How to Stabilize Your Connection Speed

By James Wright

As technology improves, the Internet has become easier to access as more high-speed Internet providers extend their services. The connection speeds you experience vary according to your location and your provider, but faster speeds are becoming more available all the time. With the addition of wireless capabilities, it is even easier to access the Internet, but wireless connections may suffer from occasional reception and signal problems. There are many steps you can take to stabilize your connection and get the most out of your browsing experience.

Step 1

Examine the connections between your modem, wall and any connected computers. Over time cables may loosen and cause broken or intermittent signals. If you are using old cables, check to make sure that they are undamaged and secured correctly.

Step 2

Update your modem's firmware by accessing its control panel through a web browser. Firmware updates often eliminate bugs and correct other issues that may interfere with your connection. How you access your modem depends on the model, so check your modem's instruction manual to find out the specifics. If you cannot locate the option to check for updates, a technical support representative from your ISP may be able to assist you.

Step 3

Place your modem securely on an even, clear surface off the ground, such as a table or a desk. Position it away from any obstacles like furniture or other objects on the surface. This is especially helpful if you make frequent use of your modem's wireless connection, as it makes the signal reach a wider area.

Step 4

Purchase a wireless repeater. A wireless repeater can extend the range of your wireless signal by picking up a weak signal and boosting it farther. Position one between your modem and your wireless computer, especially if you are connecting over a long distance.

Step 5

Scan your computer for viruses and spyware. These can often affect your computer's ability to function normally, but they can also affect your Internet speed. You can download and use a free antivirus/antispyware program to scan your computer for any traces of these bugs and remove them from your system.

Step 6

Check to see what programs are currently using your bandwidth. If you have a firewall installed, you can usually check it to see what programs are permitted to use the Internet. They typically access the Internet in the background to check for updates (or download them), but if they are actively using your connection, they're taking bandwidth that you could be using. Close these programs or disable their Internet access until you are idle so you get to use as much bandwidth as possible.