My WiFi Connection Is Slow

By Tiffany Garden

Many different factors affect the highest speeds you can achieve with a Wi-Fi connection. Some of these factors you can control, such as the type of wireless router you are using or the positioning of the router and your computer. However, other factors, such as wireless interference from nearby wireless networks and cable Internet congestion, are hard or impossible to control.

Step 1

Move your computer and wireless router in to straight line of sight of each other, if possible. A clear path between the computer and the wireless router limits the amount of signal interference from structures and furniture. You can also improve a wireless signal by decreasing the distance between the router and the computer.

Step 2

Update your network card drivers, wireless router firmware and operating systems. Keeping the most up-to-date drivers and software installed reduces conflicts and may allow you to get higher speeds.

Step 3

Check your local area for nearby wireless networks. If you are located in an area where many wireless networks are within range of your computer, such as an apartment building, the other networks can cause wireless interference. Most wireless routers have a configuration setting for changing the channel the wireless router uses. Change this channel to reduce interference.

Step 4

Move microwaves, cell phones, garage door openers and other wireless devices away from the router or the area between the router and your computer.

Step 5

Purchase a wireless router and wireless network card that supports the Wireless-N standard. Wireless-N is the fastest wireless standard.

Step 6

Upgrade your Internet package. Your speed bottleneck may be due to your Internet package. Your wireless network may support higher speeds, but you may be limited to a certain upload and download speed by your Internet Service Provider.