The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. With half the world’s population i.e. 4.1 billion users, connected to the internet, it shows how staying connected to the rest of the world has slowly crept its way into basic necessities.  

There are 500 million internet users in India. But not everyone has the privilege of fast internet. Slow internet is frustrating, but ISP’s aren’t the sole reason for sluggish internet. So, here we are with a list of factors that might be slowing the internet down in India.

1) Walls:
These thick concrete walls are the main culprit of slow internet. If you’re sitting close to a wifi router, all is fine. But if you’re in another room, you’d see the bars of wifi symbol drop instantly! Since Indian houses prefer concrete over wooden (which is preferred in foreign countries), signals have a hard time passing through these walls.

2) Neighbours:
Is your data consumption mysteriously high even when you’re not home? Had you given your wifi password to your neighbour any time in the past year? You do not change your password occasionally? Then your neighbour might be easily sapping on your internet! Who’d say no to free internet, right! Being a friendly neighbour is good, but stay smart and constantly update your wifi password!

3) Electronic Devices:
Your microwave oven, cordless phone, or your baby monitor might be sabotaging your Netflix stream. These devices operate at a similar frequency level as that of a wifi router, rendering the speeds slow! In order to get around this, you get yourself cordless phones and baby monitors that operate at a different frequency level. And keep your router away from the microwave as far as possible.

4) Single antenna:
Most people opt for single antenna as they are easily available and afforadable too. These single antenna wifi routers are good enough for one room, but when it comes to multiple rooms, its strength bogs down. You can come across this issue by upgrading to a multiple antenna wifi router which are pretty efficient when it comes to spreading the signal across rooms.

5) A sole system:
The main culprit of weak wifi signals is that the main signal emanates from a single source. Since this single source is bounded by electronics and walls, the wifi signal becomes weak before it can reach the end user across the room. If mesh router systems could make a mark in the Indian market, every issue with internet connectivity issue will be solved in a jiffy!

Indian homes need to get smarter with every new technology. Something like the mesh router system from Google seems to replace the traditional router in the near future. Staying connected to the internet is the priority now!

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