How to Get Faster Internet

It’s 2021, and whether you’re back at the office and using your company’s internet, or your team is settled into a comfortable working from home routine, your business needs the internet.

You, your team, your clients and vendors all rely on high speed internet to ensure you’re able to make the moves that will make, or keep, your business successful.

So, if your business is struggling with a subpar internet connection, you’re probably going to want to take some steps to rectify the issue.

Here are 12 simple steps to ensure you are getting the fastest speeds from your internet providers in Sydney.

1. Check your router

You want to be somewhat close to your router to ensure you are receiving its full signal. Also, check that the router is placed higher up as this way there will be fewer obstacles to receiving its signal.

2. Avoid using the microwave

This may sound a little whacky, but microwaves actually use the same frequencies as many wireless routers and modems (2.4GHz). This can interfere with your internet signal, so if you’re looking to reheat last night’s pasta while doing some important work, maybe wait until the job is done!

3. Close unnecessary apps

Any apps that you have open and are not using should be closed. Why? Because these unnecessary apps use up an unnecessary amount of bandwidth, potentially slowing your connection to the point where you lag behind the rest of your team!

4. Unplug phones when using a copper connection

If you are connected to the NBN and have a copper connection, it might be a good idea to unplug any landlines that may be interfering with the signal. Also, you can try plugging your modem into different phone outlets. This way you can potentially get better speed from a plug that has a better connection to where the phone line enters your home.

5. Consider kooky meeting times

Meetings don’t have to start right on the hour or half hour, do they? This is when most people are starting their meetings and this can interfere with the connection. Try starting a meeting at 9:48am instead of 10:00am – you’d be surprised at the difference.

6. Try offline editing

You can download documents to edit them “offline” instead of editing them “online”. Editing online can use up a sizable amount of bandwidth, and it’s worth considering the alternative.

7. Cut down on music streaming

If you can cut down on music streaming – do it. If you’re working from home or the office, why not go back to the old school and play some CDs? Or even get that old record player going? Music streaming can really impede on bandwidth, and there are great options for avoiding it!

8. Unplug or turn off unnecessary devices

Certain devices that are connected but not in use can use up bandwidth. Disconnect unnecessary devices when they are not in use.

9. Send the kids outside to play

Because if your kids are sitting around watching silly videos all day, this can use up a lot of bandwidth. Try getting the kids to play outside or play a game that doesn’t involve the internet.

10. Reduce video resolution

Doing things like lowering resolution speeds, muting your microphone when not talking and disabling video during online meetings can increase bandwidth.

11. Enter turbo mode

Certain browsers can accommodate for a “turbo mode” function that compresses data before delivering it to your connection. This function can help speed up certain internet tasks.