When using the internet for entertainment or studying or even for work, all of us require its stability and of course, the best internet speed as well. We all try to get the tariff, which includes all we may need, and internet speed takes the first place in the list of our requirements. Today, let us see how we can check our internet speed, how we can improve it and what are the reasons why your internet speed may be slow.
The internet plays one of the biggest roles in our lives nowadays. Due to the internet, we are able to do whatever we want, or at least, we can do many things in a much easier way via the internet. The most primitive one is getting information from different main sources very fast or simply watching movies without leaving home, but also, some people may even get a job through the internet.
There are so many benefits of the internet and there are so many things we can do, and all these activities depend on how the internet works. Yes, it seems so easy to open a website, download some films, and spend the whole evening watching them with your family, for example. We may plan that since the morning, and when the time comes, we realize that the internet connection is too bad or the speed is too slow and that is when we start getting nervous because the whole evening is spoiled.
So, let us see what are the reasons for the internet speed to be slow, how can we fix them, what is the internet speed test and why do we need it?
Internet speed test in Nigeria
The easiest way to make sure that you are getting quality service from internet provider is to do a simple speed test. Firstl, we have to understand what the internet speed test is. In general, it is just a checker tool, which can be used for business as for individuals for tracking the internet broadband speed. In short, this tool just helps you to see how fast your internet broadband speed really is.
Some of the best internet speed checkers are:
They all work the same way. For example, speedtest.net is the most popular one across the world. All you have to do is click on the nearest testing area and begin the test. Make sure that you canceled all other operations on your device, the result will be more accurate then. It will take a few seconds and you will see the results. There will be three sets of numbers like Ping, Download speed, and Upload speed. You probably know what “download” and “upload” mean. The Ping result shows how long it takes for your data to make a round trip to the server.
Some of the most used ISPs in Nigeria like Smile, AirtelNG, Glo Mobile, Etisalat, Spectranet, Swift, MTN, ntel, Globacom etc. provide the average download speed in Nigeria, which is currently 9.63 Mbps and the average upload speed, which is 8.74.
In case, you have noticed something “weird” with your internet speed, you can simply check it via any of these online services. It takes only a few seconds and you will see the results and find out whether you should worry or not.
Why is the internet too slow?
As we said before, slow internet makes us nervous so often. But before thinking that you have chosen the wrong provider or something like that, try to learn all the possible reasons for that, maybe it is not what you think it is. Yes, sometimes speed issues are not easy to diagnose, but it is still better to know all the possible variants rather than just wasting your time on being nervous without doing something. Let us take a look at some of such reasons:
The position of the router. Sometimes, the reason for low speed is simply the wrong positioning of your Wi-Fi router. Yes, even the smallest shift in its positioning may cause slow working of the internet. So, it is very important to pick the right spot for the router.
Metal and concrete. The material where you put the router matters too because metals and concrete often block the Wi-Fi signal and that makes the internet speed slow. To solve this problem, you should simply avoid putting the router on such materials as metal and concrete. Also, make sure that there are no large objects which may block the router.
Distance. This is one of the most popular reasons why your internet is slow. It is clear, but a lot of people forget about that and blame something else for their “troubles” with the internet speed or connection. Just remember that the further your router is, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal is. The best option is to place the router as close to your electronic device as possible. If you cannot do that, try to place it at the center of your home at least, that may work too.
What should the internet speed be?
As we usually pay for good connection and the high speed of the internet, we are interested in getting what we pay for. It is not a welcome surprise when we pay for one service and we get something completely different. How can we be sure that our internet provider delivers the speed we are paying for?
There are some ways to check if you get what you pay for, we will try to explain it in a simple way so that you will not have any problems with that.
Find out what speed you actually pay for. What does it mean? It means that you should check whether you pay for such speed first of all. You will not get more than you are supposed to get, but you may get less. What can you do in this case? The first thing you should do is to check in with your ISP and see what maximum speed you should get. Or you can take a look at your recent bills and check the download speed and upload speed there. Sometimes, you are not able to see the information via ISP, in such a case, you have to go to the ISPs website and check the package options.
As you see, there is nothing difficult in working with such things as the internet connection and its speed. And it is so easy to check whether what you pay for is actually what you get. So, next time you notice that something is wrong with your internet speed, do not be lazy, check it immediately, it will not take too long, and in case something is really wrong, you know what to do. Good luck with it.