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Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading

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By FRANK BAJAK

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Very informative. Thank you very much.

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I don't think there is any internet speed problem in Japan. I have a 1GBps service. Not that I never get 1GB but I do get like this minute, 264Mbps down and 456Mbps up. I'm happy with anything over 100Mbps. I have good Wifi all over the house and even in the garden. Test on my iPhone for Wifi is 142 Mbps down and 251 Mbps up.

I also use a Wifi link booster which plugs into the socket on the wall for the second floor.

I think the fiber optic cable which comes right into my router is better than the cable company connection with coax. Fiber optic cable all the way baby.

Rebooting your computer can help. Also reboot your router.

Clean up your computer with reliable apps. There are many bad ones and even some dangerous one which just take over your computer. On my macs I use a free app call Maintenance, from a French guy or Onyx. On Windows I their apps to clean it.

Upgrade the RAM on your computer.

If your rental router is older than five years ask for a new one.

There are no data caps in Japan for downloading but there is for uploading which is 30GB to prevent torrents. Go over and you will get a nasty warning letter. I know.

Maybe time for a new pc. What else are you going to do when our governments start giving us cash to spend.

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It also will help to clean out all the dust that gets built up in the venting ports and fans. The cooler the temperature the better the computer will run. Especially when gaming.

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@Zichi If you are having issues with a legal torrent :-) get a good VPN. Not sure if I am allowed to promote one here and I am not affiliated with it by any means but PIA is great. I like its security for online banking and stocks etc. Especially being secure for My Number and American Social Security number when doing tax material.

I use JCom in Japan. I find it drops once every few days and that is frustrating. I think it is my outdated modems.

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A VPN only hides your locations etc. The amount of data used is still recorded. I only gave torrents as an example. In Japan you must not go over the 30GB upload limit. The first month you will get a nasty letter from NTT and the next month if you continue your internet will be disconnected.

JCom is more expensive than NTT. The TV service is also more expensive than HirakiTV.

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"jammed up" such a highly technical article.... perhaps you should clean out the internet pipes so they don't jam

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@zichi: Get Usen, 4900 a month, unlimited, I do 100-200 GB a month because I stream heavy. Never had an issue ever for 15 years!

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gogogo

My NTT is also unlimited for download data. I guess I probably use abut 7-10 GB per day. I have the broadband, TV and telephone and wifi. I can also connect to my TV when out.

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Depends on your provider, your location and the time of day.

If you use a very popular provider during the evening, and you’re located relatively far from the exchange, your speed will be slow. So do the opposite.

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Changing provider made a world of difference for me. I went from 1-2mbps during evenings to 300-600 mbps with the new provider.

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@zichi: Usen, 100mbit unlimited, 5 global IPs (even the installers were wondering WTF)... 4900 a month unlimited, I run my own global game servers from it. Can't complain in the slightest. Never ever gone down.

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Here in Tokyo on NTT Communications, my speed often drops to near zero, around 3 or 4 mbps, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and when there is stormy weather. Normally around 40-60 mbps, although the advertised speed is 150.

My devices also don't like 5hz. I put them manually on it, and they usually automatically switch to the slower 2.

It seems internet connections these days dont come close to fulfilling the IPO's promises. It used to be better about 10 years ago, when I had a cable TV package with a rock-solid LAN connection.

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Lately found myself helping a lot of people with these "working from home" issues

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If you're using Wireless, avoid using the Microwave.... apparently that helps.

If your Router supports it enable QoS and st the priorities according to who deserves it the most.

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