Tips To Optimize Your Internet Speed

Learn about some key ways to understand your current XFINITY Internet speed and how to improve it.
General Speed Tips

Your XFINITY Internet equipment (wireless gateway, modem or router) and connected devices (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) can all affect the Internet speed you experience.
The first step to optimizing your Internet speed is to know what your current download and upload speeds are when you’re connected to your in-home network. You can do this by taking XFINITY’s Speed Test; the results will be best when connected via Ethernet.
Next, you can check what speed plan is on your XFINITY account using My Account.
Then, confirm that your Internet equipment (wireless gateway, modem or router) is compatible with your speed by visiting MyDeviceInfo.
Once you’ve determined that your equipment is a good match for your speed plan, make sure your computer or laptop’s hardware and software are able to support your speed. For more details, see our XFINITY Internet Minimum System Recommendations.
WiFi Speed Tips

In addition to your equipment’s compatibility with your Internet speed and connected devices’ capability to support that speed, be sure to set up your equipment and devices for success to get the most out of your wireless Internet connection. You’ll want to do the following:

– Make sure you’ve positioned your wireless gateway or router in the most ideal location within your home.
– Be in close proximity to your wireless gateway or router when connecting to WiFi.
– Verify you’re connected to the right WiFi network, which is your private, in-home network.
– Confirm when it makes sense to connect wirelessly or use a wired connection, as some activities can be done quicker via Ethernet (e.g., online gaming and video streaming).
– Use newer generation devices (e.g., late model smartphones and tablets) when connecting over WiFi, as older devices will not be able to achieve the fastest-possible speeds.

Upgrade Your Wireless Network Equipment

Get the most from your wireless home network by upgrading your equipment and updating firmware.

Because outdated equipment and firmware can slow down what would otherwise be a fast connection, you’ll want to make sure your network setup is always up-to-date to get the most out of your XFINITY Internet service.

Like computers and mobile devices, new WiFi equipment models are released regularly. While you don’t need to immediately update your equipment to keep your home network running, you could be missing out on improved services if you continue to use older models. As a result, be sure to check MyDeviceInfo to find out if your equipment (wireless gateway, modem or router) is compatible with your Internet speed.

Firmware is a program or set of instructions that controls hardware like a router or modem. Manufacturers periodically update their firmware. Depending on the WiFi equipment that you have, you may want to check the Internet for firmware updates to make sure you’re still getting the best performance out of your equipment.
Using a Wireless Gateway

One advantage to leasing a wireless gateway from XFINITY is that we regularly update our firmware automatically, so you don’t have to check for new updates. To learn about the different wireless gateways offered by XFINITY, see Wireless Gateway 1, Wireless Gateway 2 and Wireless Gateway 3 Feature Comparison.
Using a Modem and Router

If you don’t have a wireless gateway from XFINITY, you’ll need to periodically check for updates. Generally, you can check for these updates through your router’s administration site. For specific instructions, please see your router’s user guide.

Some Websites To Make Money Online

The internet is a beautifully simple marketplace for people to make money, and get paid for their services. We’ve compiled the five best places for you to make money online, whether you want to start your own business – or just make a little extra on the side.

Site 1: Elance

Elance is the Internet’s biggest marketplace for legitimate freelance work. And, it’s my personal favourite of all the websites in this list.

It provides a simple interface that allows you to search for jobs in any kind of niche. From Writing and Translation, to Web Design and Programming.

Basically, people post jobs they want doing on the website, and you submit a proposal for it. It’s that simple.

Regardless of how much money you want to make, the possibilities are endless: there are freelancers on subscribed making $1,000 to $100,000 a year.

Pros: Free service. Simple to use. Easy to manage Tax Documents. Verified, trustworthy jobs.

Cons: Can be slow to become established. Bad Freelancers willing to work for $1-$2 an hour.

Site 2: Fiverr

Fiverr is a long established freelance site where everything costs a $5 minimum. It’s a simple and easy to use website, where you post the services you can provide: and if someone needs them, they’ll pay you to work.

It takes the traditional Freelance way of working and turns it on it’s head. It also ensures you get paid before you complete any work so that you never find yourself ripped off.

There is also scope to earn more than your $5 per job, with different levels for different services, such as: early delivery dates, extra work or ‘bolt-on’s for your services.

Pros: Protected payment before work. No marketing required. Work is on your terms. Quick and Easy to set up.

Cons: Lots of competition for work. Hard to establish a business. Have to do your own accountancy books. Not much scope to build a solid income.

Site 3: oDesk

oDesk is somewhat of a sister company to eLance, that helps freelancers find work in a wide range of areas. Out of the two sites, it’s down to your personal preference: but the oDesk’s design and Payment tracker app set it apart from the competition.

This is a great website to get started on as a beginner as the average prices for jobs is lower, and it’s much easier to establish yourself as an up and coming freelancer.

Pros: Good design. Simple set up. Great for beginners. Easy to use interface.

Cons: Prices can be too low if you’re looking to build a big business.

Site 4: Craigslist

Craigslist isn’t a site you’d think synonymous with Freelance Work – but it’s actually a hub of jobs and work to apply for.

It’s a simple and easy to way to start to build a portfolio and make some money in the process. The normal client can vary between local businesses, college students and someone looking to get work done as quickly as possible.

Air on the side of caution though, as sometimes you can find yourself chasing money for work you’ve done.

Pros: Easy to get started. Low pressure environment. Constant stream of new jobs. Easy money.

Cons: Not always reputable clients.

Site 5: Freelancer

Freelancer is a ‘gameified’ version of the sites eLance and oDesk mentioned earlier. You have the ability to ‘level up’ by earning experience points from the projects you complete and the milestones you hit. There are no shortage of jobs on these sites and everything is channelled depending on your skills and abilities.

Freelancer doesn’t have a free option that is as flexible as it’s competitors, and you find yourself paying to take tests and complete certain tasks.

This plays into the hands of people posting projects, as it shows you’re committed and established, but it doesn’t really help you if you’re just getting started.

Pros: Fun and easy to use interface. Interactive spin on normal freelancing. More reliable jobs than any other source.

Cons: Paying for tests and membership makes it hard to access for low-budget new starters.

How To Reboot Your Wireless Gateway

Rebooting (or restarting) your wireless gateway, modem or router is good for the equipment’s health and for your in-home WiFi performance because it allows your equipment to update its software and optimizes your connection and speed, all while retaining your saved settings. This is similar to how rebooting your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet is essential for maintaining performance as well.

In addition to being helpful for maintenance and performance, you should reboot your equipment:
If you’ve received an XFINITY Internet upgrade. Rebooting will allow your equipment to run your upgraded service.
If you’re experiencing trouble with your XFINITY Internet connection. Rebooting is one of the easiest ways to resolve connection issues.
You can try one of two simple techniques to reboot your wireless gateway, modem or router: a manual restart or a remote restart.

Note: If you have an XFINITY Voice modem or wireless gateway with a backup battery, please use the remote restart instructions.
Manually Restarting Your Wireless Gateway, Modem or Router

A manual restart will temporarily shut down your wireless gateway, modem or router in order to restore its functionality. Any saved settings will be retained during this process. To perform a manual restart:
Shut down the device you are using to connect to the Internet (e.g., a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.)
Unplug your wireless gateway, modem or router from the electrical outlet and leave it unplugged for at least 10 seconds.
Diagram of back panel of XFINITY Wireless Gateway, highlighting the power cord.

Plug it back into the electrical outlet and wait 30 seconds.
Turn your computer (or other device) back on.
Remotely Restarting Your Wireless Gateway

If you have an XFINITY wireless gateway, rather than unplugging and plugging it back in to reboot, you can restart your wireless gateway remotely using the XFINITY My Account app. Again, any saved settings will be retained during this process.
Download the app from Apple iTunes or Google Play; you can also search your mobile device’s app store for “XFINITY My Account”.

Sign in using your XFINITY username and tap Internet at the bottom of the home screen.
Tap Restart device on the XFINITY Internet screen and tap it again to initiate the restart process for your wireless gateway.
XFINITY Internet screen shows a Restart Device option under Support.

Restart Device screen with the message “Restarting your device will take about 5 minutes” and a ‘Restart Device’ button below.

You will see a message confirming that a restart signal was sent to your wireless gateway. You also have the ability to indicate whether or not the restart resolved your connection issue.
Restart Device Screen showing a confirmation of device restart and Yes and No options regarding question about modem fix.

Choosing Yes displays a message to conclude the restart flow; tap Done to exit. Choosing No displays a page providing you with additional resources; tap one of the options listed or tap Done to exit.

Get Better WiFi Network Performance

Once you have WiFi in your home, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your connection. Always be mindful of the three main things that can impact the quality of your WiFi network:
The placement of your WiFi equipment (your wireless gateway or router) in your home
The performance of your WiFi equipment
The devices that are connected to your WiFi network.
For more information, you can refer to XFINITY’s in-home WiFi tip sheet, or check out the rest of this article below.
Printable version of the in-home WiFi tip sheet.
Web-view version of the in-home WiFi tip sheet.
Wireless Gateway or Router Placement

You’ll want to find the ideal place for your wireless gateway or router to broadcast the strongest WiFi signal in your home. Make sure to place your wireless gateway or router in a central location of your home, preferably on the main floor instead of the attic or basement – near where you plan to spend the most time with your WiFi-connected devices. The closer you are to your wireless gateway or router, the better the WiFi quality can be.

Next, position your wireless gateway or router so that it is elevated (off of the floor) and upright. Keep it away from thick surfaces (e.g., concrete floors and walls) and other household electronics that may cause interference with the WiFi signal, such as baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens, refrigerators and Bluetooth-connected devices. Also, try to avoid crowded areas, such as inside or behind furniture, like an entertainment console.
Wireless Gateway or Modem Performance

Rebooting (or restarting) your wireless gateway, modem or router is good for the equipment’s health and for your in-home WiFi performance. Doing this allows your equipment to update its software and optimizes your connection and speed, all while retaining your saved settings. This is similar to how rebooting your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet is essential for maintaining performance as well. See instructions on how to restart your WiFi equipment.

Sometimes you may be connected to your wireless gateway’s public WiFi network (xfinitywifi), which can limit your WiFi speed. It’s helpful to confirm that you’re connected to the correct network, which you can easily check in a few different places. For more details, learn how to find or change your WiFi password.

If you happen to use a separate router along with your wireless gateway, make sure the wireless gateway is in bridge mode. Learn more about turning bridge mode on your wireless gateway on and off. You’ll also want to position the antennae of your router so that one is pointing vertically (12 o’clock), and the other one is pointing horizontally (either 3 or 9 o’clock) to broadcast the strongest signal.
Tips for Connected Devices

Whenever possible, plugging stationary WiFi-capable devices directly into your wireless gateway or router creates a more optimal experience for your other connected, handheld and mobile devices. For example, desktop computers, gaming consoles and video streaming devices make sense to be connected via Ethernet cable instead of wirelessly, especially when activities on those devices are taking up a lot of bandwidth (e.g., graphic-rich online gaming, movies or TV shows).

Older devices connected to your in-home WiFi network may slow down the Internet speed experienced on your other devices. As a result, you may want to disconnect or turn off older devices to improve overall WiFi performance. Newer devices connected to your network should be updated with the latest operating system or application versions.