How to Make My Laptop Have the Most Bandwidth

Using your laptop computer to access the Internet provides you with more versatility in terms of where you can work. As long as you have access to a wireless connection, you can work with your laptop just about anywhere. However, if more than one device is using the wireless connection at the same time, your laptop may suffer from a lack of bandwidth. A lack of sufficient bandwidth often results in a slow connection, which can impact your Internet experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Accelerator

Instructions

    • 1

      Set your router to a higher bandwidth if it is equipped with the technology. Some other home devices use the same 2.4 gigahertz, or GHz, that a wireless router does. Changing to the 5.8 GHz channel can reduce interference from other devices.

    • 2

      Use your laptop as close to your wireless access point as possible. The farther away you are, the less bandwidth reaches your laptop.

    • 3

      Install an accelerator in your home to speed up the Internet connection in areas of your home farther away from the router. An accelerator picks up the wireless signal from your router and gives it an extra boost to reach farther at its full capacity.

    • 4

      Change your laptop's wireless settings to receive double-wide bandwidth. This setting doubles the amount of bandwidth your laptop can handle.

    • 5

      Check the settings in your computer. If any Internet-based programs are set to run or update automatically, turn these options off. However, you will have to remember to check for updates manually in the future.

    • 6

      Keep the driver for your wireless card updated. Check at least once a month for driver updates. These updates will help increase your overall bandwidth.

    • 7

      Run the disk defragment software at least once a month to keep your computer operating at optimal speeds. If your computer is running slowly, no amount of bandwidth increase will make a difference.

    • 8

      Clear the cache and temporary Internet files from your computer weekly. These temporary files and other stored information can make your computer run more slowly. Clearing them frequently leaves your computer more resources to access additional bandwidth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase hardware that has equal ratings. For instance, if you have a 802.11g laptop, use a router and accelerator that are also rated 802.11g. Using varied hardware minimizes your bandwidth.
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