A strong internet connection has become a commodity for most modern homes. While the area in which you live and the package you choose can have an impact on your ability to achieve a strong internet connection in your home, there’s also a great deal you can do to boost the signal.
Whether it’s your addiction to streaming American sports at strange hours of the night or your teenager’s demanding habit of uploading endless albums of photos onto Facebook, most of us have at least one reason to seek the best internet connection at home.
Here, we look at a few things you can do achieve this.
1. De-clutter your computer.
It doesn’t matter how quick your connection is if your computer is unable to keep up. While internet browsers aren’t particularly demanding in terms of computing power, working to remove any clutter from your computer can help ensure that you don’t encounter unnecessary delays. Consider removing any unused software from your hard-drive and moving some of your locally stored media to the Cloud. Running as few programs on your machine as possible will free up computing power (RAM) for the tasks that matter.
2. Ensure your whole home is connected.
In larger homes, it can sometimes be difficult to connect to your internet network in certain rooms. If this is the case, it’s easy enough to extend the signal and boost your connection. Using a BT Connected Home Wi-Fi Booster helps your wireless signal to reach new areas in your home so that everyone can take advantage of a strong connection. It could also be worth re-positioning your main router so that it is in a more prominent position.
3. Don’t be afraid to set limits.
The Internet is vast in both information and media, which means that sometimes it can be hard to strike a happy balance between work and play. A good connection isn’t only vital for entertainment – it is also essential to those who work from home, as this BBC piece points out.
No matter how strong your motivation, distractions can easily get in the way. When you need to concentrate on work, it can be worth setting up basic firewalls and using browser extensions to limit what you’re able to do on the web during this time. After all, getting the most from your internet connection isn’t only a matter of speed it’s also a matter of responsible use.
4. Change your browser.
A lot of people only ever use the default browser installed on their computer but by doing this you could be missing out on new online experiences. Certain browsers run faster than others (depending on the kind of computer you’re using) and if you have a preference for highly customizable software or open-source software then these needs may be better catered to elsewhere. Research different browsers and find the best for you to avoid being left in the dark.