Sometimes, slow internet is the universe’s way of telling you to go play outside — and sometimes it feels like a cruel joke to destroy your productivity. Here are 10 ways to troubleshoot, fix or just survive a slow internet connection.
10. Check Your Speeds (And Your Plan)
If you’re stuck in an area where pair-gain means ADSL is your only option, slow speed is going to be a fact of life. If your connection promises ADSL2 but you never get above 1MBps, it might be time to complain to your provider.
9. Troubleshoot Your Hardware
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8. Fix Your Wi-Fi Signal
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7. Turn Off Bandwidth-Hogging Plugins And Apps
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6. Try A New DNS Server
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5. Optimise Your Web For A Slow Connection
setting up a secondary browser
4. Work Smart
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3. Call Your ISP
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2. Find A New Provider
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1. Use Your Time Productively