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Why is My Internet So Slow? A Complete Guide To Solve And Speed Up The Connection

Why is My Internet So Slow? A Complete Guide To Solve And Speed Up The Connection

Remember the days when you had to patiently wait for the internet to dial up and pages loaded at an incredibly slow speed? The technological advancements since then has allowed us fast access to all the information we could possible need in an instant. Which is why slow internet connection nowadays is almost unbearable. Seeing that spinning circle of doom and waiting, what seems like an eternity, for the page to load is extremely frustrating.

The Frustration Of Slow Internet In These Modern Times

Just browsing the internet with slow connection can be bad enough but when many parts of our lives are spent online, we can often experience slow internet connection all the more.

Take watching TV programmes or movies for example. The worst thing is when it gets to a crucial moment in the plot and suddenly it stops, the spinning circle of doom appears and your experience feels utterly ruined. Have it happen more than a few times and you start to question whether you should start attending anger management classes.

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You go to save the online work you’ve spent hours perfecting and at that crucial moment the internet connection slows down, you try to refresh the page and then comes the horrifying realisation that you’ve just lost it all, never to be seen again. Not only do you need anger management, you probably need consoling.

What Steps You Can Take When You Experience Slow Internet Connection?

When slow internet hits, there are some steps you can follow to try and identify and fix it.

1. Check Your WiFi Connection

Probably the most obvious first step but we have to put it in here: check your WiFi connection is working. In some instances, your computer may have switched over to someone else’s open, weaker WiFi connection because yours has temporarily switched off. That is, if you’ve set it to automatically roam for WiFi connections.

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2. Check Your Hardware Including Broadband Router Settings

Giving your modem and router a quick reset could be all you need to do to kick it back into action. Turn it off and back on again and see if it solves the problem both on yours and any other computers in the house.

3. Turn Off Broadband-Hogging Plugins And Apps

Ads and programmes (especially those using videos) running in the background could be taking up a lot of the bandwidth without you realising. Close down all your windows and consider installing an Ad Blocker. It only solves part of the problem but it could temporarily speed up the connection.

4. Check To See If You’re Downloading Anything

Downloading anything can slow your internet connection way down especially if you’re downloading files using BitTorrent. Pause these and you will see your connection instantly speed up.

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5. Check Your Subscription

Are you actually paying for slow internet? It could be worth checking your plan, then use a speed tester such as Speedtest.net to see if the numbers are matching up. If not, then you need to make a call to your provider.

6. Optimise Your Web For A Slow Connection

If you still need to browse the internet while you sort out your slow connection, then a helpful tip is to optimise your web by switching to HTML or mobile versions of websites and disabling pictures. Doing all these can make your browsing less frustrating albeit less entertaining.

7. Call Your Internet Provider

If you’ve tried everything and it’s still slow, then now’s the time to call your internet provider. Be aware that it may not be a fault on their end so be respectful and you’re more likely to get helpful advice or solutions.

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Want To Speed Up Your Slow Connection? Follow These Simple Steps

1. Optimise Your Browser

  • Switch to browsers such as Firefox that provides extensions to stop ads, or Chrome that uses minimal memory without the need for Flash and JavaScript. Opera Turbo is specially designed for slow connection as it’s been built with compression technology.
  • Close all unused tabs that could be open pages that are being refreshed and therefore using up more bandwidth.
  • Allow some cookies and caching. While some may be weary of having their information tracked, they allow pages to load more quickly.

2. Optimise Your Modem/Router

  • Reposition your router to the same room as your computer or somewhere central in the house.
  • Your wireless device could be slowing down due to the connection being broadcast on the same channel as your neighbours’. Try using programmes such as inSSIDer to check the channels in your vicinity.
  • Separate other wireless devices as this could be bogging down the internet connection too. Simply keep them apart.

So, next time a slow internet connection sends you into a frenzy try these steps to help you identify the source of the problem. Slow internet connection may be frustrating with many areas of our lives now depending on a speedy process, but finding ways to solve it, even temporarily, can go a long way.

Featured photo credit: Tim Gouw via pexels.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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