If you are frustrated by the slow speed of your DSL connection, then this guide is for you.
DSL was introduced in the 90s as a high-speed alternative to dial-up Internet. The difference in speeds was tremendous, but now DSL may seem as slow as dial-up was back in those days. Thanks to cable and fiber optics Internet speeds are even faster than DSL. However, these options are not always available to everyone due to there location or budget. You can still make the most of your DSL connection by taking a few practical steps to improve the speed.
First off, reeboot your DSL modem. There are a lot of factors that may cause your network speeds to decrease over time. Rebooting the modem resets the connection and can generally improve the overall speeds. To do this, simply unplug the router from the wall socket for around 30 seconds and then plug it back in.
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Determine your actual connection speeds. The speeds quoted to you from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be an “up to” figure, so if you’re on a 16MB connection, that is the maximum you will achieve, but it’s not necessarily what you’ll be getting. To get a more accurate reading of your connection speed visit websites like Speedtest.net, Testmyspeed.com or Bandwidth.com. If the download and upload speeds differ much from what you were promised by your ISP, contact your ISP for repair service.
Eliminate other network activity using your DSL connection. For instance if you use a wireless router, make sure it is secure and no one else other than you can access it. If it is not secure other people within the range of the network can use it, not only will this cause your connection to be slow, but you could be liable for any activity occurring on the network, even if it is not you who is doing it.
Upgrade your wireless router. If your wireless router uses the older 802.11b technology, the DSL connection may be faster than the wireless network. Upgrade to newer 802.11g or 802.11n technology. These newer wireless technologies will be much faster than the fastest DSL connection.
Check the connection to your DSL modem. If you have an older computer that is using a USB 1.1 network adapter to connect to the modem, the data speed between the modem and your computer may be slower than the connection between the modem and the Internet. Install a network card by inserting it into an available expansion slot on your computer. Plug the modem directly into the network interface card.