We all have struggled with slow broadband connection sometime, somewhere, and we still face this at times – even with so much advanced technology and faster internet connections than ever before. Sluggish internet speed can be an internal or minor issue too, as something as nominal as just not clearing the caches regularly. Caches affect the connection because it gives limited space in hard drive hence it causes dropped connection and slow internet speed. 

Keeping your Wi-Fi router or connected devices near home appliances can also be a potential reason affecting the overall internet speed. Unless you have a great connection like Spectrum Internet which seldom causes any hiccups while using their services, sluggish internet is not a new thing for any of us.

Here is a list of some essential hacks and tricks which all internet users must know if in case someone does not know them already. They will simply make the overall digital experience better. 

6 Tips to Enhance a Slow Broadband Connection

1. Check your Wi-Fi settings

By default, we habitually do not check our Wi-Fi settings unless any annoyance takes place, even then we often overlook to check our Wi-Fi settings. Therefore, before you do anything and notice your internet is not working as smooth as it used to, go to your Wi-Fi settings and make sure if everything is rightly put and there isn’t any restriction or condition which is affecting the performance. If you do not find any issue with that, take some expert help and then take the rest of the steps. 

2. Test your internet speed

All you have to do is Google “Speed Test” and it will give you zillions of results (ex: ) where you can check your internet speed right away. These are the online platforms where you can check your internet’s speed and compare it with the one that you have signed up for. If there is any discrepancy, talk to the customer support – their technical staff would happily fix this for you or would guide you if there is another issue. 

3. Update browsers

Most of the time, we do not realize that our browsers and apps are not regularly updated which is why it gets unresponsive making the online experience sluggish. Applications and software constantly notify about the latest updates, so we can just follow that and make our experience smoother. Therefore, it is highly recommended to update all the apps and software in your devices that are connected with the internet to avoid any restraints.

4. Reposition your router

We do not always realize that our router is misplaced and not catching enough signals hence delivering poor performance online. You might be struggling for a long time, not realizing that the solution is as simple as relocating or repositioning your internet router. In such scenarios, restarting your router, ensuring your wireless and buttons are functional and checking your hardware devices are also recommended. Also, there are places in our homes or offices which are fewer coverage areas. Relocating the computer system, Wi-Fi or router once in a while or if it is a wireless connection changing the location can give you better results.

5. Secure your network

Make sure your wireless connection is protected with a strong password. If not, you are not only leaving your network unsafe but all your sensitive and personal information can also be stolen. And possibly, if your Wi-Fi connection is open, chances are it is being used by anyone who got hold of it, hence, the sluggishness. Just by adding a strong password, you will restrict its usage as well as its availability to anyone which will drastically improve the internet speed and overall performance.  

6. Use less bandwidth

There are some apps and software on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops which are always running in the background as long as it connects to the internet and that slows down the overall internet speed. You might be thinking you have one opened tab but in the background, there can be multiple open windows. If you want to experience an enhanced speed keep checking by pressing CTRL+ALT+END to check the task manager; you will see everything running on your computer and from there you can end them.

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Zaeema Mushtaq is a passionate writer that often occupies herself with fantasy book and novels. She has a knack for analytical thinking and therefore possesses an arsenal of technical and academic writing skills. She also enjoys indulging herself in debating practices in the quest for knowledge. During her leisure time, she can be found at the café next door, with her favorite book in hand, and a cup of caramel latte at the table because that is what she defines as her “ecstatic spot”.