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How to increase your upload speed

Slow upload speed getting you down? Read our tips on how to improve your service.

One of the most common reasons your upload speed could be slow may be based on your provider and package you have. Different providers perform better in certain areas of the country, and it could be worth checking out the alternatives.

Test your upload speed with our broadband speed test.

How to increase your upload speed

  1. Try using a wired connection. If you’re currently using a Wi-Fi connection, try switching to an ethernet cable, as wired connections have a faster upload speed.
  2. Clear your temporary files. Clearing your history, cache, and cookies can increase the overall speed of your computer, and this, in turn, increases your upload speed.
  3. Remove other devices from your network. Having many devices connected to your Internet at once can really slow down speeds, so try removing these. This can include wireless printers and mobile phones too.
  4. Remove malware. Malware is one of the things that can slow your computer’s speed down most, so you should make sure you don’t have any viruses. You can do this by downloading antivirus software and making sure that it’s working properly.
  5. Change your DNS settings. Different domain name servers (DNS) have different speeds. You can change your DNS by finding the fastest ones and entering the code manually in your internet settings or by downloading tools to help get the fastest ones. Two reliable tools are Google DNS and OpenDNS, but there are also some professional-level ones that you have to pay for.
  6. Update device drivers. If your device drivers are outdated, it can really slow you down. You can update them by clicking “update device drivers” in your network adapter’s options menu.
  7. Upload at off-peak times. This one isn’t beneficial if you need to upload quickly now, but off-peak times have much quicker speeds, and this is something to consider when choosing to upload something.

Frequently asked questions

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Name Product Prices from (per month) Max Download Speed (Mbps) Minimum Contract (Months) Unlimited Data Option?
NOW Unlimited - No contract
$74.95
70
No contract
Yes
FINDER OFFER: Save $10 a month on a no-contract plan. Use your own router or buy one for $120.
Wireless Nation Fibre Broadband
$79
900
No contract
Yes
Unlimited fibre, ADSL and VDSL broadband plans with no connection fee and local Kiwi support.
Voyager Fibre 100
$89
100
No contract
Yes
$79 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
NOW Ultra Unlimited
$99
900
12
Yes
Special offer: $14.05 off each month ($84.95 per month) with no connection fee and a free router.
Wireless Nation Home Wireless
$59
36
No contract
No
Plug and play wireless broadband plans with no installation needed. Data plans ranging from 60GB to 600GB.
Voyager Fibre Max
$109
950
No contract
Yes
$99 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
NOW Unlimited
$85
100
12
Yes
Special offer: Get 6 months half price ($42.50 per month). No connection fee.
MyRepublic Fibre 100
$79
100
No contract
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
MyRepublic VDSL Unlimited
$79
70
No contract
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
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