Wireless technologies are constantly improving. Yet, many of us still experience slow internet speeds at home. A poor connection and slow speeds can be caused by any number of issues. So, in this article, we’re going to talk about some common problems that cause a slow internet speed and poor connection and discuss ways to get your internet speeds up to par.

Get what you pay for

The first thing you need to find out is what internet speed you pay for and whether your Wifi connection enables you to take full advantage of those speeds. Take a free, online internet speed test over at speedtest.net. This will tell you your download and upload speed. You can revisit this website throughout this process to see what effects your speeds.

Troubleshooting

A good process for finding the problem with your internet speed is to start with the most common issues. First, eliminate speed as the factor. Restart your router and bring your laptop or tablet into the room where your router is located. Retake the speedtest to see if you get better results.

Note: speed tests may vary greatly at different times throughout the day. This is because internet providers experience different loads depending on when users are home, at work, asleep, etc.

If you found that the problem is the distance to your router you have a few options. First, you could simply move your router to an area that makes more sense for your usage. A router that is hidden in a basement or tucked away in a closet might not perform as well as one that is located in your home office or living room.

Another option would be to install multiple access points. This option is ideal for bigger houses because it allows you to disperse the access points equally. That means no poor connections in the basements or in the top floor bedrooms.

Common issues

If location isn’t the issue we’re going to have to rule out other problems. First, you’ll want to make sure your router is a recent model that is able to handle the internet speeds you are paying for. If the router is relatively new, try checking for firmware updates that may be affecting your connectivity.

If all of the above are taken care of, it could be a good idea to change your WiFi password or add one if you don’t currently have one set. This is especially important if you live in a city or have a lot of neighbors close by who might be using your WiFi, be it intentional or not.

A final solution would be to change the frequency and channel of your router. If your neighbors’ routers or an electronic appliance is using the same frequency or channel as your router they could be interfering with one another.

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Many people think that if they live in a so-called “nice neighborhood” that they’re immune to residential crime. While it’s true that the probability of having their home or cars broken into may be lower than in urban or high-crime areas, there’s always the outside chance that there’s someone wandering through the neighborhood — especially at night — who doesn’t have the best of intentions.

While that does not mean you have to be in a state of “high alert” all the time, it does make sense to develop good habits with regard to home security. One thing to avoid is being lulled into a state of complacency by the the sight of manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and the peaceful atmosphere of your neighborhood. Although those qualities are well worth appreciating and being grateful for, an ounce of prevention can help preserve the sanctity of your home and property.

Typical Security Mistakes Homeowners Make

Whether you’re talking about highway safety, food safety, or home security, you and your family can lead a safer, more secure life by following a few basic guidelines. Unfortunately, all-too-many people tend to let their guard down and leave themselves vulnerable to threats, like home break-ins, burglary, and other residential crimes.

Have you noticed any neighbors on your street who seem to “throw caution to the wind” when they’re away? Maybe you, too, have gotten a little too complacent or forgetful about basic home security measures. Here are a few of the common mistakes many people make — especially when they’re on vacation — which could be an invitation to trouble:

  1. Leaving a house key under the front door mat: Although it may seem like a convenient and somewhat discreet place to “hide” a key, it’s one of the first places a resourceful burglar is going to look. Not only that, but every time a friend or member of the family accesses that key, they could easily be observed by someone passing by. The longer it’s there, the more people are going to see it.
  2. Forgetting to suspend mail or newspaper delivery: When you go on vacation or visit relatives for more than a few days, your mind is already cluttered with travel plans and other arrangements. It’s easy to forget about details like mail delivery and newspapers accumulating in the driveway. However, if either of those items start piling up in front of your house, it’s equivalent to placing a flashing neon sign in your window, saying “Nobody’s home!” Rather than contacting the post office and newspaper circulation department, an easier method is to have a trusted neighbor or friend gather your deliveries and store them in a safe place — possibly inside your home. (If they’re a really good friend, they can also water your plants, feed your tropical fish, take care of your pets, and turn on a couple lights at night — but, maybe you don’t want to test the limits of your friendship that much!)
  3. Leaving lampposts and outdoor floodlights on continuously: Again, it’s like an advertisement that the house is unoccupied.
  4. Allowing the grass to get too long: It’s amazing how a little sunshine and rain, while you’re away, can cause an unexpected growth spurt in your lawn. Although it’s not as obvious as the previous items, it can be a tip off that the family is on vacation, blissfully unaware of the security breaches that are occurring. The overgrown grass problem can be prevented by either hiring a regular lawn mowing service or recruiting an enterprising teenager in the neighborhood to keep your property looking well tended while you’re away.

There are potentially dozens of home security measures you can take to ensure that your premises are completely burglarproof, but they can be expensive and complicated. However, if you just follow a few commonsense guidelines, both your possessions and your peace of mind should remain fully intact!

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