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Slow Internet Speeds

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Understanding the Issue

Slow speed issues can occur as a result of a variety of reasons including resource heavy programs, malware, a poor Wi-Fi connection, hardware restrictions and more. To effectively troubleshoot this issue you will need to test various steps and then run a speed test from the Shaw website to determine the source of the problem.


Resolving the Issue

Solution 1: Reset your System

Solution 2: Run a Speed Test

Solution 3: Check your Connections

Solution 4: Directly Connect Your Computer to Your Modem

Solution 5: Safe Mode Boot (Windows Only)


Solution 1: Reset your System

Resetting the Shaw Modem is the best first step you can take for any connection issues you may be facing. To perform a reset to your Shaw Modem, simply:


  1. Unplug the black power cable on the back of your Internet Modem
  2. Wait 30 seconds
  3. Reconnect the power cable
  4. Restart your computer
  5. Test your internet connection

 

If you have a Wireless Router (common brands for routers include: D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Belkin) connected to your Shaw Internet Modem, follow the instructions in the document listed below to reset your modem and router.


How to Power Cycle a Shaw Modem and Router

 

 

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Solution 2: Run a Speed Test

Start by running a speed test from http://speedtest.shaw.ca and then record the results you receive. You can compare your results with the expected results of your package at Shaw.ca - Compare Internet Plans.


Note: If the issue is primarily occurring while downloading as opposed to browsing the web then be aware that your download speed is also reliant on the source that you are downloading from. This is particularly true when using Torrents as you will be limited by the number of uploaders that are seeding the content, as well as how fast they are able to upload the data to you.

 

 

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Solution 3: Check your Connections

If your modem is not receiving the proper signal, due to signal degradation being present in your household, you may not be able to receive the appropriate Internet speeds. To resolve this, you will want to ensure that your cables are connected securely.


  1. Unplug the power cable from the back of the Shaw Modem
  2. Unscrew the coaxial cable from the back of the modem and confirm that the cable appears to be in good condition, without any bends or kinks in the line as this may indicate that it has become damaged
  3. Follow the line back to the cable jack on the wall and determine if the coaxial cable goes into it directly, or if it passes through any other devices, such as a splitter. If a splitter is present, try temporarily bypassing or removing the splitter so the line can connect directly to your modem
  4. Reconnect the coaxial and  power cables to the back of your Shaw Modem and allow the modem a moment to come online
  5. If you are using an Ethernet Cable to connect your PC to the router, or to connect your modem to a third party router, you can try replacing this cable temporarily in case it has become damaged


Once the modem is back online, please test the performance again by running a speed test at http://speedtest.shaw.ca

 


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Solution 4: Directly Connect Your Computer to Your Modem

To get the most accurate speed results you will need to connect one of your computers directly into your Internet modem. This will eliminate the possibility that the issue is related to either a third party router or is only affecting the performance of your wireless connection (wireless connections typically have less bandwidth than traditional wired connections).


For more information about how to connect your computer directly into the Shaw Modem, please review the below document:


Once the modem is back online, please test the performance again by running a speed test at http://speedtest.shaw.ca

 

Directly Connecting Your Computer and Modem

 


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Solution 5: Safe Mode Boot (Windows Only) (Advanced)

Occasionally, you can experience slow speeds because a program that has been installed on your computer is consuming too many resources, or alternatively, because it has been infected by malware (viruses). By starting your computer in safe mode with networking you will be able to accurately assess the impact that programs and malware may be having on your computer.


Once you have booted your computer into safe mode with networking, you can run another speed test at speedtest.shaw.ca. If the results are improved, than it is likely that your computer itself is causing the decreased speeds as a result of a faulty program or malware infection.


Booting your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows)

 

 

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