Optimising Wi-Fi performance: What to do when Wifi is down?

The solution of slow WiFi is not to limit internet usage or upgrade to a faster internet plan
Broadband internet router with ethernet cable plugged into the back in the ethernet port. — Unsplash
Broadband internet router with ethernet cable plugged into the back in the ethernet port. — Unsplash

It is important to note that there could be an issue with the internet service provider when WiFi is slow. Restarting the modem and router can improve the internet speed. Slow internet speed can occur due to problems with the modem or router. Outdated equipment or physical damage can lead to restrictions on internet speed.   

Steps to follow when WiFi is slow

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to fix slow WiFi speeds.

1. Test the modem

To make sure that a user is receiving the correct speeds from their internet provider, it is recommended to perform a speed test. A user should follow the steps given below for the most accurate results:

  1. Unplug the router from the modem.
  2. Using an Ethernet cable, connect a computer to a modem.
  3. Conduct the speed test.

2. Test the router

As soon as the user has confirmed that the modem is not the cause of the issue, it is time to test the router. Follow these steps:

  1. Attach the router back into the modem.
  2. Perform numerous speed tests using wireless devices and devices linked to the router's Ethernet ports.

Suppose there is a significant difference in the test results between the modem and router. In that case, it indicates that the router or the Ethernet cable connecting it to the modem may be causing the slowdowns in connection.

3. Reorganise the WiFi connections

To guarantee optimal performance for all active WiFi connections, follow the instructions given below:

  1. Start by eliminating unnecessary devices from the WiFi network.
  2. Then, confirm that each connected device is on the appropriate WiFi band.

The only primary solutions when the WiFi is slow is limiting internet usage or upgrading to a faster internet plan.