10 Tips to Increase Bandwidth

What exactly is bandwidth?

Before we get into the meat and potatoes, let's eat our vegetables. By that, I mean let's understand what bandwidth actually is. Most people confuse bandwidth with the speed of their Internet, but bandwidth is more so the capacity for that speed to be processed. Imagine a pipe with water running through it. The water in the pipe would be the speed of the Internet and the diameter of the pipe would be the bandwidth. Now for the meat and potatoes.

What can I do to increase bandwidth?

1. Scan for viruses

Rule #1 of the Internet is do not get a virus. Why? Not only can personal information get leaked, but also your bandwidth could be compromised.
Scan your device regularly and this should help contain the threat of viruses.

2. Reboot your router

This seems like a pretty simple idea, and that is the point. Most times your bandwidth problem can be fixed by turning off the router and turning it back on again. Your router can become overworked and your bandwidth could suffer so be sure to reboot your router regularly.

3. Update your devices

If you have older technology (laptops, computer, etc.), you will more than likely have slow Internet speeds because those devices are out of date. Make sure that they are as up-to-date as possible so that your bandwidth and your Internet speed will not be hindered.

4. Change your browser

Just like how all of your devices should be updated, you should make sure that the the browser that you use is also up-to-date. Browsers have regular updates and it is important to make sure you have the best version of the browser. If the problem persists after that, then maybe it's time to break up with your browser.

5. Update the firmware on your router

Just like your computer or your phone, your router needs to be updated too.
Reach out your ISP (Internet service provider) to find the best way to keep your router updated.

6. Contact your ISP because they may be throttling your bandwidth

Bandwidth throttling. Those words just don't roll off the tongue quite right.
Bandwidth throttling is where your ISP purposely slows down your bandwidth during the busiest hours of the day. They do it to "manage network congestion," but it can still be frustrating. Unfortunately, the only weapon to use against bandwidth throttling is a better bandwidth package. It stinks to have to pay more, but sacrifices have to be made if you want to watch Netflix with no buffering.

7. Relocate your router

If you have kept your router in the same place for an extended period of time, then there is a good chance it is surrounded by items that could mess with your Wi-Fi. Any wireless device near your router can mess with your connection and doors and walls can also hinder your connection. Your router should be in an open space, free from obstructions.

8. Get a dual-bandwidth router

A dual bandwidth router allows you to operate on two different frequencies so if one frequency is overcrowded with traffic you can use the other one.
A dual bandwidth router lets you use two frequencies -- 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz.
Some dual bandwidth routers let you operate on both frequencies at the same time, or even switch between frequencies depending on which one is less jammed.

9. Wire your connection

Buy an Ethernet cable and attach it to whatever device you want to speed up. Using an Ethernet cable is a sure-fire way to increase your speed.
If you use an Ethernet cable and it does not increase your speed, then there is something wrong with your ISP and you should contact them.

10. Use a VPN

A VPN, a virtual private network, is the perfect way to secure your online information and to protect your bandwidth. You can completely prevent bandwidth throttling because your ISP will not be able to recognize you, so you can enjoy your Netflix binge without interruption.

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