At the moment, the easiest and simplest way to find out if your ISP slows down your internet speed is to run a speed test, then install a VPN, and then run the speed test again. If your connection seems to be faster after using a VPN than it was before, it’s likely that your Internet service provider (ISP) is intentionally slowing it down or “throtting” it.
A VPN connection creates a secure privacy wall around your internet connection so that your ISP can’t see what you’re doing online. In addition to having a secure, well-encrypted connection, your ISP won’t be able to slow down your internet speed. But before you can say for sure that your ISP is slowing down your connection, you need to know the difference between throttling and other ways your internet connection can slow down.
Why does the speed of the internet slow down?
If you notice that your internet connection is slower than usual and that the speeds you get are also slower, then one of these three problems is probably what is slowing down your connection.
1. Your network provider has to deal with a lot of traffic.
Internet connections are like roads for digital information. Just like real roads, when there is a lot of traffic on the Internet, it can slow down or even stop moving. Your ISP’s network or your home network could be causing these slowdowns. If either of these have a lot of traffic, it would slow down your connection.
If a lot of people in the same area are online at the same time, the data they send back and forth on the network can fill up the network’s bandwidth and slow down the internet connection. If this happens, it’s usually in places with a lot of people and during busy times like evenings and weekends. Call your ISP’s customer service and ask them to speed up the network in your area so that the connection doesn’t slow down.
If it’s not your ISP’s network, it’s probably your home network, which may be slowing down because you have a lot of devices connected to it at the same time. To do this, you will need a faster Internet connection to handle all of your online tasks.
2. Your device is stuck.
One of the most common reasons your internet connection is slow is that your modem or router is old and often gets clogged.
Modems and Routers can sometimes get too much information for them to handle, which can slow down or stop your internet connection completely.
The most common way to fix this is to reset your modem or router. This will erase all the data stored on the router and get your network speed back to normal. If your internet connection is slow because of this, you can also look for a new, better router.
3. Your connection is being slowed down by your provider.
Your ISP uses “throttling” to slow down your internet connection. Internet throttling means that your Internet connection is slowed down on purpose.
Most of the time, ISPs do it, but sometimes a user has to do it themselves to get a stable connection.
On the other hand, if you have a limited data plan, you might want to slow down your connection to save data. This is called “throtting” your connection.
When your internet connection slows down because of a lot of people using it, this is not considered throttling. This is because many devices are connected to the same network, which slows down the connection speed.
But it would be throttling if your ISP purposely slowed down the connection speed of one customer in order to speed up the connection speed of another customer.
Why do ISPs slow down internet speeds?
This process is done for a number of reasons.
1. When you sign up for an internet plan from a certain ISP, there may be a clause that lets them slow down your connection if you go over a certain amount of data. So, if you use more data than you are allowed, your ISP may slow down your connection.
Some ISPs have been accused of slowing down a customer’s connection based on what he does on the internet. Even though there is no law that lets ISPs do this, they do it anyway to keep the speed up for other users. For example, an ISP may slow down a user’s connection speed if the user is doing something that needs a lot of bandwidth, like downloading very large files through torrents.
2.ISPs can also slow down their networks where they connect to other parts of the internet. This may give the ISP the power to charge more to content providers whose traffic goes through that connection often.
Speed tests might not be enough to tell if someone is throttling.
If your modem/router is working fine and there isn’t a lot of traffic on your network, it’s likely that your Internet service provider is slowing down your connection.
3. Doing a speed test is the best way to find out if your connection is being slowed down. A speed test could give you information about how fast your internet connection is. Even though a speed test might not be the most accurate way to find out how fast your connection is, it would be close.
For example, if you have a 10 Mbps connection, your speed will vary. Sometimes it will be around 8 Mbps, and sometimes it will be between 9 and 10 Mbps.
But it’s also important to note that most ISPs know when a user starts using a speed and stop throttling for the time being. The speed test result looks normal, but after the test is over, the ISPs go back to throttling. So, you should try a VPN to see if your ISP really is slowing down your connection.
How can a VPN help in these situations?
The best way to find out about throttling is to use a VPN, which can hide what you are really doing on the internet from your ISP.
Your ISP won’t know if you are running a speed test or downloading large files via torrent.
You can also get an accurate speed test through a VPN, which will help you figure out if your ISP is really slowing down your internet.