High-speed internet is no longer considered a luxury, but is more a necessity nowadays, much like utilities such as gas and electricity. If you are lucky enough to live in a cable internet area or have high-speed fibre direct to your home performance can be consistent. However, if you have an ADSL, or Fibre to the cabinet type connection, the performance can vary considerably. Here are some ways that you can maximise the use of the capabilities of your internet connection.
A Stable Connection is Key
Often, the more stable a connection is, the more likely the broadband cabinet is to give you the full speed that your line is capable of. Did you that the cabinet or exchange software monitors your line continuously, and if there are a lot of errors or disconnections, it will slow the connection down to try to make the line more stable. therefore, it is important to only reboot or power your modem on and off when necessary. It is always important to leave the modem powered on where possible.
Filters & Cables
The filters and cables connected to your broadband modem can make a big difference on the quality of your internet connection. Especially if they are degraded, or there is a source of interference close to your home.
Filters – Sometimes the filter is overlooked over time when changing internet provider or upgrading the connection. It can often be worth upgrading to a new filter, or where possible an up-to-date BT faceplate which blocks out the most interference to your connection. Using a good filter can often make a little bit of difference to speed, but more benefit to the stability of your connection.
Cables – The cable between your telephone socket on the wall and the modem is a critical link that can have a lot of impact on the quality of connection to the modem itself. It is important to use a good quality cable that is as short as possible. Often people extend these cables to site the modem somewhere convenient, and out of the way. There is no loss that will affect the connection speed in the network cable on the network side of the modem. In an ideal scenario, the modem will be sited right next to the wall socket with a short cable, and then the network cable extended to reach any computers around the home. It is also possible to get high-quality cables to connect your modem to the wall socket, that uses twisted pairs. These can make a difference, especially on a marginal connection and are well worth trying. On an ADSL2 connection of under 8 mbit, a high-quality cable yielded around 0.25 mbit improvement for me and made the connection more stable at the higher speed.
The location of your router/modem can play a huge part in the performance of your connection; especially if your house is electrically noisy. To provide the best conditions for your router, it should be close to the telephone point (to allow for a shorter cable) and ideally plugged into the mains directly, rather than using an extension lead that is shared with other devices. It is also important to keep your router well ventilated to avoid it overheating.
Wires vs Wireless
An often-overlooked thing that can change how your broadband performs is how you connect to your router from each device. Wireless is great for convenience but is susceptible to degraded performance and latency. this could be because the signal strength is changing a lot, or it could be that devices are not capable of the maximum speed of your connection. If you use your device for gaming, such as a gaming console did you know that if you use a wired connection instead of wireless, that you will get a much better ping? This can also improve other activities, such as streaming music and video.
I hope these tips are helpful in how to make the most of your broadband connection, however fast it is.