How to Work Around a Slow Internet Connection

April 1, 2021


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In the technology world few problems are as annoying as having a bad internet connection. Whether you are working, streaming a movie, or taking an online class, slow internet is not a pleasant experience. 

Here are some suggestions for working around a bad internet connection:

Try a different device or website 

If your laptop is having connection problems, check if your smartphone can connect to the internet. If only one device is unable to connect, you need to troubleshoot with that specific device. For a laptop, you might have to reset the network adapter or restart the computer. With mobile devices, check if Wi-Fi is enabled and whether you are connected to the right SSID. 

It would also be advisable to try another website. If you are able to access other sites, then the problem is with the initial site you were trying to visit. In such a case, you might have to wait for them to sort out issues on their end.

Check your internet package. 

When you experience slow internet, visit a site such as and conduct a speed test. The results will show you the speed of your device in terms of megabits per second (mbps). From here, go to your internet service provider’s website and check your package. If the speed indicated on your package matches the speed test, then you are getting what you paid for. If you feel it is too slow, then you might have to upgrade to a higher-tier plan. 

Scan for viruses 

Malicious code on your computer or laptop could slow down your internet connection and affect the overall system performance. Use antivirus software like Webroot to scan for malware, viruses and spyware.

Turn off bandwidth-hogging programs.

On Windows, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager. Click on the Networking tab to see the programs using up your bandwidth. On a Mac, press Command+Space to open the ‘Activity Monitor.’ If a certain task (like downloading a large file) is using up a lot of bandwidth, you can cancel it or wait until the process is finished.

Complete tasks offline and then upload. 

Many people have been struggling with slow internet connections since COVID-19 due to multiple people sharing a connection and often streaming video conferencing apps at the same time. At these times, work strategically. If possible, perform tasks offline for 45-minutes, including responding to emails, and then connect for 15 minutes, allowing all emails to send and work to upload or sync. 


Besides fixing slow internet, IT experts can help fix technology problems that may pop up due to employees working remotely. Get in touch today to get a quote on fixing your issues and bringing your teams back together. 

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