Check Your Speeds (and Your Plan)
Sometimes, your internet is slow because you’re only paying for slow internet. Log onto your provider’s web site (or give them a call) and find out the Speed Internet Connection. Then, head on over to Speedtest.net and run a speed test. If the numbers match up to what you’re paying for, then your network is working fine and you’re just paying for slow internet—and the best way to speed it up will be to upgrade. (Though some of the below tricks will help you eke out a bit more speed). If the numbers don’t match, read on for a few ways to fix that problem.
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CHANGE YOUR ROUTER SETTINGS
Now that you know which DNS is best for you, you need to change the settings on your router. That improves all the gadgets on your network & Speed Internet Connection.
To edit your router settings, you’ll need to open your browser and type in your router’s IP address and enter your username and password. You can find out your router’s default IP address and login information in the router manual.
Once you access the router’s settings, take a look under the basic settings. You should see fields for Primary DNS and Secondary DNS. Write down both of the IP addresses in case you need to go back to them later.
Next, replace the existing IP addresses with the Primary and Secondary IP addresses from Namebench’s “Recommended configuration” box. Then Save your router settings and log out.
If you don’t have a router, you can change the DNS settings right on your computer. For Windows, look under Start>>Control Panel>>Network and Internet>>Network and Share Center. Click the “Manage network connections” link on the left.
Right-click on the Local Area Connection icon and select Properties. Under the Networking tab, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 and click the Properties button.
Under the General tab, click “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the DNS addresses provided by namebench. Then click OK.
On a Mac, go to System Preferences>>Network. Click the lock icon in the lower left corner and enter your password.
Select Built-in Ethernet and click Advanced. Select the DNS tab and click the + icon. Add the DNS addresses from namebench and put them at the top of the list. Click Apply and OK.
Secure your Wi-Fi
If your Wi-Fi is not password protected, anyone can use it. This means that people might be logging onto your network without you knowing, causing speeds to drop as a result.
Fortunately, most providers now automatically supply you with a password-protected router, but if you don’t have one set up, or have turned the password off, secure your network immediately.
To do this:
- Open up your router settings by entering its IP address into your web browser. That’s a number that will typically be printed on the router itself somewhere, and look like this:192.168.0.1.
- You may need to log in – the admin password and username will also often be printed on the router, but if it isn’t, check with your provider for further instructions. From your settings you can set up a password and secure your Wi-Fi.
If you want more information about Wi-Fi, we have a whole guide on the subject: