Yes, ISPs Really Can Throttle Your Internet Connection, Making Wi-Fi Slower

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This story is part of Home Tips, CNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

If you’re experiencing frustratingly slow internet speeds, the culprit could be an outdated router or a less-than-ideal router location. Your connection issues could require an easy fix, like upgrading to a mesh network or simply restarting your modem and router. But if you’ve already attempted many of the tried-and-true methods and your internet speeds are still subpar, the issue might be due to something your internet service provider is intentionally doing: bandwidth throttling.

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Slow Wi-Fi? Your ISP Might Be Throttling Your Internet Connection

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This story is part of Home Tips, CNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

If you’re experiencing frustratingly slow internet speeds, the culprit could be an outdated router or a less-than-ideal router location. Your connection issues could require an easy fix, like upgrading to a mesh network or restarting your modem and router. But you may also be able to blame your slow Wi-Fi on something your internet service provider is intentionally doing: bandwidth throttling.

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Yes, you read that right. Your ISP could be making your Wi-Fi slower

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Fiber Versus 5G: Why the Wired Connection Still Reigns

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There’s no doubt you’ve heard of 5G by now, and for good reason. The tech upgrade has promised cellular speed boosts of up to 10 to 100 times faster than the previous generation. It’s so fast and powerful that the wireless signals can serve double duty, delivering both cellular connectivity and home internet service — in turn, that could bring high-speed broadband to underserved areas and some much-needed competition to others.

But while 5G and what it can do for your new smartphone is certainly impressive, don’t count on it to replace your home Wi-Fi service just yet, especially

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How to fix your slow internet: 11 ways to speed up your connection

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The only kind of slow speeds we want to see around here. 

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Are you suffering from slow internet speeds at home?

With so many of us now spending a substantial amount of time at home, especially when multiple people are in the same property, the fight for capacity can lead to a host of connectivity issues. 

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 provider. 

Also: How to optimize your network for remote work and

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Sorry, Your Internet Connection Is Slow

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How fast is your Internet connection? The days of 56K modems are — thankfully — long gone for most of us. But before you get too smug with your gigabit fiber connection, have a look at what researchers from the Network Research Institute in Japan have accomplished. Using a standard diameter fiber, they’ve moved data at a rate of 1 petabit per second.

The standard fiber has four spatial channels in one cladding. Using wavelength division multiplexing, the researchers deployed a total of 801 channels with a bandwidth over 20 THz. The fiber distance was over 50 km, so

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Protect Your Internet Connection with This Decentralized VPN and Firewall Hardware

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This portable device goes beyond a typical VPN.

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For small businesses, cybersecurity is a more important priority than ever. Most small businesses probably couldn’t survive a significant data or financial breach. One of the most foundational security measures you can take is investing in a VPN. But VPNs come with some strings attached, like annoying subscription fees or unclear privacy policies. If you want a lifetime VPN solution that gives you comprehensive, uncompromising protection, it’s time to meet Deeper Connect Mini Decentralized VPN & Firewall Hardware.

Deeper Connect Mini is

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