This article does not have to start off listing the ways you need internet, you just do. The internet is an ever-present facet of modern life, whether at work or at home, you need it. This is especially true for expats who have a strong need for the communication, information, and entertainment the internet can provide. First, let’s see what we have for:
You can test your internet connection speed using various websites and tools, like speedtest.net, speakeasy.net, or AT&T’s speedtest. Japanese ISP will often ask you to test using the BNR Speed test, but it is a Japanese language only tool. But what do the results mean?
Your specific results should fall in one of the middle two-speed zones, and the majority will fall between 5-10 Mbps, in our experience. While this is rarely the advertised speed you will find that all the internet companies advertise the “peak” speed, which is the speed their service achieved once, under ideal conditions, basically next door to their switch. In other words, the advertised speed is very unlikely to be your reality.
If your speed is an issue, you may want to spend some time diagnosing your connection.
Yes, I know it is cliche, but if there is a problem reboot everything, immediately. Reboot the computer, and especially the wifi router. This is best accomplished by simply unplugging it for at least 30 seconds before plugging it back in. If the issue persists…
Is your wifi slow, or your internet connection slow? To test this, run the speed test again, only this time make sure your wifi connection is turned off, and your computer is accessing the internet via network cable directly from the modem.
Assuming you have confirmed lightning-fast speed from the direct connection, we will continue.
The placement of your router or computer is not really up to you if reception is important. You must place both devices strategically to ensure your internet is speedy! Some points to note:
Here are some additional resources for determining the best place for your router:
If the issue persists…
If you live in a high-density population area, like most of Japan, your neighbor’s wireless networks are crowding the airwaves around you and may negatively affect your router’s performance; especially if they are using the same default channel. There is no one way to change a router’s channel, each manufacturer is different. Here is a basic guide, but you should see the router manufacturer’s instructions for your particular device.
If you are still not getting the speed you should be, try:
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