It is a much more normal problem than it may seem, in fact I think that almost all of us have suffered on more than one occasion the problem of slow Wi-Fi. You are using your smartphone, your laptop or any other device connected to your network and, suddenly, you see that the Internet page you want to visit does not finish loading, or that the movie you were watching in streaming stops or pixelates until an unbearable level.
Behind slow Wi-Fi there can be many different problems, but luckily in most cases we can solve it in a simple and effortless way, as long as we know exactly what we have to do.
In this article we want to delve into that question, and we are going to share with you a series of recommendations that will help you solve the problems that may be behind slow Wi-Fi. We are going to give you an ordered list so that you put into practice each advice following the attached list. The reason is simple, there is no sense to start messing around if we are not sure that the connection provided by our IPS is fine (if the problem comes from this we will not be able to do anything, just wait for it to solve it).
Slow Wi-Fi: A Look at Possible Causes
This problem can manifest itself in many different ways. For example, it is possible that we have spent several hours enjoying a very good speed and that we suddenly notice a huge drop that prevents us from continuing with what we were doing, or that only occurs at specific times and times.
If we find any of those two situations that slow Wi-Fi may be due to the presence of intruders on our network, that come at specific times to consume our bandwidth, which explains that loss of performance, although there is also the possibility that there has been a momentary drop in service and that the culprit is our provider.
In the event that we have slow Wi-Fi permanently, the causes can be diverse: intruders on our network that use it constantly, malware infection, external interference and service failures They are usually the most common.
First step: check the status of your connection
It is basic, we must check that our connection works correctly because this will allow us to rule out that slow Wi-Fi is due to problems associated with our Internet provider.
The easiest way to check the status of our Internet connection is perform a speed test, as speedtest for example. If we see that delays occur during the process, We notice that there are very marked peaks or even stops, or some of the tests (down and up) do not finish satisfactorily or abnormally low speeds are registered, most likely we have a connection problem linked to our provider.
If the problem comes from the provider, we cannot do anything, it will be the provider that will have to solve those problems. In case you have doubts get in touch with him directly, it is the simplest.
Step two: malware analysis
A very quick and easy measure to implement, so much so that it is worth putting it into practice. confirm that the problem does not come from our provider.
As many of our readers will know, malware infections are one of the most common problems when it comes to slow Wi-Fi. If you have suffered an infection and you have not realized it, it is likely that you have some type of malicious software consuming network resources, and that this affects your connection and causes that slowness.
Normally, it is enough to carry out a security analysis and eliminate the malware. Windows 10 incorporates Windows Defender, a free tool that has improved significantly in recent years to become a truly effective and reliable antimalware solution, so we can use it to solve this problem.
Step Three: Background Applications
This step is also very simple. Background apps that consume bandwidth They represent another frequent cause of significant performance losses that such slow Wi-Fi situations can cause.
It is not difficult to understand. If an app opens an update in the background and begins to discharge very heavily It will consume the bandwidth of your Internet connection, and you will experience considerable slowness.
To solve this problem, you just have to look for background applications that may be consuming bandwidth. It is very easy, you enter the “Task Manager” and you look in the «Processes» tab, there you will find all the active processes and you will see the resource consumption of them. The ones that register the most use of the network are the ones that you will have to delete.
Step Four: rule out the presence of intruders
Many users believe that it is impossible for them to have intruders on their Wi-Fi network, but the truth is that it is a more common problem than it may seem at first glance, in fact I suffered it myself at the time.
I have already told you about the case in other articles. For several days I noticed that my connection worked very badly, but it only happened during specific hours. I tried to solve the problem in several ways, but the culprit was a neighbor who had entered my Wi-Fi connection. I was overconfident as I didn’t think a neighbor could do that, but it was so.
To know for sure if we have unwanted guests on our Wi-Fi network we just have to enter the settings of our router (we introduce 192.168.0.1 in the browser and our user data) and see which devices have recently been connected. In this sense, certain manufacturers, such as AVM, offer free applications that allow us to completely monitor our Wi-Fi connection from any compatible PC, smartphone or tablet.
Have you found out that you have intruders? Well don’t worry, change the Wi-Fi password and voila, you will not be able to reconnect automatically.
Step Five: The Environment and the Router
Slow Wi-Fi can also be caused by a bad router placement. If we have placed it in a low position and surrounded by obstacles, it is likely that the Wi-Fi connection will lose intensity and performance significantly even before leaving the room where the router is located.
If this signal has to face, in addition, many obstacles and walls before reaching the place from which we want to connect to the Internet the problem will be even greater.
To solve this problem we just have to locate the router in a central, elevated and obstacle-free position. Leaving doors open and removing obstacles that may interfere with Wi-Fi can also make a big difference.