How to improve internet speeds in your home Core

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Full-fibre broadband from Lothian & Highland Broadband delivers lightning-fast connectivity straight to your home. And since there are no copper cables on our fibre network, you won’t experience the drop in speed that comes with using copper cabling.

Our network will provide your package speed right to the equipment we’ve installed in your home – but if you’re experiencing slower speeds than you might expect, it’s possible there might be a quick and easy fix you can sort yourself, all from within the home.

If you want to make the most of your full-fibre speeds, here are our top tips to improve the internet speed in your home.

Make sure you’re on the right broadband plan for your needs

If there are lots of people using your network at home, multiple devices or heavy downloading needs, you’ll want to opt for a higher package with increased speeds.

However, if you’re a lighter internet user (mostly web browsing, shopping, online banking etc.) you’ll find that PureFibre 100 with speeds of 100Mbps will be plenty.

Check your device settings and software

Full-fibre broadband from Lothian & Highland Broadband delivers speeds starting at 100Mbps, but not all devices are capable of reaching these speeds.

If you have a device that’s an older model, or it’s running on an older operation system, you may need to upgrade or update it to receive the full speed of your package. If you’re unsure what speeds your device can get, it’s best to consult the manufacturer so they can advise.

Use a wired connection (where possible)

WiFi is great for mobile devices in the home, but you’ll get faster & more consistent speeds if you can use a wired connection.

Connect fixed PCs, consoles and other non-portable internet connected devices using a good-quality Ethernet cable for the fastest, most stable connection in your home. That way, the WiFi signal is used on the equipment that needs it most, and you know you’re getting consistent connection on the items you never need to move.

Place your router in the best location

Most of us use WiFi throughout the home to connect our many devices, and for that to work best you’ll need to place your router in the best possible location.

Avoid these locations:

  • Next to windows
  • Near electronic devices such as microwaves, TVs and stereos etc.
  • Next to radiators and walls
  • Places where water is present, like near a fish tank
  • In cupboards

To get the most out of your WiFi router’s signal, place it in a central location and on top of a table/bookshelf where nothing can get in the way of the signal.

Password-protect your WiFi network

Removing password-protection from your WiFi network could be killing your bandwidth. An unsecured WiFi network means anyone in range can connect to your internet – meaning your neighbours could be streaming and downloading at the same time as you, drastically decreasing the speeds you’re getting.

Always make sure to keep your WiFi network password protected so you can control who has access.

Add Smart WiFi+

If your home is large, with lots of rooms spread over a few levels – or even if you have thick walls – you might benefit from extending the WiFi signal in your home to get the best coverage possible.

These systems are typically called mesh systems, and allow the WiFi to reach every corner of your home.

If you need a boost to your WiFi signal, you can choose our Smart WiFi+ option which not only extends your WiFi but also gives you more control over the devices in your home, security and router settings. You can find out more about our Smart WiFi+ option here.

Want to experience the lightning-fast speeds of full-fibre from Lothian & Highland Broadband? Find out if we’re in your area here!