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Are you getting the wi-fi speeds you're paying for?

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KENNEWICK, WA - Are you getting the Internet speed you’re paying for?

It’s easy to blame service providers, but keep in mind there are many things that can slow your Internet down.

"Probably one of the most common calls that we get is Internet related,” said Jason Hubbard, who co-founded Geeks on Wheels. “A lot of times it can just be the speed of the computer.”

But Hubbard and Internet service providers say there are many things you can do if you think your Internet is too slow.

Are you tired of getting that buffering circle? If you are, try doing these six things.

  1. Locate your router three to six feet off the floor and don’t keep it in a corner.
  2. Don’t keep your router near cordless phones, TV, microwave, gaming systems, or other electronics.
  3. Do not have a brick or metal barrier between where you use your Internet and the router.
  4.  If you have a large home, consider buying a more expensive router with a higher frequency.
  5. Make sure you are not on the same frequency channel as your neighbor.
  6. The age of your computer, time of day, and number of people using wireless devices in your home can also affect Internet speeds.

To find out if you’re getting the speed you’re paying for, visit www.speedtest.net.

You can also go to www.broadbandmap.gov to see what speeds you should be able to get based on your provider. 

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