The majority of internet users in developed parts of the world today are still connected to the internet via traditional networks such as the ADSL probably due to its reliability and the high download speeds it offers. The problem with accessing the internet via an ADSL network is that you’re probably not getting as much speed as you were promised by your ISP. What then should you do in a situation like this?
Below are 4 tips to help you troubleshoot and ensure your ADSL internet service is in good order.
1. Make Sure the Cable Connecting Your Router/Modem to the Phone Socket is as short as Possible
Distance is a very important factor to consider when trying getting the best from a traditional internet connection. The farther away you are from the source of internet connection the slower your internet is going to be. While there won’t be that much difference in the speed you will get, using longer cables is more likely to result in signal degradation and as a result will impact the speed you will get. Like I said, there might not be much of a difference but using shorter cables instead of extremely long cables is sure to make a difference.
2. Make Sure There’s No Electrical Device near the Phone Socket or Router
The ADSL network is very sensitive to interference and even the presence of a cordless phone or any radio device might make a whole lot of difference. It is important that you try to reduce interference as much as possible by ensuring there is no electrical device around your router or phone socket whenever it is working.
3. Only Reboot if There’s a Problem
Another important thing you should observe is how often you reboot your router. Switching your router on and off at every interval is more likely to be of disadvantage than of an advantage. It is very important that you avoid shutting down your router when it isn’t really necessary. Only reboot your router every once in a while and that is if rebooting is your only option. Broadband routers are mostly designed to be “always on” and shutting down a router too often will often signal a problem. Make sure you avoid shutting down your router more than once in any 24 hour interval.
4. Use the Latest Router Firmware and Software Drivers
Drivers matter a lot, whether it has to do with the firmware or software of the device you are using. Bugs are bound to exist and you can ensure your network is always operative by taking measures to forestall potential problems by constantly upgrading your firmware and software drivers. Try to only use the latest firmware and software drivers for your router and you will notice significant improvement.