Why is my internet slow?
There are several things that can cause slow speeds, disconnects and, worst of all, buffering. The most common cause is something called Wireless interference.
Determine what’s going on.
The first thing you will want to do is run an accurate speed test to see where you are at currently.
- Run a Speed Test
- You’ll need to run the test on a desktop or laptop computer that’s directly connected to your modem by an Ethernet cable in order to get accurate results.
Wireless signal (WiFi) is less reliable than a wired connection. There are several variables that can affect speeds over a WiFi connection. Doing a direct connection with an Ethernet cable will let you know what is actually getting out to your apartment and help determine if the issue is with speed getting to your home or if it is a WiFi related issue.
- If you can bypass your router you should do so
- Ethernet cables come in many colors but look like a thick phone cord.
- Internet speed is shared across every device in your home, so disconnect other devices from your network.
This means that if you have 50Mbps service then that 50Mb is spread across all your devices. Netflix can use about 7Mb while you’re watching an HD show. So if you are on the 50Mbps service, and are using Netflix to stream in HD on one device, then you have 43Mbps left over for the rest of your devices.
- Make sure you are using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari.
- Verify the latest version of Adobe Flash Player is installed on your computer.
- You might need to enable Flash on the Speed Test page. For example, to enable Flash in Chrome:
- If you go to the speed test tool and see a message stating that Flash is required, in the address bar click Secure, and for Flash, select Always allow on this site.
- Refresh your browser, wait a few moments, and the speed test will be displayed instead of the message.
- Go to https://www.speedtest.windstream.net
We know that speed tests through speedtest.net are generally reliable. Other tests may take routes through donated servers and outdated infrastructure that aren’t capable of passing full speeds.
- Select “Chicago” as your destination.
- Run the test two or three times to get an average of the speeds recorded.
Speed tests are not always 100%accurate. The above steps are the best method of testing your speed at home to determine if there is a problem and if so where the problem originates. If you are concerned your speed tests are inaccurate at any time, please call Bloom Internet Support: 1(877)735-6089
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