Have you ever experienced days of slow internet connection where your device says you’re connected to the internet, but your connection is still slow? You probably have and and it can be very annoying, especially when you just need to get work done. Many people experience slow speeds on their devices, but lucky for you, we’ve put together five of the most common causes of slow internet on mobile devices and how these issues can be solved.
The first solution we have for you tends to go overlooked in many homes/offices. Although your Wi-Fi router has a range of about 230 feet, the signal still tends to get weaker the further it is from your device. Also, large objects such as doors and walls situated between you and your device can cause a weaker connection which results in slower internet speeds.
To strengthen your connection throughout the home or office, we recommend placing your router in a centralized location, preferably away from concrete walls or large, dense objects such as fireplaces. A router radiates a signal in all directions, and if it is blocked by even just one large object, you will experience a weaker Wi-Fi connection which results in slower internet speeds on your mobile device.
As you may know, other electronic devices emit wireless signals as well and typically their frequency tends to be similar to that of your routers, which is 2.4 GHz. So if you have a lot of electronic devices or live in an apartment/condo, there’s a good chance that other electronic devices may be causing interference with your router. The simple fix to this solution is to place your router in a centralized location away from other electronic devices.
However, sometimes it isn’t possible to place your router in a centralized location away from other devices. If this is the case for you, there is another option that you might find helpful, but requires you to know if your phone supports 5 GHz.
You can try changing the frequency or channel that your router is broadcasting on. To accomplish this, log in to your routers settings page, then locate a page that says “wireless settings” or “channel.” For most routers this tends to be 5GHz, but you’ll still want to ensure that your mobile device is capable of operating at a 5GHz frequency.
Fluctuating network speed
Another possible reason for your router’s slow internet connection could be due to fluctuating network speeds. Often times, router’s experience fluctuating network speeds when there are many devices connected or if some of the devices require a strong network connection such as streaming movies, downloading video games, or even some software updates.
To fix this issue, increase your router’s bandwidth speed. This way, every mobile device on the network will enjoy a faster, more stable connection.
Poor VPN connection
A virtual private network is a great resource to use when you are looking to increase your security measures. However, if your VPN connection is experiencing slow/poor connection, it can affect the speed of your internet connection. To fix this issue, switch to a different VPN server or switch to a different VPN protocol.
You can also disable your VPN to increase your network speeds but this will decrease your devices security. If your are on a private network such as at home or in the office, it should be ok to disable your VPN to enjoy the faster internet speeds.
Full browser cache
Your mobile browser’s cache stores data from previous searches you’ve made to faster display results of similar searches in the future. While this makes your phone more efficient, it also has makes your internet connection much slower when using the internet for other activities.
You can clear your cache manually or use a cache cleaner app to get rid of useless data and optimize your phone’s internet speed. If you decide to download a cache cleaner app, make sure that it is trustworthy so you don’t accidentally download a malware-infected program.
There can be a variety of different reasons why your mobile device might have slow internet connection. If your business relies heavily on having a steady, fast connection to the internet, consider reaching out to your local team of technology experts to further diagnose the issue and get it resolved as soon as possible. For more help with your internet connection speeds get in touch with us today at www.rj2t.com.