Internet Articles - Get the Best From Your Broadband

by DANIEL COLLINS - Date: 2010-08-12 - Word Count: 450 Share This!

If you are thinking about getting broadband in your home, or are considering switching provider, then doing a spot of research can stand you in good stead and save you money in the long term.

There are several handy things you can do in and around your home to maximise the broadband service you receive. If you think your broadband service is slowing down then check the speed of your existing subscription.

Speeds of around 2mb were common when broadband was first introduced but current speeds rest anywhere between 8mb and 20mb and even beyond if you want a super-fast service. Fibre optic broadband cabling is being introduced in the United Kingdom and this will give users speeds of up to 100mb so look out for this if connection speed is top of your priority list.

The quality of the cabling you use, as well as your modem, will affect the speed of your internet connection. You can buy high capacity cables and modems, both online or on the high street, and see if this makes a difference.

Using a quality Microfilter, which splits your phone line and broadband connection, can work wonders too.

When it comes to your router you should make sure it is password protected so anyone in close vicinity cannot access the internet through your network. If no one lives in close vicinity to your house this may not be a top priority but it is a worthwhile task, especially from a security point of view.

Encrypting your router is usually a straightforward affair and it is best to simply follow your manufacturer's guidelines. Set up a password to protect your network and make sure no-one else is benefiting from the connection you are paying for as this would slow down the speed you receive in your home.

It is also worth remembering that there are specific times of the day when the internet is being used by more people overall and this can lead to slower speeds. If you have any large files to download then it might be worth waiting until an off-peak time, such as late at night, to download them.

If you are thinking about changing your broadband provider, or are getting broadband for the first time, remember you can often subscribe via a service you already receive. For example, Sky television customers can benefit from special deals and offers on home broadband.

If you sign-up for Sky television then you may be able to benefit from free broadband as well as free evening and weekend calls to landlines in the United Kingdom. Offers like this are fairly common so it pays to shop around before making your final decision.

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