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What causes broadband to drop out?


It can be extremely frustrating when your internet suddenly drops and stops working, and it can be even worse if it begins to alternate between functioning normally one minute to being completely useless the next. Even if you have a reliable and active broadband package, it’s likely that you will have experienced this issue for yourself at some point.


The truth is, any online activity can be hindered - if not entirely ruined - by a poor or inconsistent internet service. Video streaming and online gaming are affected the most, but if you’re suffering from an especially poor internet connection, even searching the web from your mobile device can be an uphill struggle. Each reason for a faltering broadband is met by a different cure, so identifying why you’re facing these issues is a major part of the solution.


Why does my broadband connection keep dropping?


There are many different variables that can impact your broadband connection. The most common reason for a dropped broadband connection is faulty wiring. It can also depend on how effective your service is through your microfilter, or it may be caused by issues between your home and the local exchange.

Thousands of local exchanges are situated across the UK. They’re used as a way of connecting telephone and internet lines to every house in the vicinity, and if there’s ever a fault with them, it can affect the connection to every local household.


This problem can also be caused by excessive internet usage within your household which can add further strain onto your connection. However, improved technologies from internet providers has made this issue more or less a thing of the past.


As with any problem as temperamental as this one, trial and error will always be the best path to a suitable solution. If you call your broadband service provider or attempt to fix the issue yourself, it’s likely you will end up going through the same process of checking every possible cause of the disruption before eventually fixing it.


Slow broadband speed can be caused by many different potential problems, such as congestion at peak times, an unsuitable router, a limited broadband package, or even your location if you’re positioned far from your local exchange.

An old fashioned local exchange for internet, fax and telephone connections



If it reaches a point where there’s no broadband connection whatsoever, it’s likely that your internet provider is at fault. Contacting them would always be the first step to take, as it will at least give you a sense of whether or not they’re aware of similar issues from other customers.


Does cold weather affect broadband?


Studies have proven that the weather can influence broadband performance, but it’s only likely to become a major issue if the weather is at a drastic level. A light rain shower is unlikely to impact your internet connection, but more extreme weather, such as a torrential downpour or storm, could significantly alter your service.


Cold weather shouldn’t be a big enough obstacle for your internet connection by itself. The weather will only tarnish your broadband performance completely if it becomes volatile enough to knock down power lines or cause power failures.


Although it’s unlikely that a storm of this nature would typically occur in the UK, it’s possible to avoid any chance of this happening by choosing a fibre optic internet package, as all wiring is situated underground.


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