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I’ve had many customers ask me why they are only getting between 15mb or maybe 20mb from their broadband connection, which

may be, for example, A UPC Fibre Optic / Fibre Powered 100Mb broadband connection. When they use the Ethernet or network cable supplied with the modem, they will see a considerable increase in bandwidth. There are many factors which would influence this. In this article we will look at optimising your network connection overall and add a few tips in relation to your wifi setup. Start by testing your broadband speed… A lot of customers will be on an 8mb line with eircom or any other ADSL provider in for that matter. However you may actually be getting 5mb or 6mb. I’ve even seen customers get as low as a 2mb connection on the same package. The problem with ADSL or telephone lines is the last mile of copper. And in Ireland, a lot of that copper was laid many years ago. With UPC Fibre optic Broadband, you have fibre optic rings around the city and then the newly upgraded coaxial cable is capable of addressing bandwidths of several hundred mb. You may have a 100mb connection. Test the connection with an Ethernet cable! Go to www.speedtest.net or www.speedtest.upc.ie

Use the fastest DNS servers available to you…

There is a free tool called DNS jumper. Do a Google search for this. If your connection slows at peak times, use DNS jumper to run through a list of known DNS servers. DNS jumpers will test the response times with a ping command. You should select the one with the shortest ping time (lowest number). I also like to use Google’s DNS server of 8.8.8.8 WiFi Considerations… If you must test with a wireless connection, try to find out of the card is wireless N class (150mb +) or Wireless G (54mb). Also remember that Wi-Fi cards are half duplex – meaning that they can only send and then must wait to receive information (like a walkie talkie). A cable can send and receive at the same time. Wireless cards also encrypt the data, and this has an overhead on the speed of the connection.

Boost your Wi-Fi Signal…

If you have a large house or you want to cover your large office block, building, one access point may not be sufficient, and running cables around a house may be unsightly. With some Wi-Fi access points you can add stro9nger antennae, for example, most Wi-Fi access points would ship with a 5dB antenna. You can add a 9dB or 15dB antenna to try to increase the range. In some cases, certain broadband routers with Wi-Fi Access Points integrated, such as the Cisco EPC-3925, have the antenna internally, and the wireless signal doesn’t have much range. In this case I would suggest turning off Wi-Fi and using another Access Point with a greater range or you could use a Wi-Fi repeater. There are also a few good programs to enable you to set the WiFi card in your laptop/desktop pc as a wireless repeater, which is very handy as you can place the laptop midway and extend its Wi-Fi range. Change your WiFi Channel… In Europe, WiFi Access Points broadcast anything on the 802.11x spectrum over 13 Channels – 12 in the United States. Scanning the area to see what your neighbours Access Point will assist in choosing a channel which is not overpopulated with other equipment. There is a free tool for Android devices call Wi-Fi Analyser and is a great tool. Net stumbler was a tool I used to use under Windows XP. Another tool you can use is inSSIDer.

 

Upgrade your Router or WiFi access point…

See if your ISP can replace or upgrade your router for a better performance router. You may have to renew your contract, however. Choose the fastest browser… Google Chrome or IE10. I personally like Google Chrome, it is a very fast browser, and the integration with my Gmail and Google Drive Account is a great feature. Furthermore my bookmarks are synchronised between all of my devices. Internet Explorer 10 is supposed to be the fastest. However if you are still using Windows XP/ Vista, this isn’t available. Try Google Chrome or Firefox instead. All of these browsers will also support the latest HTML 5 websites, which can embed graphics and download in a fraction of the time. Disable unnecessary browser add-ons.

 

Check for spyware…

Malware and spyware cause more problems than virus’ these days, in my opinion. Scan your computer for viruses and malware regularly if you are not doing so. Trojans, Worms, General Spyware all want to get your information. They can be so subtle as to gather the sites you visit most often to target you with advertisements, or so devious as to get your hoax you into believing they can cure your computer and obtain your credit card information. Our computer repair team constantly get computers in with its antivirus or security software’s trail or license expired. Keep your security software updated! Flash player has been found to contain security loop holes and a lot of devices no longer support it. You should be safe to disable it. Also a registry cleaner such as ccleaner can delete temporary files, a common place for malware to reside, and fix any broken registry links to removed programs and files.

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