This second part of our How To Have Fast Internet series focuses on the hardware involved in fast internet.
Computers and Routers
Having good equipment is the next crucial piece in a fast internet connection. This is because, for the average non-technical internet user, “slow internet” may not really have to do with the internet at all. Computers and routers get old, need to be reset, and may just lack the up-to-date technology that is need to get work done faster or to enjoy streaming a new movie. A few tips to make sure that your hardware is not the bottleneck to your internet speed consider the following:
- How old is your computer? With some computers such as MacBooks, they can get so old that they are no longer supported by Apple for updates and maintenance. This means that as the latest security updates, and optimizations for the MacOS operating system come out, you fall father and farther behind. Every computer runs on a battery and uses a piece of hardware called a microprocessor among other things. These parts can wear down over time so consider if it is time for a computer upgrade.
- How many applications and internet tabs do you keep open on your computer? Your computer only has so much processing power. That means simply that it can only do so many things at once. Be sure to close applications that you are no longer using and if you need to keep up with your browser tabs, try out an application like Pocket that can help you keep track of pages you want to revisit.
- Routers are another piece of hardware that has a shelf life. One simple thing you can do to help your router is to turn it off and unplug it every so often. This doesn’t need to be a daily or weekly occurrence. But, if you feel like your connection has been cutting in and out or is moving slower than normal try giving the router some rest.
- Routers also need to be updated. Considering the age of your router and how recently you switched it out is necessary for optimizing your internet performance. If it has been several years. It may just be time to make a new purchase.
- If you have a lot of areas in your workspace where the WiFi connection just seems to be non-existent, consider getting a mesh router system such as the Google Nest WiFi router. Mesh router systems provide you with multiple WiFi access points so that you can distribute your connection around your workspace