1. Find a Better Place for Your Router
Where you place your router is arguably the most important factor that determines your internet speed. The further away from your router you get, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal, so you should find a place from where your router can cover your whole house or apartment and not just a room or two. NetSpot’s survey mode can help you see which rooms are covered with a strong Wi-Fi signal and which are barely covered at all.
It’s also important to avoid placing your router close to sources of electromagnetic fields, such as the microwave or various Bluetooth devices. Microwave ovens operate at a frequency of 2.45 GHz, which puts them dangerously close to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band. If possible, put your router on a shelf, instead of just leaving it on the ground or hiding it behind furniture.
2. Kill All Bandwidth Hogs
Bandwidth hogs are applications that connect to the internet and take up all available bandwidth by downloading or uploading data. Some of the biggest culprits include file-syncing services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox, but BitTorrent clients, digital distribution platforms like Stream, and even some cloud-based anti-malware solutions are often to blame.
In most cases, you can limit how much bandwidth these applications are allowed to use. Of course, you can always simply kill them.
3. Troubleshoot Your Hardware
Have you tried turning your router off and on again? If not, you definitely should. You would be surprised by just how many problems with slow internet can be solved with the mighty power button. Of course, even the power button has its limits, which is when careful troubleshooting is in order. Most router manufacturers have troubleshooting guides on their websites, and that’s where you should start.
4. Try a Different DSN Server
A DNS server is a server that contains a database of public IP addresses and their associated hostnames. Its typically supplied by your internet service provider, which may use it to restrict access to certain websites. When a DNS server becomes overloaded, it takes ages for websites to load.
Fortunately, most routers let you switch to a different DNS, such as Google Public DNS, a free Domain Name System service offered to Internet users worldwide by Google, or OpenDNS, a service that extends the Domain Name System by adding features such as phishing protection and optional content filtering in addition to DNS lookup.