Did you know Internet service providers really do throttle your connection, making Wi-Fi speeds significantly slower? Here’s how to tell if this is happening to you.
It’s really aggravating to have slow internet, and it can be challenging to pinpoint the precise cause of the problem. Wi-Fi and home internet connections are impacted by several factors, including It’s possibility that your router is out-of-date or even in the wrong spot in your home. These problems might be resolved quickly by switching to a mesh network or by restarting your modem and router. However, you might also be able to hold your ISP accountable for bandwidth restricting, which is something they may be doing on purpose.
A virtual private network is one remedy for sluggish Wi-Fi, assuming internet throttling is the real culprit. In order to slow down your internet, ISPs basically need to see your IP address, which a good VPN will hide, albeit it has several drawbacks and restrictions that we’ll go over below. We’ll show you how to determine whether throttling is to blame and, if not, what to do to improve your poor Wi-Fi.
Step 1:Troubleshoot your slow internet connection
You suspect your service provider is throttling your connection since your Wi-Fi is slow. It’s crucial to go through the standard troubleshooting list before coming to those conclusions: Make sure your router is in the centre of your house, move its antennas, check your network security twice, and so on. Check out our recommendations if you want to learn more about how to make your Wi-Fi more effective.
Step 2: Test Your Internet Speed
You may receive a more thorough assessment of the state of your internet in a number of ways after making sure there are no obvious causes for your Wi-Fi problems. We would advise starting with a straightforward test on M-Lab. This will test your connection speed and, in essence, determine whether your ISP offers reliable service regardless of the material you’re accessing. Although this measurement isn’t perfect, it’s a nice place to start. How quickly can you access the internet? Here’s a quick way to learn more. After checking off everything on the list, if your Wi-Fi is still sluggish, continue on to the next action.
Step 3: Find a Reliable VPN
If you’ve run a simple health check on your internet connection and you still suspect your ISP may be having issues consider looking into VPNs. Numerous aspects, including security, cost, and server locations, should be considered while looking for the finest virtual private network. There are numerous reasons to use a VPN. Check out some suggestions for the best VPNs.
Step 4: Compare Your Speed with the VPN
Next, check your internet speed using a site like Speedtest.net or Fast.com. Compare the outcomes to the same test performed with your VPN activated. Speed testing should reveal a disparity, with the VPN-active speed being noticeably slower than the VPN-inactive speed, as using any VPN should significantly reduce your speed. However, a VPN also masks the IP address that service providers use to identify you, so if a speed test with a VPN is faster than one without one, it’s possible that your ISP is restricting traffic based on your IP address.
Step 5: Fix Your Internet
Now for the challenging part. Even if you discover that your internet service provider is slowing it down, there may not be much you can do. But here are a few useful responses:
- If you do have options, use the best provider in your area.
- Use your VPN to maintain more consistent speeds. A VPN can’t solve a bad connection or other reasons behind your slow service, but it can help with throttling from unscrupulous ISPs.
- Call your provider and threaten to switch providers if they don’t stop throttling your internet.
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