Before embarking on improving your broadband connection, we recommend that you determine your current downlink connection speed (which will be reported by your modem).
You will be able to immediately see any improvement from our tips in the downlink connection speed, so use this measure to judge your improvement. For the purposes of optimising your broadband connection, please ignore online speeds tests, as some can be grossly inaccurate and reported speeds can vary according to the time of day. Since immediate improvements in connection speed can take some time to be observed by speed tests, please rely on the accuracy and immediacy of connection speed reported by your modem.
Connection speeds are the downlink and uplink rates at which your modem connects (synchronises) to the BT exchange, and are set by equipment in the exchange. You can access the connection speeds from one of your modem's menus. You will need to find out how to do this in the manual that came with your modem, Many manuals are available online.
As an example, the display from the Billion 7800N modem router is shown below. It shows that, at the time this image was captured, we had a connection speed of about 6.5 Mbps on the downlink and about 1 Mbps on the uplink.