A slow home network can be very, very frustrating from time to time. But, there are some basic things, and some advanced things, that can be done in order to speed up the home computer network. The great thing is that most home computer networks are very easy to navigate and use, and thus are very easy to fix-up, clean-up and speed up, as well. The key ingredient when it comes down to it, is that the fastest part and busiest part of the home computer network is the internet connection. If you have a slow internet connection, then you know how problematic and annoying it can be. There are ways to cheat (i.e. the use of web accelerators) but, there are also some basic things you can do to increase the overall speed of your home computer network.
Step One: check out what kind of internet connections are available to you
This is a very basic, and very easy step. Just use your home computer in order to find out what internet connections are available in your network area, and which ones you are able to hook up and connect to. Fiber optic and cable internet connections tend to be much quicker than DSL connections and dial-up (which, pretty much does not exist anymore, anyway.) Wireless internet connections are somewhere in the middle- not as fast as fiber optic and cable, perhaps, but much quicker than DSL and dial-up connection methods. If you do not have many options from your home computer network, then you may want to go out and buy a new internet set-up, which will quicken it up and speed up the network quite a bit.
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Step Two: basic maintenance on the computer
Doing some basic clean-up on the computer will do quite a bit in terms of speeding up the overall network. You can de-frag the disk, which will clean it up and speed it up, and you can also run virus scans and things like that, since viruses will slow down the home computer network a lot. Clearing the recycle bin will also do the same thing. Deleting old items, unused items and any type of temporary files is also a good idea, because these are not really ever used and should not be on the computer in the first place.
Step Three: Reset the network system
Resetting the network system may speed it up, at least temporarily. All you have to do is unplug the router and then replug it, which will give the router a break and lead to a faster network speed.
Step Four: Optimize the cache
Temporary internet files will slow down a network, thus when you optimize the cache, then you can eventually speed up the network overall. The key is to make sure your computer is not downloading the same files, needlessly, over and over again.
Andy writes for a variety of tech sites. He has helped a ton of people reset their Linksys router password.