How can I improve my broadband speed?

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Think your broadband speed is slower than it should be? We can help you test your speed, check for faults and make sure your router is set up correctly.

Just joined or moved home?

If you’ve just joined EE or recently moved home, it takes up to ten days for the speed and stability of your broadband to settle down.

Check if you’re getting the speed we estimated

Check if you’re getting the speed we estimated

The plan you’re on will determine what broadband speed you get (in megabits per second or Mb/s). We’ll have estimated what speeds to expect when you joined. 

If it’s slower than it should be, get in touch and we’ll do our best to fix it.

If you receive lower than your minimum guaranteed speed, we will try to fix the issue. Normally, we’d try to do this within 30 days, but right now we might need up to 60 days because of coronavirus (Covid-19).

If we haven’t solved it by then, you'll be free to leave without having to pay an early termination fee. This is because we’ve signed up to the Ofcom Voluntary Codes of Practice on Broadband Speed.

> Find out what speed you’re getting

Check if it’s a problem with your WiFi

Check if it’s a problem with your WiFi

Do you only get slow speeds when you’re connected using WiFi? Try connecting your device to your router using an Ethernet cable and re-check the speed. If that speeds up your broadband, then you may have a problem with your WiFi.

> See how you can improve your WiFi speed and signal

Check for faults on the line

Check for faults on the line

If you can hear a noise on the line when using the phone, get no dial tone or are having problems making and receiving calls, there could be a problem with your line.

> See how to fix home phone faults

Check your router is set up correctly

Check your router is set up correctly

Got a Smart Hub?

If you've got a Smart Hub you can check to see if any of your lights are indicating a fault with our Smart Hub lights guide.

If there are no faults, check your Smart Hub is set up correctly using our Smart Hub set-up guide.

On other routers, first check to see if there are any lights on your router that are indicating a fault. If so, then check our guide for help with faulty connections.

If your router lights are normal and you've checked that there are no faults, then make sure your router is set up correctly using the steps below.

Got a standard router?
  1. 1

    connect to the master socket in the house to get the fastest and most stable speeds

  2. 2

    if your master socket has a single socket then make sure you use a broadband filter. This box makes sure that the phone and broadband signals don’t interfere with each other

    you can easily buy broadband filters if you need to - you'll need an ADSL filter for standard broadband or a VDSL for Fibre

    (please note that it can take up to three days to see any difference in your broadband speed once a filter has been fitted)

  3. 3

    check your router is plugged in properly

     

Got a Fibre Max 145 or Fibre Max 300 plan with an Openreach modem?

Ensure your Openreach modem is connected to your Smart Hub router using the Ethernet cable provided (e.g. red connectors).

This cable needs to be inserted into the "LAN" port on the Openreach modem and the red "WAN" port on the Smart Hub.

The grey broadband cable should then be connected from your master socket to the DSL port on the Openreach modem.

Boost your speed with Fibre

Boost your speed with Fibre

Depending on how you’re using your broadband, you might be better off switching to Fibre. Compare your usage in our table to see if you should switch plans.

  Standard Broadband (average speeds of 10Mb/s*) Fibre (average speeds of 36Mb/s*) Fibre Plus (average speeds of 67Mb/s*) Fibre Max 145 (average speeds of 145Mb/s*) Fibre Max 300 (average speeds of 300Mb/s*)
Usage: Occasional Light Moderate High Very high
What you use the internet for: Best for keeping small households connected and basic usage. Great for families so everyone can be online on multiple devices. Perfect for HD streaming, downloading and gaming on multiple devices. Stream more 4K movies and get more HD devices running smoothly. For when there's high and constant usage even outside peak times.
Number of people using the internet: 1 or 2 3 or 4 4 or more 5 or more 6 or more

*Please note: expected speeds differ depending on the technology available where you live and the proximity of your home to an on-street cabinet.

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