Everything you wanted to know about the ‘Router is slow issue’
Imagine a situation in which you had some urgent work to do before you reached office and the slow Internet connection wouldn’t just let you do it. Imagine further that using the same ISP, the Internet connection is just fine with your next door neighbor! Damn… life couldn’t be unkind than this. You will now have ideally two options to choose from. Either you sit and curse the situation or start to mend it for yourself. To be able to do the latter, you need some technical knowhow; you will have to have some information that could help you to identify, study the issue, and then try out solutions to fix it. Well, here we are. iYogi tech experts are well versed in troubleshooting all kinds of Internet problems; we can fix your slow connectivity issue in no time. If you are using a router for accessing the Internet, chances are, the problem could be a result of the router not functioning properly.
Why does a router go slow?
A router may not work properly – perform sluggishly, drop connections, or fail to establish a connection entirely – due to a number of reasons. Over use, overheating, error in the hardware or router software, outdated router firmware and so on are just a few of the reasons to name. To begin troubleshooting the slow router issue, you need to:
Check if the WI FI network is clogged due to multiple connections:
This is the first check and typically should be able to fix your problem. It is commonplace that multiple WI FI connections in the home or office vicinity can slow down your router frustratingly. Microwave ovens and other kitchen appliances, cordless phones, and even baby monitors work on the same 2.5 GHz band as your router. So, if there are multiple electronic products using the same channels, your router’s speed might get affected. An easy fix for this solution would be to switch off some of the appliances to clear the signals or change the router channels. The latter may require technical assistance as you will have to modify the settings from the device’s set up control. Don’t worry, simply call iYogi*.
Check if the equipment in use is faulty:
Another common reason for slowing down your router can be faulty equipment, such as the Ethernet cables, which connect the router to the modem or PC or any other device. If a cable is broken or damaged, it may lead to this router issue. Replace the cable and set the connection as it was previously.
Make sure that the configuration of the router is proper:
Many a times, an accidental setting modification also results in the slow router issue. To undo the settings and bring the router to its earlier working conditions, you will have to configure it properly. You need to be careful while doing this because unless you bring the router settings on page with the ISP’s recommended settings, things will only worsen. If you have recently reset the router, it may have changed the settings to its factory default. Modify the settings accordingly and it should start to work fine… If you aren’t confident of modifying the settings yourself, get in touch with an iYogi tech expert and let us do it for you.
Verify that there isn’t a dead spot in your home or office:
Have you lately moved the position of the router? It is highly possible that you may have placed it in a ‘dead spot’ of your home or office. A dead spot is a location where WI FI signals simply don’t reach. If this is true, try relocating it to a better position and check the Internet connection once again.
Confirm that your router’s firmware isn’t outdated:
As already mentioned, this is a pretty common reason that slows a router and bugs a user. You can easily update the firmware by visiting the official website of the router manufacturer. Should you face a technical hurdle while doing it, iYogi tech experts can help you do it effectively and efficiently.
*The router is slow issue isn’t a rare chance and does not require you to be a geek to be able to resolve it. However, you surely need to have a certain comfort level while you are trying the fixes yourself because, if at all you falter even at a step, things may go beyond your control. So, it is advisable that you seek professional help and guidance to modify settings, go in for an update, or while configuring a new router. iYogi Certified Technicians are working round the clock and are waiting to serve you…