Are you suffering from slow internet speeds at home?
Connectivity drops, bottlenecks, lagged content streaming and downloads, and slow speeds are all common problems with home internet services — and it may not be the fault of your internet service provider (ISP). True, the routers typically provided by ISPs are basic and may not be able to handle modern-day data demands, but there are ways to improve your speed relatively easily in 2023.
Below, we explore common reasons why your internet might be slow and offer suggestions for fixing them.
What causes slow internet?
While there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question, the router is often the root cause. Your router may be outdated or in an inconvenient location to effectively reach your office computer, laptop, or appliances. Routers, modems, and mesh networks (if you have one) can also be overwhelmed with connections and require a good old restart. Worst case scenario, your ISP could be guilty of bandwidth throttling.
What is a good internet speed?
A “good” internet speed depends on your needs. If you simply want to check and send work emails on time, stream the new show you’re binging, or Google a quick question, 30Mbps would be a “good” internet speed. 50 to 100Mbps are “good” for those working from home, gaming, or wanting to stream in HD — if these speed levels are available in your area.
If multiple people in your house are surfing and streaming at the same time, 50Mbps and above is ideal.
What is the average US internet speed?
Ookla estimates the median internet download speed in the US as 195Mbps and an upload speed of 22.78Mbps. The fastest providers are T-Mobile and Verizon.
The FCC has provided a guide outlining the estimated minimum speeds required for activities including Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, gaming, and streaming.
What internet speed is considered slow?
Less than 25Mbps is generally considered a slow connection in 2023.
How do I test my internet speed?
Getting an accurate test of your internet speed can require multiple diagnoses to get a reliable reading, but it is simple and possible to do. Check out some of our top picks for the best internet speed tests.