You’re not alone when you observe that your favorite site is lagging these days. The average web site is now 2.1 MB in size, an increase of 200% since 2012. Videos, large images, plug-ins, and other complications website creators are injecting into their HTML in an effort to be more interesting and entice the visitor to linger longer are gumming up the works and clogging your broadband pipes. Many sites have also increased their analytics, which not only makes a website bigger, but also ups its task frequency, which adds to the slowdown.

 

Developers also have to take into account the burgeoning popularity of smartphones and tablets, which force them to create either multiple versions of websites, or add components to fit more formats. Another modern problem is increased security: stronger encryption and secured protocols require more lines of code and more data crunching, which results in more time needed to load a site. Even custom fonts can add to the draggy feel of browsing. The fact is, as sites get more complex trying to attract more visitors, everything is going to feel slow. Welcome to the Web, version 2015.

But, of course, there’s something you can do to speed it up. First, make sure you’re getting the most out of your Internet connection with the latest high-speed Internet modems and routers, like the ones in our current lineup. Then, make sure it gets everywhere you need it to be, with a proper wireless network extender.

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