How to increase your internet speed

I’ve recently been battling Comcast. They tell me I’m paying for 6 Mb/s downstream speeds, when Broadband Reports tells me I only have 2-3Mb/s. I would call their tech support, they would run me through the whole “disconnect everything from your modem (has that ever worked for them?), wait 30 seconds, and reconnect the modem again.” And then there’s the classic, “connect your computer directly to the modem, rather than through the router, then to the modem.” It always ends up with a technician coming out to my house, testing the line, telling me I’m getting what everyone in my neighborhood is getting, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Well, I went through that process again recently after giving up for a few months, figuring maybe someone else would have a solution finally. After 2 or 3 sessions of tech support, I finally convinced them to send out a technician *again*. The first technician called my cell 2 times in a row (my cell phone literally showed him calling less than a minute apart), and said he had called twice and it was their policy after 2 calls to cancel the service call. I called furiously (being sent on a wild goose chase to even speak with the guy’s manager, who I never was able to talk to and had to leave a message), and was forced to reschedule for several days later. Well, this time it was my fault and I was unavailable when the technician called. So we rescheduled again.

Today, the technician finally came and we were both available. When he got here, I showed him the broadband reports speedtest (I think this was probably the first time he had seen it, as he was taking notes as I showed him), and he agreed that it was too slow. All this as he ooh’d and aah’d over my Windows Vista install and custom-built computer. Well, I suggested we disconnect the modem from the router and connect directly to the modem. This time we got up to 4 Mb/s. He grinned and said that was it, that no one in this neighborhood could get the full 6 Mb/s.

So I started to search around the internet looking for solutions as to how I can speed up the connection between the router and the modem so I would still get at least the speeds we got when we disconnected it from the router. Here’s where I think I finally found a solution!

I found an article at http://www.speedguide.net/read_articles.php?id=1885, which suggested moving the router away from the modem, and that line noise can cause significant slowdowns. I didn’t really believe this would work, but I decided to try it.

So I moved everything apart from each other. I moved my router up to the highest level I could, tucked away between some floorboards on the level above. I then moved my cable modem 2-levels down, also tucked between 2 wall joints. I then moved my VOIP box away from all the rest. I went and tested the speakeasy.net connection on Broadband Reports. What do you know? All the sudden I was showing 6.6 Mb/s down with 360 Mb/s up! I now officially get more than I’m paying for!

So, rule of thumb is if you’re having speed issues, one of the first things you should try is move all your equipment away from each other. I think Comcast would have a lot more customers if they actually recommended useful things like this.

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Jesse Stay has been a pioneer in the space of social media marketing since before it was called "social media marketing". Originally a software developer, Jesse built a tool called SocialToo.com which helped brands like Pepsi, Brittany Spears, and MC Hammer grow their social media presence, and before he knew it brands were coming to him for help to grow their presence in very unique ways. His tool was featured on almost every tech blog and even mainstream news sites like New York Times, Techcrunch, and Mashable. Jesse also spent a brief period working FOR Facebook, Inc., helping them to build out their documentation to help companies integrate Facebook Connect into their websites and mobile apps. Jesse took his skills and helped the LDS Church kick off most of its social media programs. While there he helped launch the award-winning "I'm a Mormon" marketing campaign with global reach worldwide in the millions of views and followers. Jesse established new global programs at the Church to further grow its reach amongst both members and non-members of the Church, working with every department of the Church, also including entities like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University. He also helped the Church navigate its voice and presence during the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign due to the significant attention the Church was getting at the time. He established the social media advertising techniques and strategies employed at Deseret Digital Media growing over 20 million fans across their news properties in just 6 months, and was featured on AdWeek for his success. As founder and Principal of Stay N Alive, Jesse has developed very unique techniques in social media advertising to help organizations grow presences, within months on minimal budgets, into hundreds of thousands of highly relevant and engaging fans and followers. He designed and teaches social media advertising at LDS Business College. He has helped grow sales, and has a belief that yes, you CAN measure social! Jesse has been featured as one of 10 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (next to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, founders of Twitter) by Entrepreneur magazine. Jesse has written 9 books on the topic of social media marketing and development, including Google+ Marketing For Dummies and Facebook All In One For Dummies, and eats, lives, and drinks social media with a personal combined presence of over 600,000 followers on his personal social profiles.

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  1. Dang it! I just deleted all the comments by accident. My apologies if your comment dissapeared. I'm working on some anti-spam measures ATM.

  2. Wow! I just upgraded to an 8Mb/sec account. The speedtest that XMission (local to Utah) offers returns 24Mb/sec! I'm getting close to 1Mb/sec upstream now too! This is freakin' awesome!

  3. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  4. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  5. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  6. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  7. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  8. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  9. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  10. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  11. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  12. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

  13. Since you share bandwidth in your neighborhood your speed will vary. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of Haitians, Jamaicans and African Americans. They would all rather have gold teeth, shiny grills, fat rims, do-wraps, and their blunts. I will take all of their bandwith as the Comcast tech said only two people are on my head-end. Lucky me. Average is 17-23 Mb/sec (2-3 MB/sec)

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