How to Improve Your Broadband Speed

By: Karl Bantleman
With so much information flying around about broadband, it is not surprising that users are becoming slightly confused about what they should expect from their deals. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions.

One of the most common questions is why speeds do not match up with the speed they were promised when they signed up to the original deal. The answer is simple, connection speeds will vary considerably depending on the time of day you use it. Evenings are the busiest times as this is when most home users will be on the internet downloading and uploading.

Speeds will also vary depending on the item that you are downloading. Films require a lot longer to complete than a song would for example as the file is larger. As more people use their broadband to call friends and family abroad VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) which includes Skype has become very popular but takes longer and needs fast connections to use.

Tidying up your computer will also help improve the speed. As you surf and download your way through the internet, many files and viruses can find their way into your hard drive and simply erasing these can improve your connection speed. Many people compare broadband speeds but it is important to give yourself every chance of having those speeds and eliminating your computer of viruses is a must. You may want to get an expert to come and do this for you to ensure it is done thoroughly.

It is very frustrating for customers when the speeds they receive do not match the speed quoted to them by the operator. Asking the provider what the maximum and minimum speeds possible will give you a better indication as to what to expect from your broadband. The broadband speed test allows you to get an idea of the connection speeds in your area and once you know that, you can start to compare the various deals.

To ensure you get the most out of your broadband deal and achieve the fastest speeds, make sure your computer is free of viruses and unwanted files. Take the broadband speed test and find the speeds you should be getting and afterwards compare broadband deals from the leading providers.
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