7 Ways to Optimize Your Internet Service at Home

We get it. Sometimes you feel like you’re paying for premium internet speeds and getting dial-up results. When you’re trying to stream the big game, bake along with a cooking show or watch the season premiere of your favorite show, sluggish speeds are deadly.

Sometimes your difficulties have nothing to do with your internet service provider. It’s why we have a troubleshooting service available for all our Utah Broadband customers. So if you’re part of our internet family please give our customer service team a call. We’ll help you get set up for optimum service. If you’re not signed up with us yet, here are some easy tips to boost your speeds.

1. Check Your Equipment

You could have the best internet service available, but if your router is ancient it won’t be able to handle your plan. Sometimes a router’s software can be updated. Check with the company that makes your equipment and see if that’s a possibility. If not, now may be the best time to invest in newer equipment. Consider a router that automatically updates its software without any interference from you.

2. Reset That Router

It may seem a no-brainer, but we often forget that routers are computers. Restarting it from time to time is an excellent way to give your router a boost from a reset. Clearing out whatever glitchy thing is causing problems in its software can really up your internet speed. This may only be helpful when you’re actually experiencing sluggish speeds or other problems. The jury is still out on whether it helps or not to reboot it randomly. However, if you’re having to reset your router often, you may need to upgrade your equipment.

3. Reposition

Speaking of routers, you may need to move it to a better position. If you have it hidden away in a cupboard somewhere, the signal will have trouble reaching all your devices. It may not be pretty, but your router needs to be out and in a central location. 

If there are still corners of your house that just don’t get decent service, consider purchasing a Wi-Fi coverage extender. This is especially helpful if you have a basement, or other hard to reach areas or a larger home.

4. Block Ads

Maybe you’ve become used to ads popping up everywhere as you surf around online, but they can seriously slow down your internet connection. Install a pop-up blocker to stop those overly-cheerful videos from dragging down your speeds. 

5. Turn Off Devices

When you’re not using a device, turn it off. You may think having a couple of your electronics in sleep mode won’t make much difference, and you’re right. But they all add up. Multiple devices together can make a difference. You may not even be aware of what’s plugged in and what’s not. Write down a list of your devices and anything you’re not using.

6. Change the Channel

Routers tend to operate between the 2400 to 2500 Megahertz radio bands. Most routers will automatically pick an available channel, but may not pick up the most efficient one. There’s a good chance you’ll have a lot of routers sharing the same channel. Because your router uses Wi-Fi channels to communicate with your devices, and if people in your neighborhood have routers using the same Wi-Fi channel, then this can seriously slow you down. Try switching to a different channel. 

7. Change Your Password

This may seem hard to believe, but if you have an overly simple password, you might have a neighbor or two piggy-backing on your internet. Click here to check. If so, make sure your router has encrypted security and change your password. Once again, Utah Broadband neighbors–give us a call, and we’ll help you optimize your service. We’re here to help.

 

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