Does Your Router Affect Your Internet Speed?

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Does Your Router Affect Your Internet Speed?

Your router does affect your internet speed if you are using WiFi. A router is an essential component in a computer network because it facilitates data movement between your devices and other networks. A good router will make the most of your Internet speed, while a slow one will cause lagging and longer load times.

At its simplest, the role of a router is to direct network traffic. This is because it handles connections between your devices and the Internet. If the traffic is heavy, connections start to lag. Furthermore, if the router is old or of poor quality, slower connections will occur.

If your router cannot handle your high-speed Internet plan, then your router should be replaced. Otherwise, you might not be might not be taking advantage of your total bandwidth.

If you're not sure how fast your connection should be, check how much Internet speed you need

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How To Check Router Speed

First, you can see if your Internet speed is abnormally low by testing your Internet speed.

1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet

2. Open your browser and navigate to our Internet speed test

3. Tap the "Go" button to run the test

Our test will show you your download speeds, upload speeds, jitter, and ping. The number doesn't have to match your Internet plan exactly, but it shouldn't be drastically below the speed you're paying to have. Internet speeds can shift throughout the day, so conduct several tests to get a clear idea of where your connection stands.

How to Improve Router Speed

Further, you can see if your router is causing a slow connection by following these simple troubleshooting steps:

1. Check Cable Connections

When troubleshooting a router, first check the cords running into the back of the device. If one of the cords isn't plugged in or is halfway undone, your solution might be as simple as effortless as pushing the cable back in. If it seems as if one of your cords is becoming consistently loose, you may need to purchase a new one. When testing cord security, listen for a distinct click. This sound lets you know your cord is securely attached to your router.

2. Reboot Your Router

A common suggestion for computer troubleshooting is turning it off and turning it back on again. Your router is like any other computer meaning internal issues happen periodically. By cutting off the router from its power source, you reset the device. Resetting the router's internal computer is often enough to restore the device to its proper working state.

3. Check With Your Internet Service Provider

If after you've completed any preliminary troubleshooting and your WiFi is still lagging, it's time to check with your Internet service provider. We'll be able to check if there have been any outages in your area or see if this is an isolated issue. Either way, tipping off our technicians is a great way to get to the root of the problem.

4. Move the Position of Your Router

If we don't detect any issues with your network, try changing the placement of your router to a more central location in your home. Your device's distance from the router could be causing slow Internet speeds. By repositioning your router, you are helping your devices that may have previously had a bad connection. Be sure the new location is open and clear of any large metal objects.

Will A New Router Increase My Internet Speed?

A new router can help increase your Internet speed only if your old router is not compatible with the speed provided by your current Internet plan. For example, if you are using a router that is several years old but your Internet plan provides 500 Mbps, your old router may not allow you to utilize the full speed of your plan. A new router will be able to issue a stronger signal, covering a larger portion of your home. An easy way to measure this is by comparing the speed of your Internet plan and the actual speed you're getting on your devices. Testing your Internet speed can help you figure this out. If you find there's a large difference between the two, a router upgrade might be in order. If you are not satisfied with your current speed, we advise you to re-evaluate your Internet plan to see if higher Internet speeds are more suitable for your home and Internet usage.

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