Internet speed may vary

Why is internet speed fluctuating?

The speed measurement easily checks the quality of the provider

Certain fluctuations are quite normal for shared Internet connections, but they must not be such that you are restricted and the connection becomes almost unusable. The shared port is used by almost all ordinary users, the luxury of having your own port would be very expensive, but the aggregation simply has to be within acceptable parameters. So, firstly, take the speed measurement using one of the commonly available applications.

It is necessary to repeat the measurement several times (at different times of the day and night, as well as on weekdays and weekends) so that the resulting average is really meaningful. The speed measurement applications are free and you don't need any installation to use them. Simply visit the page where the measurement application is provided. During the measurement, not only monitor the values ​​of the data download (download), but also the data transmission (upload), for the online players the reaction (ping) is also extremely important.

You do not need to write down the measured values, in case you always carry out repeated measurements with the same program, the results of the measurements carried out are saved in the memory. So you can view them in the form of a graph or a table and get a reliable overview. When measuring, it is of course important that at the time of data collection (it doesn’t take long, it’s about a few seconds) the internet connection has not been used in any direction. Otherwise the results would of course be distorted and the data about the data transmission would not correspond to reality.

Started programs and applications

Leaving unused programs running on your computer could be another reason why your computer is slowing down and you think the connection speed is slow. Programs can be closed using the icon, but many programs are automatically restarted after a restart. To prevent this, you can do it very easily: In the program window, find the Tools entry in the menu, go to Options and then to PREPARATIONS and PREFERENCES. Find the entry labeled Launch at Windows Startup or something similar. Here you can prohibit programs from starting when the operating system starts and only start them manually when you want to use them. This applies, for example, to communication programs (Skype, etc.), which can sometimes significantly affect the speed.

Aggregation and connection overload

Aggregation can also have a major impact on speed if it exceeds a reasonable limit. To put it simply, aggregation means sharing the Internet connection with several users. Why do vendors use this type of participation? Having a connection just for yourself is a great and very expensive luxury, and it is often really unnecessary, so aggregation is used a lot. In this case, the providers can offer a larger number of applicants an acceptable price. However, when the aggregation gets higher, they prefer to put it somewhere below in the contract and in lower case. The value of the aggregation (ie the number of approved users for a connection) is always given as a 1: X ratio, with the letter X replaced by the number of users. A perfectly acceptable aggregation is up to a value of 1:10, but be careful, sometimes a value of 1:50 or even higher can be achieved. Then it is clear that during the so-called "peak", ie at a time when the number of connected users and users downloading and sending data is highest (usually around 18 to 23 hours), the connection speed will be considerably slower . The providers leave the back door open and indicate the speed in the contract in connection with the insidious word "BIS", which indirectly indicates that the speed indicated in the tariff indicated is the maximum of what can be expected and achieved on the connection , but definitely this speed is not stable. You should therefore check the aggregation in the contract and, if necessary, check with the provider that he has not made any changes that he "forgot" to notify you or that he has rascally announced in such a way that you have not even registered them. The solution can be to change the aggregation change on the part of the provider or the provider (on the part of your provider) if this cannot be resolved otherwise.

The router may also be guilty

The router can have a huge impact on the connection speed. If it's an old piece that has long been in the scrap metal or, at best, in a museum, don't try to find a solution and get yourself a new one. If you do not think that it can no longer process large amounts of data and that the required speed is beyond its capabilities, study the documentation (if you have hidden it) or carry out a comparison test with the connection of, for example, a borrowed modern router, the new technologies "can" and also mastered. And if the difference is big, just buy a new one, dissolved.

Sometimes restarting the router is enough, but that's usually the solution to a one-time problem. Before switching off, save the access data in case the router asks for it again after a restart. The router can also overheat. Didn't you move it to a place where it doesn't have enough air to cool for a reason? The solution can be a coaster, but if the required power is above the limit of the device, it is better to replace it with a more powerful one. Various obstacles can also be a problem for the transmission of the Wi-Fi signal, which can significantly weaken and limit the signal (metal reinforcements, nets, walls, etc.). If there are problems with the mobile device, use it where the signal is of sufficient quality or solve the problem by changing the router's location or adding another transmitter.