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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 October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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