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


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If you’re experiencing frustratingly slow internet speeds, the culprit could be an outdated router or a less-than-ideal router location.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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How to fix your slow internet: 11 ways to speed up your connection


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


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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How to speed up slow laptop, computer for free


These simple and easy tips will speed up laptop or computer.

Does your laptop take longer than usual to load or becomes unresponsive? Technology has made us very dependent on laptops and computers for almost all our professional and personal work and whenever things like this happen, it tends to be quite frustrating. But have you ever checked why it takes longer than usual to load? There are certain factors that eventually slow down the laptop and computer including high CPU usage and most of the time, you can fix it yourself. The files can sometimes expand in size enough

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Alabama’s new ‘hardened’ laptop rule for vote-counting could slow process in Jefferson County


Changes that come with the use of new vote-tabulating computers could cause some delay in compiling and reporting results in next Tuesday’s primary in Jefferson County, Probate Judge James Naftel said.

Secretary of State John Merrill, who put the rules for the new computers in place, said they are an additional safeguard against hackers manipulating voting results.

Under the new rules, counties are required to load the voting results from precincts onto a stand-alone “hardened” computer that cannot be connected to the Internet.

Merrill said his office provided one “hardened” laptop to each county at a total cost of $247,000.

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