myths to rest.
I Have Fast Internet – Why Is My Download Speed So Slow?
When it comes to your internet speed, there are several factors to take into consideration. The problem doesn’t always lie with your connection or service provider. While it’s true that different broadband providers offer different levels of service, these days, high-speed internet has become so widespread that reliability isn’t the issue it used to be. So if you’ve purchased a fast or superfast broadband package and still experience slow speeds, it could be due to one of the following factors:
- Too many devices connected to your network
- Browser settings are slowing down your connection
- Slow DNS server
- Settings on your VPN, if you use one
Before you contact your internet service provider (ISP) to report a problem, try troubleshooting one of the above issues first.
Other Common Myths
Blaming slow internet speed on your ISP is one of the most popular home WiFi myths out there. It’s not the only one, though. Here are five more home broadband myths that need busting:
- My router is underperforming so I need a signal booster
Some people think that wireless signal boosters, repeaters, or extenders can help slow WiFi provided from the ISP-issued router. While there’s something to be said for signal boosters, they’re not always the solution – especially if your current wireless connection isn’t cutting it. A booster might add to the problem since it creates its own wireless network. Instead of a harmonious WiFi network, you have several disjointed devices that compete with each other for bandwidth. So if you’re considering a booster or extender of some kind, consider your options carefully first.
- I should connect all my wireless devices over WiFi
Your smart TV, gaming console, or laptop might have wireless capability, but that doesn’t mean wireless is the best solution for these devices. The more devices you have connected to your wireless network, the more wireless bandwidth they’ll take up. If you have a device like a TV or gaming console that remains stationary most of the time, then wire it with a network cable directly to your router. Even if you have a laptop that you only use at your desk, you can wire it. Not only will it free up wireless bandwidth, it’ll also make your connection faster and more reliable on those devices.
- WiFi isn’t reliable
The idea that WiFi in general isn’t reliable is, surprisingly, still a pervasive myth. While WiFi service may have been spotty in its early days, now that’s simply not the case. Wireless internet is considered a basic public utility like water or electricity. If you have a poor WiFi connection, chances are you can make small adjustments to improve it. Repositioning your router or asking your ISP for an updated router if yours is old can make a huge difference.
- Switching to a new provider is a hassle
Many ISPs try to entice customers to switch broadband providers by offering discounts for signing up. Still, many people hesitate to change internet providers because they think switching is a hassle, or that they’ll lose internet access for a while. In truth, switching providers has become convenient, as your new ISP will often contact your old one to cancel the service for you. And the change doesn’t take as long as it used to. You won’t be without internet for days or weeks, you’ll only have downed service for a few minutes or an hour at most. Internet access is like a public utility, remember? ISPs don’t expect you to go that long without WiFi at home.
Home WiFi and Broadband Service
When it comes to home internet service, it pays to be informed about how it all works. If you don’t know the basics of how ISPs connect your home to the internet, then you could find yourself with slow internet for what seems like no reason. Always consider your options and try troubleshooting your connection before calling your ISP.
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