The fiber optic installer has left the house and you are ready to experience the blazing gigabit speeds you are now paying for. So you fire up your computer, connect to the internet, and… it’s as slow as ever! What went wrong?
It could be a lot of things. The connection between your computer and the worldwide internet is like a pipe. A huge pipe may be connected to your house, but if the interior pipes are small or clogged, or if the faucet is almost closed, not much water is going to flow. If a huge leak is diverting water to the basement floor, not much is going to get to the faucet.
The secret is to ensure that every element between the your home’s internet connection and your computer’s screen is capable of handling your maximum speed. So let’s take a look at the things that can throttle that speed and what you can do about them. We’ll start from the outside and work our way in.