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- On a Windows computer, you can disable your custom DNS settings by going back into the connection Properties window and checking the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” box.
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- You can remove your custom DNS settings from a Mac by going back to the Advanced window for your connection, selecting a DNS address, and clicking the — below the DNS Servers part of the window.
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Tips to speed up your internet connection
There’s no one way to boost your internet speed. Your speed could be suffering from a number of unrelated reasons, so it’s in your best interest to explore as many avenues as possible. With each step you try, we also recommend re-running your speed tests to see whether or not you are achieving any noticeable results.
Tip #1: Turn off unused or extra internet-connected devices
In most cases, your unused internet-connected devices are sipping marginal amounts of your bandwidth. However, if you have multiple phones, tablets, smart TVs, computers, smart home devices, and video game consoles sharing your home network, all of that data usage can add up and result in reduced available bandwidth.
Additionally, you may think that your devices are sitting idle, but if they’re on, they’re likely still using data. Many devices are now set to automatically download and install updates as they become available. That’s not just system updates, either. That includes individual app updates. And if you’re running a lot of smart home devices, these may be drawing a large amount of bandwidth as they are often always on and will likely automatically install firmware updates.
As such, you could have multiple devices downloading updates regularly and simultaneously throughout the day without your knowledge.
Hopefully, you ran a few speed tests beforehand under normal conditions. Now, try going through your house and turning off the majority of your internet-connected devices, or at a minimum, turning off the wifi connection on those devices. Run your internet speed tests again and look to see if you can notice any uptick in download speeds.
To show you what we mean, I purposefully streamed videos from three different sources at the same time: a mobile device, a laptop, and a smart TV. Here was my speed test result:
And here’s the result after turning off all of the videos streams and shutting off two of the devices (smartphone and smart TV):
That’s a 37.5 percent increase in my internet speed. Keep in mind that I also earlier stated I’m paying Comcast for up to 100 Mbps. I’m clearly not getting anywhere close to that, even at 2:00 in the afternoon on a Thursday, which is still within the off-peak hours.
Nevertheless, shutting down some of your always-on internet connected devices should help free up some bandwidth, and in some cases, help with buffering issues.
Alternative DNS ServicesSometimes it is not entirely up to your Internet Service Provider ISP to increase or decrease your internet speed. It is your DNS service that needs to be changed. Today we will show you how you can change your default DNS, set by your ISP, to an alternative free DNS service. This will help you upgrade the speed of the internet.
- Changing to a different DNS server may be illegal in your country or against your workplace’s rules. Make sure that you aren’t violating any laws or rules by changing your Internet’s default DNS servers.
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