Slow internet—how to speed things up by checking your cabling, modem or Wi-Fi

Slow internet—how to speed things up by checking your cabling, modem or Wi-Fi


Is your internet
crawling at a snail’s pace? The problem could be close to home. Things inside your home can affect the performance of your connection. Start by checking your cabling, modem and Wi-Fi. Some homes, particularly older ones, may have substandard cabling. It could be dodgy or poorly configured. If you think your cabling
might be at fault, a registered cabler will be able to tell you if this is the case. Or perhaps your modem’s the culprit. Different makes and models have different
features and capabilities. NBN connections using fibre to the node or fibre to the building require a VDSL2 modem. If in doubt, check with your telco or service provider if a particular modem has the features and capabilities that you need. If it’s not your cabling or modem, the problem could
be your Wi-Fi router – the component that pushes out
the Wi-Fi signal. Your Wi-Fi router might be a separate device or it could be built into the same box as your modem. The type of router you’re using, the frequency it’s on and how it’s set up can all affect how well the signal reaches your devices. These are just some of the things
you can check to ensure your internet connection
is working at its best. For more information, visit acma.gov.au/telcotips

Danny Hutson

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