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7 Hacks To Turbo-Charge Your Internet

7 Hacks To Turbo-Charge Your Internet

Your computer’s performance is a critical part of your personal performance. Nothing can be more frustrating than a slow computer, especially if you’re in the middle of working on something urgent. When pages load slowly and programs freeze mid-save, you’ll probably feel the urge to abandon your task.

Don’t give up so easily. There are several steps you can take to boost your computer’s performance, and your internet in particular. Doing a few or all of these tasks will definitely give your computer a good boost in performance and speed.

1. Position your router in the optimal location

Depending on the size of your home, the location of your router is a critical factor in where all you have internet access. If you have a large home, positioning the router in the center of the house will allow the signal to reach more areas of your house than keeping it in a corner bedroom.

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You may have to prioritize one side of the house over another, depending on your home’s architecture. Choose the side where you will be working on a computer most often. Make your your router is positioned at a decent height, not low to the ground. Keep it away from microwaves, as they can interfere with the Wi-Fi signals, along with baby monitors and cordless phones. An antenna pointed upwards will have better horizontal reach, and an antenna pointed sideways will have better vertical reach.

2. Find the right Wi-Fi channel.

Wi-Fi networks use channels along a 2.4 GHz range, totalling 14 channels. Each channel is 5 MHz apart with the exception of channel 14, which is slightly farther. When channels overlap each other, they can cause interference which negatively affects the performance of your Wi-Fi. Channels 1, 6 and 11 are ideal to use because they do not overlap each other and have minimal interference. Aside from simply using these suggested channels, you can identify which channels are best for your house by using many free programs or apps.

If you have an Android phone, the Wifi Analyzer App can identify the best channel for your Wi-Fi. Macs can use a program called Wireless Diagnostics, a built-in feature, to identify the least congested channels. Windows users can use programs such as inSSIDer, Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector or WifiInfoView to identify the best channel for your internet connection.

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3. Update your router.

Not all Wi-Fi devices are alike. If you have a 2.4 GHz router, any 802.11b devices connected to it will slow down all devices connected to the internet. This can be frustrating and slow down your speed immensely, especially if you are using a VPN to change your location. Rather than attempting to identify all such offending 802.11b devices, consider switching to a 5 GHz device.

5 GHz Wi-Fi routers have a wider range of devices they can connect to, including any devices that would have connected to a 2.4 GHz router. Further, they aren’t negatively affected by 802.11b devices the way older routers are, making them a stronger choice all around.

4. Use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi

Although Wi-Fi is important in a modern workspace, nothing will give you a faster internet performance than plugging your computer directly into your router. Ethernet saves you from interference issues, location issues, and also keeps you more secure. When you’re plugged into your router, hackers cannot use Wi-Fi to get access to your computer; they will have to plug directly into your device.

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Make sure you have a Cat-6 cord or newer for maximum performance, as older cords are more limited. The only reason to use Wi-Fi over an ethernet connection is convenience. In every other way, an ethernet connection will get you better performance and better internet speeds for your device. Obviously, smart phones and tablets must remain connected to the Wi-Fi, but a desktop or laptop that does minimal traveling will benefit from an ethernet cord plugged into the router.

5. Clear your browser’s cache

Sometimes it’s the software, not hardware, that is negatively affecting your internet performance. If you haven’t cleared your internet browser’s cache history anytime recently, it could be bogging down your browser’s performance and slowing down your internet.

Depending the browser used, you should be able to find clear guides on how to clear your data. Clearing cache, browsing history and cookies should do the trick; you don’t have to delete all your saved passwords every time your internet is getting slow.

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6. Organize start-up programs and manage your files and folders

After a few years of continuous use, you may find that your computer has accumulated a lot of junk content. This can negatively affect the performance of any and all programs your computer attempts to run. Organising and managing these is a key step in addressing computer performance issues, particularly for older devices.

Unnecessary programs can significantly bog down a computer’s performance. Go into your program list and uninstall old programs you don’t need anymore. Check online before deleting programs you don’t recognize—they could be critical programs for your system. The instructions are different for Windows and Mac.

Open your hard drive and hunt for content you don’t use anymore. Check if you downloaded episodes of Frasier and the like, into your Videos folder years ago and then barely watched any of it. Find the space gluttons and decide whether you still need that content or not. See if you can upload it to a cloud device rather than storing it on your computer.

7. Reset your modem

Sometimes, your devices get bogged down because they’re built like that. Technology isn’t perfect. Resetting your modem can solve a corrupt configuration or interference issues. To reset it properly, disconnect your modem for at least a minute to allow a full reset to occur. On the other hand, leaving it off overnight can give you a new IP address, which is sometimes be the solution for your slow internet connection. Just reconnect it in the morning, give it a minute or two to reboot, and you should have a better internet speed available to you.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 15, 2020

4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

1. Don’t Fight It

I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

3. Reframe Your Perspective

Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

    Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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    One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

    To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

    Final Thoughts

    Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

    Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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