Tips and Troubleshooting - Internet Connection

The Internet, It's such a great source of information; one click can literally get you to travel the world virtually! As long as you don't sit in front of the computer 24 hours a day, I guess it's totally okay to admit you surf the net atleast once a day!

Members of Gen Y place a high value on connectivity. In fact, a recent Cisco report foundgen y woman uses internet that more than half of Gen Y students felt that they could not live without the Internet. Yes, you read that correctly, “could not live” without it. Perhaps they don’t actually feel that they may die without the web (some may!), but they almost certainly feel that their lives would be vastly different without this avenue to constant connection. And in many ways, they may be justified for feeling this way.

Other times, it's the universe's cruel joke to destroy your productivity slow Internet Connection.
My 4 year old son throw his smartphone, when Youtube is buffering  imagine that LOL even kids lost temper with a slow Internet.

Tips to Consider when applying for Internet Connection

1. Distance of the Source of Internet Connection

Distance is very important to ensure you have a strong connection and link quality
If you know related in electricity conductor  the size matters a long cooper wire reduce the electric current  of Internet cable wires.

Measurement Tools:
Engineers use Ohms Law to calculate how much resistance a given wire will have. This tells us how much energy we will loose over distance.

I = V / R Amps = Volts divided by Resistance

Formulas for Resistance and Conductance:

Resistance = resistivity / cross sectional area
Conductance = 1 / Resistance

The longer electricity has to travel, the more energy it looses. 

There have been experimental superconductive high voltage lines which were able to transmit power with almost no losses, however the technology is not developed enough to be cost effective.

While the Latest Fibr Technology-  Fibr is the future of broadband currently being used by international telephone operators like Verizon (US), BT Infinity (UK), etc. This is the most advanced broadband service in the country that connects to the home via fiber-optic lines.

Traditional broadband services are usually through legacy copper lines, or cable. Fibr’s use of fiber-optic cables guarantees the fastest and most stable internet connection for you.

What Fibr can do is to allow your entire family to enjoy simultaneous high-speed browsing and high definition downloading without experiencing any speed lags.

2. Signal of the Source of Internet Connection

Similar to cable lines  Signal is very important to ensure you have a strong connection and link quality.

RSSI is a Radio-Frequency (RF) term and stands for Received Signal Strength Indicator. It is a measure of the power level that a RF device, such as WiFi or 3G client, is receiving from the radio infrastructure at a given location and time.

Example here a Wimax RSSI   - 64 dBm  with mean Good Link Quality , if you have -85 to -90 or worst -120  it means your to FARAWAY from Internet Provider Tower or WiFi router in home or office.

While there is no simple precise solution that is used universally, we will try to explain the approximate correlation between signal (RSSI) and quality (percentage).

db >= -50 db = 100% quality
db <= -100 db = 0% quality

For RSSI signal between -50db and -100db,
quality ~= 2* (db + 100)
RSSI ~= (percentage / 2) - 100

For example:
High quality: 90% ~= -55db
Medium quality: 50% ~= -75db
Low quality: 30% ~= -85db
Unusable quality: 8% ~= -96db

 4G or LTE
 LTE, an abbreviation for Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones.  

Here Is the Example of LTE (Smart) even I have 1 bar with -90db  I still got 9 Mbps Download Speed the problem it the Uplink.

Bago tayo pumunta sa 3 minsan  yung mga subcontract or nag lalako ng net kahit hindi kaya ng signal nyo or kulang yung cable bibigyan kayo pipilitin nila ma bigyan kayo kasi dyan sila kumikita kada lagay ng net sa mga bahay bahay..  sa bandang huli yung subscriber ang nag su suffer... -BMT

3. Check Your Speeds (and Your Plan)

Sometimes, your internet is slow because you're only paying for slow internet with CAPPING Limited Bandwidth or FUP . Log onto your provider's web site (or give them a call) and find out what plan you have. Then, head on over to and run a speed test. If the numbers match up to what you're paying for, then your network is working fine and you're just paying for slow internet—and the best way to speed it up will be to upgrade.

Example  Here : 
NOTE: No intend to advertise PLDT Fibr Plan I post it just to make example.

 PLDT Fibr Plan

Fibr Lite Plan ( with Limited bandwidth up to 50GB )

NOTE: Be ware that in the Philippines we have FUP or Fair Usage Policy  

Effect of FUP - Monthly bandwidth allocation for Smart Bro/myBro/PLDT Ultera/Globe subs is only 15GB to etc. If you have downloaded that much data before the month ends then you will experience a slowdown with your connection. Your normal speed will return the following month.

This is the example  speedtest of one of my friend  she's freaking out about here  Speed.

4. Troubleshoot Your Hardware

Before you go cursing your internet provider, give your modem and router a quick reset (that is, turn them off and on again) and see if that helps. Check the other computers in your house to see if their internet is slow, too—if the problem only happens on one computer, the problem is that computer, not your router or modem. 

Reset button at the back of your modem/router especially about WiFi or ADSL connection.

If it's a hardware problem. Then call your Internet provider customer service, once you fix your router or modem (or replace it), you'll be browsing speedily once again. 

Your ISP automatically assigns DNS servers when your router or computer connects to the Internet via Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)... but you don't have to use those.

But what if those ISP-provided DNS servers aren't reliable or you're troubleshooting an issue and you suspect that DNS might not be working properly?
You can configure Google Public DNS addresses for either IPv4 or IPv6 connections, or both.

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5. Fix Your Wi-Fi Signal

If you're using Wi-Fi, you might find that your router and internet are fine, but your wireless signal is weak, causing a slowdown. In that case, you may need to reposition, tweak, and boost your router with a few tricks.

To get the best Internet connection, put your router in a central place. This way, no matter what room you’re in, you’ll have the best connection and fastest Internet speed. If you always use your devices in the same room, put your router as close to those devices as possible. 

 There are more than we could share in one paltry paragraph—in fact, we have a WiFi Repeater fixing boost your Wi-Fi signal any where in your house.

Repeaters are used to increase the range of a transmitted signal by re-transmission. For a conducted signal, an amplifier is used. Optical systems don't amplify but all these devices give the appearance of doing so.

6. Turn Off Bandwidth-Hogging Plugins and Apps

If your hardware seems to be in working order, see if any other programs are hogging the connection. For example, if you're downloading files with BitTorrent, regular web browsing is going to be slower.

Minsan may nag patingin ng Laptop sakin sa tuwing bubuksan nya daw yung isang Laptop nya eh lahat ng Device niya tulad ng Tbalet walang Internet ... Tinignan ko naman Ayun nakita ko daming Downloading sa Torrent !.. 

Application on your computer it might be running nonstop without you even knowing it. Check your computer to see what programs are open that don’t need to be (or that you could even uninstall).

You should also try installing extensions like AdBlock Plus or FlashBlock, which will block some of the bandwidth-hogging ads, animations, and videos that can use up your connection. They probably won't solve all your issues, but they can at least help make a slow connection feel more usable.

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A Freelance Computer Tech with knowledge about computer, router and mobile phones, especially in Upgrade and Downgrade OS, Software and Hardware troubleshooting. follow me at Google+
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