All the kids are home from school, your parents are coming to visit, and you’re trying to be productive, but the internet doesn’t seem to want to budge. You’re experiencing slow computer speeds. There are just too many devices running at once, and they’re eating up all your bandwidth. Even though you might have your provider’s best speed package, that many devices can slow you down.

In my house, we have three computers, two Tivo boxes, two phones, two Xboxes, an iPad, two DSs, and five people using them. We’re consuming massive amounts of data at once.  This causes a slow computer.

When my parents come to visit, they bring another computer, two iPads, and two more phones. All of these devices are competing for a connection, and most of them are using the wireless that will already be slower. Think of it like cars on a highway. You might be on a 4-lane highway, but the more cars you add to it, the more it’s going to slow down. It’s the same with devices on the internet. So, what can you do?

Turn Off the Wi-Fi

For starters, turn the Wi-Fi off! I don’t mean on your router, I mean on some of the devices. Are you really using your tablet, phone, and game console at the same time? Turning off the connection can stop it from running in the background and eating up some of your bandwidth. It might even save you some battery on your phone, computer, or tablet.

Some routers will let you monitor your devices, allowing you to see which devices are using the most bandwidth.

Power Cycle Your Router

slow computer - computer speedsAnother thing you can try when dealing with a slow computer is to power-cycle your router. This simply means unplug it from the power for about 15 seconds, then plug it back it and let it boot up. Restarting devices (not just routers) helps them reset, it’s sort of like giving your electronics a nap.

Your Computer Probably Needs a Tune-Up

When dealing with a slow computer, a tune-up is usually effective in increasing speed. If you notice that only one or two of your devices are running slowly, it might not be your speeds. If everyone else in the house is able to connect with no issues but your computer, phone, or tablet isn’t connecting or it is but it’s running slow, it’s probably a device issue, we’re here to help!

Call OneSupport for Help With a Slow Computer

When you experience slow computer speeds, please give us a call at 844-818-3415, or chat with an agent at, and let one of our friendly, well trained, 100% U.S.-based technicians get you up to speed. OneSupport is always just a call or a click away to help you with a slow computer or any other technical problem.