When your computer slows down, it is all too easy to blame your AT&T Internet Service. The truth is that some of the problems could be on your end, not theirs. Old computers, old software or even wireless interference are all things that can slow down your Internet connection.
Luckily there are some easy thing you do which will help ensure that the slow down isn’t on your end.
8 Steps to Improving Your AT&T Internet Service
Follow these tips to try and fix your issues.
1. Update Your Web Browser
- To update Firefox go to Tools > Options, then select the ‘Advanced’ and go to the update tab. Then tell it to automatically install updates.
- If you need an update in Google Chrome then the little dashed lines on the upper right side of your browser menu will change from black to a color. To update the browser click on the bars and select ‘update’.
- To update Microsoft Explorer go to the Tools menu and select ‘Windows Update’
2. Moving Your Wireless
A lot of things can impact your wireless signal, including doors and walls. So if your wireless signal is sluggish try moving your router. Generally, the closer you are to the router, the better your connection will be.
3. Tweak Your Wireless Settings
A router has a lot of different settings that can affect your wireless signal, which can be adjusted to help you get the best speeds. One of the most common fixes is to change is your channel. If you and a neighbor are using the same channel for your wireless signal, then the conflict will cause interference for both of you.
It is suggested that you read your router manual to determine what the best tweaks and setting for your unit and situation will be.
Check your security settings. If you haven’t secured your wireless signal, then you left yourself open for a whole boatload of trouble. Anybody can come along and use your Internet. Not only can they do illegal things on your IP address, but they are also using up your bandwidth. Password protect your Wi-Fi!
5. Kill Applications
There are a lot of programs on your computer and you are probably only familiar with a small handful of them. Many of them can eat up your bandwith and also your computing power without you ever realizing it. Your bandwidth is eaten up Windows updates, instant chats, Skype, open websites, and program updaters. Some programs ask permission to run, others just run in the background.
To find out what is running on your system, click Ctrl+Alt+Del. This will give you the task manager and show you everything that is running on your system at that moment. Make a list of everything you don’t know, and shut down the ones you know and don’t need. Then go online and look up the ones you weren’t familiar with, you might find that you don’t need them.
6. Clean Your Startup
Remember those programs we just looked at? Well a lot of those will automatically start every time you boot your computer and you don’t need them. Go to your windows icon and find your search box, then type ‘msconfig’ into the search box. A box should pop up in the middle of your screen. Select the tab labeled ‘Startup’ and you will see a list of programs.
Every program that has a check mark next to it will start when your computer boots. Turn off the ones you don’t need, you can always manually activate the program when you need it.
7. Stop Using Wireless
A wireless connection will always be slower than a wired one. If you are already in the room with your router or modem and complaining about the connection speed then why not invest a few dollars in an ethernet cable and plug your unit directly into the Internet. Voila! Instant speed boost!
8. Call Your Provider
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If after all this, you still have problems with your AT&T Internet Service then maybe it is time to talk to your provider. It could be that you have a bad modem or router, or it could be a problem on their end. Have them verify the speed outside your home and compare it to the speed inside, that should give you an idea of where the problem lies.
If you are still having problems with your AT&T Internet service, you can always look at different providers in your area and see what they offer.