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4 Easy Steps To Fix Slow Internet Connection

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Yan from pexel
Fix Slow Internet On My Laptop?

How to fix slow internet connection? Firstly, smooth data transfer rates over your internet connection are highly dependent on four primary components.

  1. Your Operating System (Windows, Mac Os,etc).
  2. Your Storage Space On Your Computer/Laptop
  3. The Bandwidth On Your Broadband or Internet Plan
  4. Your Wireless Router or Direct Connected Modem
Your Goal Is To Narrow-Down The Error:

The best way to solve a problem is to start by identifying the cause. After you've indentified the cause, you can much easier research a suitable solution.

Say for instance your slow connection speeds, has something do to with disrupted or conflicting Software.

  • You don't of course want to waste time on hardware troubleshooting; instead.
  • You don't want to be lost in confusion; like now. Your intention is to know if it's in your power to resolve the issue.
  • Another thing is your connecting gadgets may have increased, and this may be too heavy for your broadband package.

How To Fix Slow Internet Connection?

No matter how complicated your technical error may seem. Your most powerful is your Common Sense.

"Before Using The Axe, Try The Doorknob" source -unknown-
The Standard Rules Of Overcoming Poor Internet Throughut:

As obvious as this may seem, most users spend days without refreshing their laptops.The most logical step to approach the problem is to reboot your Computing System.

A simple restart on your machine can do Great Wonders.Random software related issues can lead to many unexpected errors. Such as delayed website connections, screen freezes, or simply reducing operation speed.

Different Ways To Reboot Your Laptop

Look there are several different reasons why your system may be giving problems.

Some may be my be hardware related, while other may stem from software conflicts.

Taking all in account, I have compiled a list of specific methods for different scenarios.

How Do You Force Restart A Laptop?

Disclaimer: Using force-shutdown methods on your computer or laptop may to further complications. Such as data loss or Operating System related issues.
  • Force restarts are initiated by pressing and holding your PC's power button for a few seconds; till your machine switch off.
  • Once your device is off, wait for ten seconds, then press the power button to turn the PC back on.
  • Many users are forced by circumstances to do this, but there are many risks associated with it.
  • Should you find yourself in this situation. Don't use it as a standard solution, rather consult a computer technician to resolve the issue.

How Can I Restart My Laptop Without Power Button?

If your power button has been damaged, you probably know that the safest way is to get it fix. But for some reason you're in a dilemma.

Warning: During my years in the Telecoms industry, I've seen people restarting by removing the live plug from a power socket.

This is extremely dangerous please avoid such unsafe practices at all cost.

The Safest Alternatives Are:
  1. Connect a wireless keyboard to your laptop or desktop. Select one that comes with a power button.
  2. There are option to switch a computer through the BIOS depending on the model. However this may also be limited to certain machines, or the extend of your hardware problem.

How to Reboot Your Laptop The Proper Way?

Quick Tip: Makes sure your laptop battery is fully charged. Number One of the below steps is a basic restart. If it Solves your problem avoid the other steps.

  1. Click On The Windows Start Icon: Next choose restart. Your computer should automatically switch off and on. Once your computer is on again, test your connection speed by trying a website. If your internet response time is better, avoid the other steps.
  2. Assuming the basic restart didn't work. You can now click the start icon again and this time select shut-down. By selecting shutdown, you're 'hard booting' the device.
  3. Disconnect All Connections: Unplug and remove all the cables connected to your computer. For instance: Ethernet wire, router cable, printers, or other equipment.
  4. Disconnect The Modem or Router: The plan is to completely free your machine; from all external devices.
  5. Give About 2-3 Minutes: Wait a few minutes, you don't really have to leave it off, for a very long time.
  6. Reconnect Your Modem or Network Cable: Connect your modem/Ethernet cable. Wait for it to establish the connection.
  7. Reconnect Other DevicesPlug in all your secondary connections your computer ports. If it's a wireless router using a simcard; turn it back on. Wait till it's fully connected.
  8. Switch Your Laptop On:Be patient for your Windows to fully respond . Once, you sure that your PC is on!
  9. Try To Connect To The Internet: A this point your Modem/WiFi router and other gadgets, should be fully powered. Attempt to connect! If you connected, then your problem is solved.

How To Fix No Internet Connection On Your Laptop?

Well, then it's time to Call in the Big Guns! Do this; by trying to ping a website/ip address.

What purpose does it serve, to Ping a website?

Well, it helps you to verify whether the problem is your internet connection.

Then again it could also be your internet browser. It helps to narrow-down your problem. Providing certainty as to what you're dealing with.

What Really Happens in the Background of your Windows Whenever You Ping a Website?

Picture a 'submarine' that sends out a torpedo (underwater missile). It usually makes a 'Ping!..Ping!..Ping! Sound.

If it detects an enemy submarine within range. It simply Destroys it. If there is no enemy in range, it has no effect.

Likewise with a Website Ping. It serves a similar purpose; the only difference is that it doesn't destroy anything.

Instead it gives feedback; on whether your device able to make the connection/not.

  1. The Ping (command) sends a message to another server, computer, or source. And waits for a reply.
  2. Meaning that it's simply to verify a connection between; two or more devices.
This is method mainly used under the following circumstances:

From a computer of a user to a website. You can also ping an antenna, to confirm signal transmission errors.

How Do I Ping A Website?

1st Step: Click START on your Computer's Windows Program.

2nd Step: Click on RUN on the small-window that appears. On the latest Windows Operating Systems. Simply type in the little search box; on your start menu. Skip the 3rd Step and proceed to the 4th.

3rd Step: A small will box will pop up. In the box type the three letters (cmd). In lower/small letters, no spaces; exactly as above.

Remember everything depends on the; Windows Program installed in your computer.

In some cases you may have to type the full term: command. Say for instance; your computer runs an older Windows Operating System.

4th Step: A small black screen; called a 'dos prompt' will appear with white letters and numbers.

5th Step: Simply type the phrase 'ping.' Next hit the 'space bar' and then type the (URL) or (IP address) of the website.For example: www.amazon.com or their ip address.

6th Step: The black screen/dos prompt will give you feedback, regarding the website you ping:

1. A Successful Outcome Of A Ping:

It will send a total of 4 signals; out to the source. In return you should receive 4 Replies from the source.

Then it confirms that you have a good connection - with your connecting machine.

2. Negative Connection Feedback:

Let's say one or some of the replies says: "request timed out." It confirms intermittent connections/signal; from your computer to the source

3. Retry to ping Again!

If you keep getting 'request timed out' responses. It gives an indication of a weak signal; from your connecting device.

4. Unsuccessful Ping:

Let's say, you're not receiving any feedback at all. Examples of such; are when the prompt bluntly states "request timed out."

This situation confirms that the device, or webpage that you're hoping to connect to, Is off line. Meaning it's incapable of transmitting and receiving signals.

When it comes to sow internet speeds badware infection cannot be ruled-out. Harmful software is very common these days and may overload your storage with copies of itself.

This leads to overcrowded storage space, which results in random errors and poor connection speeds. However There are ways to make your Computer Operating System more efficient.

You may want to learn more about the symptoms of viruses on computers.