How to Make Your DSL Connection Faster

By Krystle Vermes

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a type of service that uses a telephone line to provide an Internet connection. DSL is an upgrade from a dial-up connection, but although it can handle a hefty amount of bandwidth, it has nowhere near the capability of fiber optic services. For this reason, it's important that you take a few quick steps toward maximizing the potential of your DSL.

Step 1

Place your router on an elevated surface away if you have wireless computers using your DSL service throughout the house. Avoid hooking it up in a basement or den where it will be difficult for the router to reach other computers.

Step 2

Avoid having too many computers using large amounts of bandwidth at the same time. If there is more than one computer feeding from the DSL bandwidth, your connection is going to be slower. Keep in mind that any video gaming systems that are using the DSL connection will tremendously slow down your Internet speed as well.

Step 3

Reset your router if your connection seems choppy or slower than normal. Some routers have a reset button, but if yours doesn't, unplug the power cord from the router, then any cords connected to the LAN and WAN ports. Keep it all unplugged for at least a minute before reconnecting each cord.

Step 4

Test your DSL connection. Your provider should inform you of the speed your connection should be running at. If not, contact them for the information. There are sites such as SpeedTest.net (see Resources below) that will allow you to test your DSL speed for free. If the test results prove that your connection is running slower than it should be, ask your provider to send a representative out to take a look at your DSL box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call a professional from your service provider before dismantling the DSL box and doing wiring on your own.