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How to Improve Your Optical Fibre Broadband Speeds

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Broadband internet is common in homes nowadays. With good speeds, reliability and decent prices, broadband is the internet of choice for most people. And if you're lucky enough, and you can afford it, you'll live in a location that can be connected to a high speed fibre optic broadband provider. Optical fibre broadband gets far faster speeds than regular ADSL broadband, meaning that you can download and upload faster, stream movies and TV programmes better and open web pages more quickly. However, as fast as they are, even optical fibre connections can suffer from slowing down. So if you're not getting the speeds on your optical fibre connection that you think you should be getting, here are some simple solutions that may get your speeds back up to where they should be...

  1. Clean Up Your Computer...

The most common thing that effects optical fibre connection speeds is nothing to do with the connection itself, and everything to do with your home computer. Having viruses, malware, spyware and other nasties can slow down your home computer. Having a cluttered computer and too many internet add-ons can slow down your internet connection too. Make sure that your computer is cleaned up and protected to get optimum speeds. And while you're at it, make sure that your wireless router is password protected. If it's not, others within range can log on and take advantage of your internet connection, and have the possibility of seeing your personal data.

  1. Reboot Everything...

All electronic equipment needs rebooting every now and again to prevent lagging, freezing and to let the equipment update itself. Many problems can be solved by simply turning off and then restarting your computer and modem. Most equipment will run diagnostic tests whilst rebooting, meaning that if there is a problem it will be recognised and possibly fixed during this process.

  1. Check the Wireless Router...

If you use a wireless router it's common that speeds over wireless are less than you would get from a direct connection. Try connecting your internet cable directly into your computer to see if speeds improve. If they improve dramatically, the fault lies in your router. You can try moving the router to an area that has better reception, upgrading your router, or simply getting one of a whole host of amplifying devices that will help your router get the signal to your computer better.

  1. Watch Your Downloads...

The internet has traffic, just like a road. And, again like a road, there are times when there is a rush hour. In the UK the rush hour is generally between six and eleven in the evening. Tasks performed during these times will probably be a little slower than at other times. And remember that there are some programmes that may always be downloading in the background of your computer. These are usually file sharing programmes or bittorrent programs, that may be using up your speed without you realising it. It's best to uninstall or disable these programmes if you're suffering from speed issues.



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