Campus Hacks: 4 Factors That Could Be Slowing Down Your Internet Speed

What internet speed do I need?First things first! Internet speed, or ‘bandwidth’, is expressed in Megabits per second, or Mbps. Here’s the bandwidth some common tasks require:
  • Skype HD video call: 1.5Mbps
  • General web browsing: 3Mbps
  • High Definition (720p) video streaming: 5Mbps
  • 4K video streaming: 25Mbps
What internet plans are available?
There are lots of data plans that can go for you. If you’ve got multiple people using your connection and doing many things at once, you’ll need more bandwidth to accommodate them all. So choose from a plan that suits your needs and the size of your household and consumption.
What is slowing down my internet?Here are four major factors that may be affecting your internet speed, and what you can do about it:
1. Connection type
Your internet speed depends largely on the type of connection you have. There are various types of internet connection available to personal, households, offices consumption  in Nigeria:

  • 1. T1 – DS1
    2. T3 – DS3
    3. Dedicated Fixed Wireless
    4. Ethernet over Copper – EoC
    5. Dedicated Fiber – EoF, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Metro Ethernet
Between them there’s a lot of different technologies used and that means different speeds. 
2. Network congestion
When everyone’s online, the internet can slow down. Modern networks are designed to handle a high volume of connections, but you may still experience reduced speed during peak hours of internet usage – you might just be able to point the finger at your Netflix-loving neighbours!
Network congestion is generally most common in the evening when more people in your area are at home and online. It’s the same issue closer to home in large offices & households when multiple people are using the one internet connection – more people online means everyone is more likely to experience slow speeds.
3. Wi-Fi issues
Is your router slowing you down? While the convenience of Wi-Fi has seen its popularity grow over the last 15 years, wired connections – when your computer is connected to your modem with a physical cable – remain faster. If you’re connecting to the internet using Wi-Fi, here are some reasons you may be experiencing speed issues:
Router Location: Router location is an important choice that makes a big difference. Things to consider are the distance from your devices, the router’s height from the ground, and its proximity to dense materials like concrete and metal that can block Wi-Fi signals. For best results we recommend putting your router in the location where internet is used most frequently, above ground level, and away from walls or obstructions.
Interference: Even though Wi-Fi is usually on a different frequency than most devices in your home, office's, schools, there’s still potential for those devices to cause interference, resulting in slower speeds. Some devices that may be causing interference are microwaves, Bluetooth devices and even Christmas lights. Find the culprit by switching devices off to see if it affects your internet performance.
Neighbours: Similarly, areas with a large amount of Wi-Fi networks, such as an apartment building, may suffer from poor signal strength because of conflicting frequencies. Wifi routers have a number of channels that can transmit at different frequencies – if you have a slow connection that’s caused by a neighbour’s router using the same channel, changing your router’s to another one can help. To do this, you’ll need to connect to the router’s admin tool from your computer – your router’s instruction manual will have instructions on how to do this.
4. Your plan
The speed of plan you choose from your internet service provider is the single most important factor affecting overall internet speed. Remember, when choosing a  plan, you have the choice of plans capable of achieving the internet  speed you desire. This is because every IPS & and it's data plans in Nigeria differs and offers different satisfaction. So choose your data plan wisely.

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