How to Make Internet Speed Faster in Windows 8/10/11?


We often get asked ‘How to Make Internet Speed Faster in Windows 8/10/11?’

There are a few things that you can do to make your internet speed faster.

1. Switch to a Wired connection

Wired connections are much faster compared to WiFi especially if you have WiFi 6. So if you have the option to connect your device to the internet via an Ethernet cable, do it.

One surefire way to get a faster internet connection is to use a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi. Ethernet cables provide a much more reliable and stable connection than wireless signals, so if you have the option of using a wired connection, it’s always going to be the better choice.

2. Check your Modem/Router

One of the main reasons for a slow internet connection is a bad modem or router. If you have had the same modem or router for more than 3 years, it might be time for an upgrade.

3. Use a VPN

If you frequently use public WiFi, your data could be at risk of being snooped on by others on the same network. Using a VPN encrypts your data and helps to keep your information safe and secure.

4. Reboot your Modem/Router

Just like your computer, sometimes all your modem or router needs is a good restart. This can help to improve your internet speed by clearing any stale connections or data.

5. Upgrade your Internet Plan

If you are still using an entry-level internet plan, it might be time to upgrade to a faster option. Contact your service provider to see what options are available in your area.

6. Check for Viruses and Malware

One of the main reasons for a slow internet connection is viruses and malware. These malicious programs can hog your bandwidth and slow down your connection speed. Be sure to run regular scans on your computer with an antivirus program to help keep these threats at bay.

7. Change DNS Settings

The Domain Name System (DNS) is like an address book for the internet. When you type in a web address, DNS translates that into a numeric IP address that computers can understand. By default, your ISP probably provides its own DNS server that it uses to resolve addresses. But there are many public DNS servers available, and using one of these can speed up your internet connection.

We recommend using Google Public DNS or Cloudflare’s DNS resolver. To change your DNS server on Windows, open the Network Connections control panel, right-click on your active network adapter, select Properties, then double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) entry and enter the new DNS server addresses. On macOS, open System Preferences, click on Network, then select your active network adapter and click the gear icon. Select Configure IPv4 and enter the new DNS server addresses. On Linux, edit the /etc/resolv.conf file (as root) to look like this:



8. Flush DNS Cache

Even if you change your DNS settings, your computer might still be using the old DNS server’s address. To ensure that your new DNS settings are being used, you can flush your DNS cache. This will clear out any old DNS information and force your computer to use the new settings.

9. Update Your Network Adapter Drivers

If you’re still having trouble getting a fast internet connection, it might be due to outdated drivers for your network adapter. You can check for and install updates for your drivers through Windows Update or by visiting the manufacturer’s website directly.

10. Optimize Your Web Browser

Your web browser can also have a big impact on your internet speed. Be sure to keep it up-to-date with the latest version and disable any unnecessary plugins or extensions.

11. Improve your WiFi signal

If you are using a wireless connection, there are several things you can do to try and improve your WiFi signal.

12. Move your router

If your router is in a central location, it will likely have a stronger signal. If it is in a corner or behind a piece of furniture, move it to see if that helps.

13. Change the antenna

Many routers come with external antennas that can be adjusted. Try changing the angle or direction of the antenna to see if it improves your signal.

14. Update your firmware

Manufacturer’s periodically release updates for their products. Check your router manufacturer’s website to see if there are any new updates available for your model.

15. Get a range extender

A range extender, also known as a booster or repeater, can amplify the signal from your router. This can be a good option if you have a large home or one with a lot of walls.

16. Get a better router

If you’ve tried all of the above and you’re still not getting the speeds you want, it might be time to upgrade to a new router. Look for one that supports the latest WiFi standard (802.11ac) and has enough bandwidth (at least 100 Mbps) to support your needs. You may also want to consider one with multiple antennas, which can help improve range and signal strength.

17. Upgrade computer or laptop hardware

If you’re still using an older computer or laptop, it might be time for an upgrade. Older computers may not have the processing power or WiFi capabilities to take advantage of today’s high-speed internet connections. If you’re in the market for a new computer, make sure it has a fast processor and 802.11ac WiFi.

18. Get a WiFi Mesh network

A Mesh network is a type of WiFi system that consists of multiple devices spread throughout your home or office, creating a single wireless network. Mesh networks can help improve WiFi coverage and speed in large or multi-story buildings.

If the above doesn’t make your internet speed faster in Windows 8/10/11, get in touch with an internet technician near you.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...