How to speed up your broadband

How to speed up your broadband
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Fingers crossed that faster broadband speeds aren't something you often have to think about. After all, if you've got the right connection for your needs, speed won't be an issue. 

However, we often find that many people who want to stream the best HD films or game online without lag are often disappointed by their broadband speed; particularly in instances where they're receiving a speed at the lower end of their provider's advertised range.  

If your broadband contract is coming to a close, then the solution is simple: check out the best broadband deals near you, switch provider and find a faster connection. 

However, if you're midway through a contract or you don't particularly want to change provider, then the solution is slightly more complex. Thankfully, you may still be able to get faster speeds. Let's take a look at how.

How can I speed up my broadband?

Before doing anything it's a good idea to conduct a broadband speed test to see how fast – or slow – your current connection is. 

At this point, you should also check your contract with your internet service provider. This will state your minimum guaranteed speed. If you're not receiving the advertised speed and your provider cannot fix the issue within 30 days, they must offer you the right to exit your contract without being penalised.

If you are receiving the speeds detailed in your contract but you don't think your connection is quick enough, you can try and take action. For example, if you have lots of devices connected, then they'll all be using up bandwidth. So, start by disconnecting the devices you no longer use. If you only have essential devices connected, you could receive faster speeds. 

Realistically though, we understand you probably still regularly use most of the devices you have connected. Plus, any speed increases you experience from disconnecting other devices will likely be minimal. However, it is a starting point. 

If your speed is still slow, or you find your connection is particularly slow in certain rooms, then try purchasing a Wi-Fi booster, extender or repeater. These will extend your signal throughout your home. 

If the speed you're receiving still isn't quick enough for your needs, then it may be worth considering leaving your contract early and switching provider or cancelling your deal and choosing a new one from the same provider. However, you should be aware that there's usually a cost associated with this. 

If you review your contract and decide you're happy to pay any early exit fees because the speeds you're receiving aren't suitable, then it's well worth checking out our broadband deals page.

Which deal is right for me? 

If you're much more concerned about speed than price, then you should take a look at some fibre broadband deals and full fibre broadband deals. These will provide you with some of the fastest speeds on the market. 

There are lots of options out there for you to check out, from hard-wired 'superfast' BT Broadband to Virgin Media broadband, who offer speeds of more than 1,000Mbps. 

And, if you're not too sure which is right for you, take a look at the best broadband deals in your area below: 

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Luke Edwards

Luke is a freelance writer and editor with over two decades of experience covering tech, science and health. Among many others he writes across Future titles covering health tech, software and apps, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and plenty more. He also likes to climb mountains, swim outside and contort his body into silly positions while breathing as calmly as possible.

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