Why Is My High Speed Modem Slow?

by Hunkar Ozyasar

There are many reasons your Internet connection can seem slow. At times, your connection speed will be fine, but infections on your computer will slow things down, while at other times the actual data delivery to your computer will suffer.

Virus and Malware Infections

In today's "World Wild Web", as some experts call it, almost every personal computer gets infected with malware from time to time. These virus, adware and spyware programs will rob your processing power and make your connection speed appear slow even when there are no issues with your modem or data provider. In addition, these dangerous programs can send your personal information to hackers, while receiving ads from other web sites to display them as pop-ups or in other forms and use up your valuable bandwith in the process.

Excess Bandwidth Usage

Most Internet Service Providers (ISP) monitor your data use and will slow down your connection speed if they detect excess use. Many ISPs do not make this information public, but will openly admit to such a policy in broad terms. If your connection slows down after excess use, it may be your service provider intentionally slowing you down.

Wrong Settings

To take maximum advantage of your ISPs capabilities, your computer and modem settings must be correct. TCP/IP settings, selecting static versus dynamic IP addresses and using the accurate type of firewall are some issues to consider when tryning to maximize your speed. As these will depend on your specific ISP, contacting customer service is the fastest and easiest way to ensure that you have the right settings.

About the Author

Hunkar Ozyasar is the former high-yield bond strategist for Deutsche Bank. He has been quoted in publications including "Financial Times" and the "Wall Street Journal." His book, "When Time Management Fails," is published in 12 countries while Ozyasar’s finance articles are featured on Nikkei, Japan’s premier financial news service. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School.

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