Sometimes, you realize that you are not getting the speed that your internet plan claims to offer. When your internet slows down, it affects your overall work routine, and you end up gathering a number of tasks that hamper your workflow. 

There are things that you can try to boost your internet speed, but make sure you know the in and out of cables and their placement in your home Wi-Fi network. 

Wi-Fi Signal Problem

Your computer might be receiving an unstable signal which is interrupting your work because the connection is dropping frequently. In this case, try to access the internet on your smartphone or tablet. If it works just fine, try to disconnect the wi-fi on Mac and then reconnect it after 20 seconds. 

To reset Wi-Fi network settings on Mac, turn off the connection and close all the browser tabs. Unplug the router from the power outlet. Leave it for 20 seconds and then plug it back. Turn it on and connect to the Wi-Fi network on your Mac. It may fix the problem. Alternatively, flush the DNS cache to make the internet work properly. 

Router Settings Configuration

To boost the signal strength, you can try to test different settings as it helps speed up the internet connection. Some advanced routers come with settings that enable you to prioritize bandwidth when you are streaming content or playing a video game. Turn off these entertainment settings to optimize router speed for normal tasks. 

Next, reset the RTS (Request to Send) threshold to clear the data transmission route before the data packet travels to it. Configuring the RTS threshold to a minimum count will help improve the Wi-Fi performance. A little tweak in settings allows data packets to travel smoothly while combating network reliability issues. 

Physical Connection Damage

When the network problems occur, we start thinking about the most complex resolutions while the fix to the problem at hand is much simpler. In most cases, it won’t even take anything more than a couple of seconds to get rid of the connection problem. Check for any hardware issues, such as loose connectors or defective cables. 

Damage in hardware equipment can cause friction in network equipment which further results in a slow network. The reason is that if the fiber-optic cable or the copper cable is broken, it will likely minimize the amount of data transit to ensure there’s no loss of packets throughout the route. 

Domain Name System Error

DNS, also known as Domain Name System, controls how the visitors find any website over the web. When you type a URL, the computer locates the IP address using the Domain Name System. This is when the error occurs most of the time, and the DNS fails to find the IP address associated with any website.

Other reasons that may cause DNS issues include bad configuration, high DNS latency, high time to live values, hardware breakdown, network failures, to name a few. You can try to bypass the DNS server by typing in the IP address manually instead of the URL. Either try to change the DNS server or flush the DNS cache as one of the potential fixes. 

IP Address Duplication

Two devices using the same IP address conflict, and you address the connection problems. It happens when there is an issue with the DHCP configuration settings and an IP address already in use by another device is assigned to a new device. The new device that you have recently added to your network may have a dedicated DHCP server. 

The problem may look technical and complicated, but the resolution is easy. Disabling the DHCP server settings in the new device will solve the problem as it will stop clashing with the IP address anymore. If the problem appears often, you can try to adjust the DHCP configuration in the router to fix the error. 

If You’re Using Windows

On a Windows computer, you can run the in-built Network troubleshooter to fix any network-related errors. If you are on Windows 10, click Start, go to Settings, tap Network & Internet, select Status. Then click on Change your network settings and tap on Network troubleshooter. 

On Windows 11, make sure to turn on the Wi-Fi before you move forward. Select Start, go to Settings, click Network & Internet, and then turn on Wi-Fi. Click on More options, select Show available networks, select the network you want to connect with, and click Connect. 

If You’re Using macOS 

On macOS Monterey, run Wireless Diagnostics to fix Wi-Fi-related issues. Quit all apps and try to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Press and hold down the Option key, click on the Wi-Fi status icon from the menu bar, and tap on Open Wireless Diagnostics. Next, follow the onscreen instructions as prompted.