Internet speed is a measurement of how fast information can be transferred from the Internet to your computer. Whether you can access dial up or broadband plans (cable and Digital Subscriber Lines – DSL), many factors affect speed. Some of these factors include:
Too Many Users. Extremely high volumes of connections can affect the speed of your own Internet connection.
Malware, Spyware and Viruses. Sometimes the files you download from the Internet can contain harmful software that can slow your Internet connection. Or, if your machine HAS a virus, this can dramatically affect internet browsing performance. Automatic updates on spyware and virus scanning programs helps detect and remove viruses.
Placement of Modems and Routers. Modems and routers placed on top of your computer, near an electrical outlet, or next to wires (including networking, telephone line and cable lines) can sometimes cause the speed of your Internet connection to be slow.
Your Computer. Older computers that have not been updated or maintained may not provide the best experience.
Cookies. When you visit websites, your browser collects information, such as search behavior, usernames and types of content. The information is stored on your hard drive in files known as cookies. Over time, cookies can affect your
Internet Speed. Deleting cookies, along with your browsing history, at least once a month can help prevent this problem.
Wireless Routers. A wireless router makes life easy only when it is set up properly. Make sure it is known good brand and capable of broadcasting the the speeds you are paying for. Set up your router in a central location. The closer you are to the router, the stronger and faster the signal will be. Setting your firewall properly will improve the speed as well.
Internet Variables. Actual Internet speeds will vary, depending on the distance the data travels coupled with how many servers it has to go through and the different speeds of each server. The amount of users transferring data in your location will also impact performance.
Amount of Memory (RAM). With each program you open, you are using up memory, leaving less memory available to receive the data.
Processor Speed. The processor speed—or the speed at which your computer executes and transfers instructions—is the other aspect that defines the speed of the computer, as well as its Internet connection. If you have a high Internet speed, but don’t have a high enough processor speed, the computer won’t be able to execute instructions fast, resulting in a slower speed of Internet interaction.