Why does my internet slow down at night?
Doesn’t slow internet a common problem of this “advanced” “digital” age! Every modern user would unanimously agree to the fact that they experience lagging internet speeds. And that’s true for every user out there who has a subscription to one of the best Internet service providers in town. All those ISPs with lofty claims of blazing speeds and no interruptions seem to fail when it comes to performance. And the situation seems to aggravate at night and the speeds become even slower.
Isn’t it one of those very common rants, which you hear that the internet slows down at night? And that’s the time when everyone wants to binge-watch a nice Netflix show or stream a movie. Lagging internet speed at that time makes everything more frustrating. What you really get at the end of a hectic day is slow internet. let’s try to figure out why does it happen and what can we do to get better speeds.
The reasons could be numerous. There could be an issue at the ISP’s end or yours. The router configuration of your broadband could be the reason. Other reasons could be wireless interference, technical glitches, and tons of other things. We would focus on the reasons, which cause fluctuations in the internet speed at night.
We have tried to diagnose the reasons for your lagging internet. Read on.
Congestion and Traffic, the Usual Culprits
You might have signed up for a great bandwidth but in hours of heavy traffic, you don’t get it. You can compare it with the traffic on the roads. The highways get jammed with traffic, don’t they? Same is the case with the internet. When too many users are using it, the speeds are bound to be messed up with congestion. At night, people from every age group are streaming or browsing something to entertain themselves. The bandwidth is divided amongst many users and the speeds are also distributed. With each user downloading heavy multimedia, or streaming or running an intense online game, the speeds become slower. All these online activities use a good chunk of bandwidth and therefore, the internet speeds lag. When you have a shared connection (which we all have), we are going to face this situation. If that’s the case, you can’t do much. You can plan your internet-based activities and entertainment at some other time. Or, you can try shifting to another network. If it is not too dense, you can have better speeds.
Know the Internet Rush Hours
Most of the internet connections slowdown in the weekdays from evenings to nights. Between the times 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a clear lag in internet speeds come. The internet slows down at night too after 10 p.m. The capacity of the bandwidth doesn’t decrease. Rather, it’s the number of activities on the internet. The delay is caused by the massive traffic. You know that all your neighbors would be streaming Hulu, YouTube, or Netflix in these hours. So, keep in mind these rush hours and plan your internet-based activities accordingly. Compare it to a calling experience in a concert you attended where the arena was flooded with people. When so many users used the same network in a critically concentrated area, you can’t blame the network if it goes slowly to just a crawl. The same idea applies to you and your neighborhood.
Another possible explanation of slower internet speeds at night is that your family is perhaps attempting to use more bandwidth than the equipment can handle. If you have more than three members in the family and all of them have multiple internet-based gadgets, the equipment is bound to get overloaded. This can essentially cause a traffic jam on your network. You can attempt to fix it by resetting your equipment or changing the settings with the help of the ISP that you have subscribed to. If you have old equipment, updating it can solve the problem too.
What can you Avoid Slower Internet Speeds
Here are a few simple things, which you can do to avoid experiencing slow speeds at night. If you download heavy multimedia such as movies and shows, do all the downloading in the off-peak hours. You can conveniently watch them in in the peak hours at night without having to experience interrupted streaming. Make an effort to plan ahead and download all the essential entertainment in off-peak hours. By doing this, you can save yourself from the frustration of lagging internet. Like this, you can also help you fellow family members enjoy better speeds by not consuming the bandwidth.
Switching the ISPs Can Sometimes Help
The performance of ISPs varies too. Try switching to an ISP that has fewer subscribers. You may experience lesser traffic and lesser lags. An ISP that has a better network such as Spectrum Internet can make things better for you too. With a better and bigger network, all the traffic can be accommodated. If you are opting to make a switch, go for providers, which offer newer technologies and better networks. The instances are fiber connection or 5G wireless services.
Upgrade to a Better and Faster Internet Package
While you have decided to make a switch to a better and bigger network, go for a faster plan too. It’s like heading to a bigger and better road but still having an old car. Why not opt for a sports car and then hit the road! Scrutinize various features and technologies offered by different ISPs and then pick the suitable one for yourself. If you go for DSL (slightly older technology), you will have plans with lower-tiers. But if you go for fiber-optic technology, you can get your hands on packages which offer faster speeds.
Weather Changes (Satellite Connection)
For users of Satellite internet, climatic conditions can be a problem. While if you are using a cable connection, you won’t be experiencing such things. So, for satellite internet users, weather changes around the receiver antenna can lead to interference in signals and lagging internet speeds.
Location of the Router
We don’t give much thought to the location of our router. You should know that the router’s placement has to do with signal strength. If placed in a location that is far away from your gadgets, there’s a likelihood that you will not receive good signals. Placing the router in the right position and closer to your gadgets can boost your signal strength. Moreover, to facilitate the signals, place the router on an elevated spot. The signals travel down easily. Make sure you don’t place metallic and electronic things close to your router. You don’t want signals interfered. So, while you are thinking that speed is lagging because it is night, the location of your router could be the actual culprit. I have recently subscribed to one of the Cox Internet plans and the router’s user manual instructed keeping it on an elevated position.
If you have older versions of equipment installed, it is not going to perform well with an increasing number of connected devices. With newer technologies, you need to say goodbye to the older equipment and switch to the newer versions. A router, based on new technology can handle more speed and more devices. So, while you are blaming the night for lagging speeds, maybe it’s your old router.
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