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Looking to Amp Up Your Optimum Internet Speed? Here’s What You Need to Know

Get faster Internet with Optimum. Find out which Optimum users are eligible for speed upgrades plus other ways to increase Internet speed without a plan change.

Home WiFi connections keep you on the right track with various aspects of daily life. From working at home and completing school assignments, to catching up on the news and streaming all your favorite live sporting events, home Internet keeps you connected. Most households use their Internet connection for several different purposes, all at once. This requires different levels of bandwidth.

If you’re currently paying for less Internet bandwidth than you need for the activities you do most frequently, you’re probably tired of slow upload and download speeds getting in your way. But many Optimum users are in luck with new access to increased Internet speeds in certain regions. If you’re not, don’t worry! We also have a couple other tricks to help you boost your Optimum Internet speeds.

How to Boost Internet Access as an Optimum User

Before you contact Optimum about maximizing your Internet service, take a second to check out SmartMove’s Optimum speed test. This quick resource will determine whether your Internet is functioning at the right speed. If it’s not, you may have some troubleshooting to do either on your own or with an Optimum representative to get your Internet back up to its best working speed.

Or, maybe your Optimum speed test will determine that your Internet connection is working at the proper speed based on your plan, it’s just not meeting your needs. This means it’s time to find out whether you qualify for increased Internet upload and download speeds from Optimum.

Currently, increased speeds are available for Optimum users in select regions. In order to find out whether your plan qualifies for speed upgrades at this time, simply log in to your online account and follow these instructions:

  • ​Click the Billing tab
  • Scroll down and click the Statements tab
  • Find Statement Details
  • Look for an Upgrade tab, and you should be directed to a new webpage that displays your options for upgrading
If these steps show that you are not currently eligible for a speed upgrade, you can contact your local Optimum helpline to get more information or talk about paying for more data or faster speeds.

Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Internet

Whether or not you’re able to upgrade your Optimum Internet speeds at this time, there are many easy ways to upgrade your household’s  online experience.

Sick of your streaming devices buffering mid-scene during your favorite show? Or experiencing a slow Internet connection when you’re on your mobile device? Here are some tips to speed up your Internet without changing your service plan.

Change the Location of Your Router

If you’re only experiencing slow Internet speeds on certain devices in your home but not others, the location of your router may be the problem. The more centrally your router is located to the rest of your home, the better the Internet connection will be for all of your devices. Additionally, make sure the devices requiring the highest priority are closest to the router to get the best possible connection.

Connect With an Ethernet Cable

Given the popularity of wireless Internet access, it’s easy to forget that a wired connection can often be much more quick and reliable. It may be slightly less convenient to attach an Ethernet cable to your device, as you can’t move around as freely. However, if you’re trying to do a data-heavy activity like on-demand streaming or gaming or even running simultaneous streams, an Ethernet cable will boost your Internet speeds significantly.

Get an Upgraded Router

In some cases, you might be using a WiFi router that isn’t built for the amount of space you need to cover. Contact your Optimum representative to find out whether a router upgrade is in order. Then you can get back to streaming your favorite cable TV channels online on your TV app, including ESPN, Fox, Showtime, TNT, Comedy Central, and many more.

Consider a WiFi Extender

A WiFi extender (not to be confused with a WiFi repeater) may also be needed if your router isn’t quite equipped to give you high-speed Internet access. WiFi extenders are easy to set up and are a great way to eradicate dead zones throughout your property.

Find the Best Internet and Media Bundles with SmartMove

Improving your Optimum Internet speed is definitely possible if you follow these tips. 

Need to add cable TV or mobile to your Internet service? SmartMove can help you find the best bundles available in your region from the highest quality providers available. Take a look at some of the top plans Optimum has available today:

Optimum 1 Gig Internet
Perfect for the modern ultra-connected home.

Optimum 500 Mbps Internet
Ideal for supporting multiple 4K UHD streamers at once.

Optimum 300 Mbps Internet
Great for multi-device HD streaming, gaming and more.

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