If you often find yourself staring at a spinning circle in the middle of a blank screen, you’re either hypnotizing yourself, or more likely, your broadband connection’s slowing you down. With data centers in Singapore carrying a huge load on the back of the country’s emerging business industries, you can expect huge competition with bandwidth.
Competing in an online market will be very difficult if your business continues to utilize slow connections. Having difficulty getting those speeds up? Here are a few tips that can help you:
- Get to know your broadband
Check the specifications of your modem. What is your maximum speed? Oftentimes, speeds will be hyped when advertised. For example, an ad would say “with speeds up to 17 Mb”, which would most likely mean that regular speeds would be slower. The same applies for fiber connections. If you are unsure of how fast your connection actually is, run a speed test. Like a doctor running tests in order to provide the best diagnosis, and eventually a cure, speed tests can help identify how bad the situation is, or if there is even a situation to begin with. You might’ve just been running at the best possible speeds your broadband connection can afford.
- Stay updated
Check all your apps and programs for updates. Browsers are being updated all the time and using the most recent versions can greatly reduce download times and time spent idle while surfing the net. Not only should you check and update your browser, check your anti-virus software as well. Viruses and worms can cause your device to slow down. Keeping your security updated can help prevent this from happening. With all your programs updated, explore and customize their settings for optimum performance. If after all these updates and changes your browser and anti-virus software continue to underperform, consider switching altogether.
- Fix wiring and sockets
With all the buzz with the latest gadgets and software, wiring and sockets are often forgotten. Consider them as the blood and bone of your connection. Poorly maintained extension cables are among the major causes of slow broadband speeds. Consult with experts and identify the best hardware to use so as to improve your connectivity.
- Talk with the experts
Most of the time, the simplest solutions are the best ones. If you are not getting the speeds promised by your ISP, give them a call. All ISPs have customer service and most of them have them available for your queries 24/7. Talk to them and explain to them in clear terms what the problem is. You can simply ask them to identify if there’s a problem with line and if there was, could they take steps to fix it. Inquire if there are new broadband promotions for business available as you might be enrolled in an outdated package. It is important for you to be clear and specific with your demands and patient and respectful in asking about them. Hot headedness will get you nowhere.
- Find something better
Now, if all else fail, maybe it’s time to move on. If despite all your effort to do the above, your broadband speeds still as slow as a turtle in a traffic jam, consider changing your ISP altogether. Search the net for top-rated ISPs. Check user feedback and recommendations from reputable sources. Sometimes all you need is thorough research to find the provider that can meet your business’s needs.
The important thing is to be knowledgeable. Always ask if what you’re getting is what your money’s worth, and if the speed’s not enough, take action! Don’t get left behind in the fast-paced online competition!