If your most-trusted Internet Service Provider had never failed you to give a fast internet connection service but somehow, just got slower and slower over time, there are still many other factors that affect that, aside from your ISP’s incompetence. But whatever the real cause is, you need to somehow do something by diagnosing and fixing that slow connection.
Diagnose, Examine and Fix the Problem
Probable causes of your internet problem could be somehow summed-up to these: (1) you’re surfing the internet during peak hours, (2) your ever-loyal download manager could be consuming all of your internet bandwidth or, (3) the most unnoticeable of all, hardware problems (unless your wireless router had just died down).
- Unplug the internet cables, router and modem; wait for a few minutes before powering on the modem and the router. This troubleshoots the connectivity issues after a power surge or shortage.
- Close your anti-virus, firewall and download accelerator software then open speednet.test to determine your actual download speeds (this does not work in some countries). After that, test your speed by connecting the internet cable from your modem directly to your computer. Examine carefully whether there are changes or not.
- Open command prompt and type this command: ‘netstat –b –f’ (without the quotes). This will bring down the list of all your programs that are using the internet, even with or without your knowledge. If you find something unusual, kill that program via Task Manager by going to your desktop then pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.
- If doing the things above doesn’t work, check all your hardware for defects or damages, including your telephone wires. Alternatively, access your Modem via your Web Browser (usually by typing 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1, depending on the ISP). Check your internet stats there.