A slow internet connection is frustrating, especially if you don’t know why it’s slow. If your videos suddenly start buffering or web pages take longer than usual to load, chances are you’re not getting enough bandwidth. Let’s find out how to increase your bandwidth and improve your browsing.
To fix the problem, we first need to define bandwidth and the impact it has on your connection speeds. When it comes to computers, bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be downloaded or uploaded from your computer in a set period of time. It’s measured and expressed in bits per second (bps).
Your bandwidth is mostly determined by your device, your router, your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and the bandwidth they promised you. However, even if your contract said that your connection speed would be up to 20 Mbps, that doesn’t mean you will always get maximum bandwidth – especially if you connect multiple devices to the same network and use them all at once. Why?
Your bandwidth is like a two-lane highway where all the cars (data) travel at the same speed. Driving is fun as long as there aren’t too many cars. The more crowded it gets, the slower you’ll go. More lanes, or bandwidth, on the highway can solve the problem.
If you think you have a low bandwidth problem, run a speed test and compare the results with the numbers advertised by your ISP. If you only have one device connected to the internet and you are not downloading any files, the results should be close to what you were promised. However, if you tend to have multiple devices connected at once and love streaming videos and sharing files with your friends, it may be that you need more bandwidth.
If you’re satisfied with your internet plan and your internet speeds were fine during your test, it’s likely the problem lies in:
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