Does your broadband connection seem sluggish and slow? If so, try these tips for getting the most from your available connection speed and to improve internet speed.

Change your router

If you want to connect to broadband via a wireless network you need a wireless router. They can differ in performance levels and ease of use

Spring clean your browser

Every time you access a web page through your web browser, the browser stores or ‘caches’ it. Periodically clearing out your browser’s cache will help it to function more efficiently. To do this in:

Clean your browsers ‘cache’ regularly

Internet Explorer 7
From the Tool menu, click Internet Options. Select the General tab. Under browsing history click Delete. Next to temporary internet files, click Delete files. Click Close and then OK to exit.

Firefox 2
From the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data, and then choose Cache.

From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache. When prompted click Empty to confirm that you want to empty the cache.

Secure your wireless network

If your wireless network is unsecured then your neighbours may be logging onto it and sharing your broadband connection. This will decrease your own broadband speeds. You can secure your network by accessing the security settings within your router’s browser.

The time of day

Be aware that more people are attempting to access the internet at certain times of day than at others. Peak times include when America wakes up. If you can avoid going online at these busy times you’ll find you experience a faster connection.

Watch your distance

If possible try and connect your router or ADSL modem to the main telephone socket in your house. Also, if connecting the router or modem directly to a computer, use the shortest cables you can.

Boost your Wi-Fi signal

If you use wireless, rather than moving your PC closer to the router you could try replacing the aerial. The longer the aerial, the better the signal and the further its reach.