Blaming your ISP for your slow connection is the easy way out , but in most cases its something else , either someone in the house is using up all the bandwidth by downloading torrents or its windows downloading updates. We are going to break down what are some common issues and fixes for slow internet speeds.
Give that old router a good old hard reboot
Try rebooting your router by switching it on and off , check that your routers cabling is intact since bent cables can wreak havoc on your internet speed.
Test your speed
Use sites like Speedtest to check that you are getting what you pay for . For example if you are paying for 10mpbs / 2mbps and are getting lower than that its time to start looking into things .
Configure you WIFI
When every one sets up a wifi router the forget that it is prone to interference by other devices especially on the 2.4ghz range . What we can do is either change our signal to 5ghz which is much less prone to interference but less devices can use it or try changing the channel which our signal is broadcast . The best way to test which channels are used the most is by using android apps like WifiAnalyzer which can show you the most populated channels .
Enable QOS(Quality Of Service)
Some routers have QOS function which monitors network traffic and prioritizes it to services which require more bandwidth such us VOIP which uses the UDP protocol. UDP does not use a handshake protocol there for its prone to unreliability when not enough bandwidth is allocated which can cause jitters and pixelation .
Turn off unnecessary applications
Most off the time internet speeds suffer when the user has lots of applications running that use up bandwidth on the network for example you don’t have to have Steam , Skype and Origin running all the time if you are not going to play a game or call someone . These applications will check constantly for updates and will download them automatically causing network speed degradation.
Consider using Opera
Opera is a web browser with build in features to deal with slow internet connections by compressing web pages so less data in downloaded and web pages can be displayed faster . Its easy to set up with just a click of a button.
Call your ISP
If all else fails call your ISP and see if they can resolve the issue for you . Sometimes it might be that the area you live in is not well covered by your ISP or there is a malfunction with one of the ISP service lines , calling to confirm this is not a bad idea.