How to Check Windstream Internet Speed

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Thursday, 02 May 2024

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Are you scratching your head to figure out whether you’re getting the speed as advertised by Windstream or not?  

The reasons for slow internet speeds could be high network traffic or a large number of devices connected. Whatever the issues are, this blog is going to help you find the necessary solutions and settle all the other queries that you have or haven’t Google-ed yet.

So, let’s get right into it.

How Do You Check Your Windstream Internet Speed?

Simply hit the ‘GO’ button on the internet speed tester and get the real-time analysis of your internet speed.

For not only Windstream, but this internet speed test also works well for internet service providers (ISPs) like Xfinity, Spectrum, and more. So, make sure to evaluate your bandwidth requirement and then negotiate to get the best and value-for-money internet plan from your current ISP.

How Fast is Windstream Internet?

Generally speaking, Kinetic Internet speeds range from 100 Mbps to a massive 8000 Mbps. That said, the internet speed you get, highly depends on your location. Especially, the Ultra Gig plans are only available in select areas.

Check if Kinetic by Windstream is available in your area.
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Why Is My Kinetic by Windstream Internet So Slow?

We all hate when the video quality drops while streaming our favorite movies. Don’t we?!

But why does it happen? There are a few common reasons, which may hamper your internet speeds and subsequently, poor-quality streaming.

Number of devices connected: A higher number of devices connected to a limited bandwidth (typically 100 Mbps) won’t be sufficient. That is why sometimes you have a poor digital experience even though everything seems fine from your ISP’s end.

Weak WiFi signals: Even with enough bandwidth, weak WiFi signals can be caused by physical obstruction (walls, refrigerators, ladders, etc.) impacting the signal strength of the connected devices.

Background processing: Some background apps might hog up your bandwidth to update software or run their programs in the stealth mode.

Network Congestion from ISP: You might likely face slower internet speeds in the later hours of the day. This is because more people use internet during this time and sometimes there is just not enough bandwidth to cater to a large number of devices within the network.

Outdated software or hardware: Apart from the complications outdated software and incompatible hardware can also lead to awful internet experiences.

How Can You Boost Your Windstream Internet Speed?

We have fairly discussed the reasons of your slow internet speed. Now let’s get to know how you should deal with these. Here are a few tips to boost your internet speed.

Do you want to dodge the fuss and need expert help in fixing your Kinetic Internet speed? Dial (855) 386-4087

Place your router in a central position

Check if your router’s coverage and signal strength is in accordance with your internet needs.

Make sure to keep the king in a central location. Not just this, but to minimize signal impedance, you can place your router at an elevated position.

Another thing to note is that electronic devices like ovens and refrigerator emit electromagnetic waves that may be intertwined with the radio signals of your WiFi router. This can also be a cause of slow internet speed. So, it’s better to avoid placing WiFi devices near such electronics.

Extend your router’s range

This tip especially works for big homeowners.

A typical 2.4 GHz router offers a coverage range of 150-meter indoors that might not be able to cover your entire home. You can fix this by employing WiFi extenders, mesh WiFi systems, or switching channels.

Pro tip: Ask your ISP to provide you with a WiFi range extender. You might get it for free or have to pay a nominal rent fee.

WiFi boosters are devices that extend the signals into the dead zones or just pick up the existing signals to transmit them to a specific area. On the flip side, a mesh WiFi system is a network of interconnected routers to widen the coverage area. The latter is rather expensive but more reliable.

Explore our article to learn more about how WiFi extenders work and why you should use them.

Opt for a wired connection

If you work from home or use a desktop PC more than your palmtop (mobile phones, tablets, etc.) then go with a wired connection. Don’t get us wrong here, wireless connections are fast as well but their reliability can be questioned because of signal interference.

Contrary to the popular narrative, wired connections are more reliable and fuss-free.

Follow the given steps to use a wired connection:

  • Turn off the router.
  • Insert one end of the LAN cable in the ‘LAN’ port (usually in a different color) of the router.
  • Connect the other end to the ethernet port of the desktop/laptop. Find it at the bottom corners.
  • Now switch on the router.
  • Wait until the blinking lights on the router become solid.

Disconnect unnecessary devices

The devices connected to your internet server keep hogging the bandwidth, even when they are not in direct use. This can lead to slower internet speeds.

By disconnecting such unused devices, you can free up the bandwidth. You can do so by long tapping your WiFi’s SSID under the settings of your connected devices (phone, tablets, laptops, etc.), and then selecting ‘Forget’ or ‘Forget Network.’

In case, you want to revoke access from all the devices, try changing your Windstream WiFi password.

Update the firmware of the Kinetic router

Your Kinetic router’s firmware might be outdated. This can be another reason of minimized bandwidth across your devices. You might have heard about this for the first time but let’s check with ease if your router’s firmware is up to the minute.

Follow these steps to check and then update:

  • Check the model and firmware version of the router from the box or bottom of the router. Visit the OEM portal of your ISP and select the latest firmware version of your router.
  • Download the update.
  • Once you are done downloading the app, log in to the admin portal of the router.
  • Go to ‘Advanced’ settings and then select the Administration tab.
  • Map the downloaded update.
  • Now, click ‘Upload’ and wait until it’s done. Make sure the router stays powered on during this process.

If you want a detailed overview, check our extensive guide for increasing your internet speed easily.

Is Windstream Satellite Internet?

The answer is no. Kinetic by Windstream relies on a DSL connection that uses phone lines to provide an internet connection. Not just this, but Windstream also offers dependable fiber-powered connections at affordable pricing.

Dial (855) 386-4087 to know if Kinetic’s fiber-based internet is available in your area.

Is Windstream DSL or Cable Internet?

Kinetic doesn’t use TV cables to provide internet connectivity since it is prone to high pings and latency. Instead, Windstream home WiFi is powered by a hybrid of DSL-fiber connectivity that can reach speeds of up to 8000 Mbps.

Is Kinetic Internet Fiber Optic?

Yes. Kinetic Internet has fiber based internet packages but these home WiFi plans are subject to availability.

What Internet Speeds Does Windstream Offer?

Check and compare Kinetic internet plans from the given table. But hold-up!

Before subscribing to any plan, we recommend you assess how much internet speed is good enough for your home to get the best value for your money.

Plan Max Download Speeds Connection Type Pricing How Do I Get It?
High-Speed Internet Up to 100 Mbps Copper $50/mo.*
For 36 months with AutoPay
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Fiber 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps Fiber $39.99/mo*
For 12 months with AutoPay
Call Now
Fiber 1 Gig 1 Gbps Fiber $39.99/mo** Call Now
Fiber 2 Gig 2 Gbps Fiber $99.99/mo*
For 24 months with AutoPay
Call Now

*Price includes a $5.00/mo. discount with AutoPay, option to disable at the next step. Prices may change after 12-month promo. Taxes & fees extra. **For the first 3 months with AutoPay (month 4-24 $69.99)

Is Kinetic Internet Any Good?

As quoted by CNET, Kinetic Internet provides great value in terms of money and internet speeds. Unlike satellite connections, Kinetic DSL provides better reliability and speeds, especially in rural areas.

What’s more, Kinetic fiber plans are considered one of the finest options for home internet because of their super high gig speeds, no data caps and no contracts policy.

To subscribe to an internet plan that works well for you.
Call us at (855) 386-4087

Summing Up

Keeping a check on the speed you are getting for your internet connection is essential for you to work seamlessly from home, entertain yourself, or upload your ‘baecation’ photos on social media. This guide can help you with exactly that and more.

Do you want further assistance in troubleshooting your Windstream internet? Talk to our experts at (877) 875-1220 who are as fast as Flash when resolving your issues.