Everyone wants a decent internet connection, whether it be for playing video games or going into a Zoom meet with your coworkers or classmates. Sadly, lag can get in the way. It freezes up your player and you get killed while you're lagging because you can't do anything, or your boss cuts off frequently and you can't understand him/her. It's also just frustrating if you try to go online for school or at-home work, and everything takes forever, if ever, to load. Try these troubleshooting tips, listed below:
Whenever possible, use ethernet wired connections. Ethernet is a wired connection to your router via a cable
(usually blue, yellow or white), and not only is it more secure because the wifi connection is automatically encoded (versus wifi having to encode data and then decode it at the computer's end), it's also faster because you're connected directly to your router. Chromebooks don't have ethernet ports, but you can find
Ethernet to USB adapters
on Amazon. They have an Ethernet port on one side and a USB port on the other, allowing even Chromebooks to have the advantages of Ethernet!
If you can't or don't want to use an ethernet connection or just prefer the convenience of wifi,
try making an aluminum can wifi booster.Aluminum reflects wifi signals, so the direction you place the cans in, the better the wifi signal in that area!
(WARNING: Doing this will reduce wifi signal behind the cans, so either place them strategically or put your router in a corner of the house where there is no need for wifi behind it.)
Close excess tabs. More tabs = slower computer, slower computer = more lag.
Get a new router/modem. Old things don't work as well as newer things, and the same principle goes for your modem and router. Not only will they slow down over time from excess use, parts from seven years ago generally don't work as well as parts from six months back. Replacing your router with a newer one can make all the difference in internet speed. If possible, try getting a router with 5GHz support. It has less wireless range but much, much higher download and upload speeds. Also, try looking for a router that supports beamforming, which is when a wifi router directly sends wifi to nearby devices instead of just broadcasting a signal everywhere- it allows for more concentrated wifi speed and also increases wifi range a bit.
Try to limit the number of devices online at a given time. The more devices online at a time, the more bogged down your router gets. This causes slower internet for everyone, not just you. Try working out an agreement with your family on when who can go online and at what times. You can also go to your router and set up a parental control lock of a sort, which restricts certain IP addresses from using the Internet during certain hours. (Enter your router's IP address into the search bar, log in with the username and password on your router, and go to the parental controls feature, or anything similarly named.)
Sit closer to the router. Wifi strength determines internet speed. Because of this, the further away from the router you are, the more the wifi strength degrades.
Scenario time: You wake up and look at your alarm. It's five minutes before your Zoom meeting and you aren't ready. You turn on your computer to let it boot up while you change your attire, brush your teeth, and mutter the whole time, "Why didn't I set my alarm yesterday?" You go back to your computer, log in and rush straight to the Zoom application, only to find that your computer starts glitching, lagging and won't respond to anything you do. Mouse input? Nada. Touchscreen? Nope. Keyboard? Sorry. You start panicking. Now your boss is going to yell at you, and you were supposed to give your presentation today... Oops.
You'll need to force shutdown your computer. ANY UNSAVED WORK WILL BE LOST. Press and hold the power off button for 10 seconds. Your computer will shut off, as normal. You can then power it back on and head for Zoom. You'll be late, but at least you won't be absent!