Sometimes, slow internet is the universe’s way of telling you to go play outside. Other times, it’s the universe’s cruel joke to destroy your productivity. Here are 10 ways to troubleshoot, fix, or just survive a slow internet connection.
Mac: There are plenty of browser tools out there for testing your internet speed, but they’re usually filled with obnoxious ads. If you’d prefer a native app, Speedster is free and does its job well.
Nearly everyone hates their internet provider. If you have a problem with your ISP and calling customer service fails, you now have another option: filing a complaint with the FCC. Now, more than ever, this can be an effective way to get your problem resolved. Here’s how to do it.
HBO shows are hugely popular. Cable, less so. It's been a dream to get HBO without a cable subscription for a long time. While that reality still isn't fully realized, you can still get HBO GO with almost no bundled TV packages. If you know what to ask for, that is.
A D.C. appeals court has ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce its Open Internet rules, which prevent landline ISPs from discriminating internet traffic.
Dear Lifehacker, I haven't moved in several years, and I'm still using the cable modem that I purchased and installed when I moved in here. It's pretty old and busted, but it works. Still, I wonder: should I upgrade it? Are there any benefits to newer modems that older modems don't have? Will it make my connection…
One of the easiest ways to save money on your monthly bills is to make a few phone calls to your providers. With a little bit of work, you can usually cut down your bills quite a bit. If you don't have the time to wait on hold yourself, BillCutterz is a service that does the leg work for you for a small fee.
This week marks the rollout of the long delayed "Copyright Alert System" aka the six strike anti-piracy program. It's a bit confusing at a glance, but it's not nearly as powerful as you'd think. Here's how the system works, how it'll affect you, and everything else you need to know.
Dear Lifehacker, My cable modem and router just keep flashing all night, even when I'm not doing anything on the internet. I know my power light is supposed to be on, but should the send/receive light is blinking even when all my computers are turned off? Am I using up data at all times? Help!
Renting a modem from your ISP can be expensive, and it's usually a much better idea to buy one for yourself. If you're looking for a modem that will last you well into the future, the Motorola SB6141 is the best option.
If you're always on the hunt for free Wi-Fi, rejoice: five of the big cable internet providers (Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable) have banded together to provide each other's Wi-Fi hotspots to their customers for free in certain cities around the US. That means, if…
This past weekend I called up my cable internet provider and received a discount of $15 off my monthly bill. On top of that, they nearly doubled the speed of my connection. I received this discount and upgrade by simple asking for it, just like I have about every six months. All it takes is a regularly scheduled phone…
Dane Jasper, the CEO of my ISP Sonic.net, made a recent blog posting outlining five evil deeds that ISPs do. Some of these deeds (or misdeeds) hurt you indirectly, like giving your information to advertisers, while others hurt you in a very tangible way, like giving your information to whoever asks.
If you watch a ton of Netflix, you probably get pretty close to reaching your internet provider's bandwidth caps—especially if your provider has especially low limits. If you're regularly straddling that line, you can now head into Netflix's Account Settings and change the quality of your video to lessen the amount of…
While it's not news for many other countries, the Comcast and AT&T are pioneering data usage caps for broadband connections all across the United States. Whether you consider the caps reasonable or not, if they're imposed on you then you may need to figure out a few new strategies to avoid overages and keep your data…
Many of us use public DNS servers like Google Public DNS and Open DNS for faster web browsing and other benefits. But in some cases your ISP's DNS server is much faster. Weblog Digital Inspiration illustrates why and when this might be.
Windows/Mac/Linux: BitTorrent has always been a great way to share large files quickly, but if you're on a slow connection, it's pretty tough to use. BitMate is a new BitTorrent client that seriously boosts your download speed on slow connections.
If you're moving to a new town (or are just looking for some faster internet), the National Broadband map will show you the best providers in your area and how fast they are.
The Eastern half of the US is gearing up for a massive winter storm this evening, and we're preparing for the worst. Here's how to stay productive during the impending Snowpocalypse.
Currently we can enjoy the internet freely, but if the fight for net neutrality were to fail that could all change very quickly. What would you miss most if the internet became heavily restricted?