Users seem to be facing an issue related to downloading speeds on their Zephyrus G14. The laptop also delivers slow download speeds in applications such as Chrome, Steam, Battlenet, and other platforms. In this article, we shall dive deep into this problem and provide solutions that might resolve the prevailing slow download speed issue in your Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop.
Asus markets the Zephyrus G14 as the world’s most powerful 14-inch Windows 10 Home gaming laptop that is available on the market; it is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU that has 8 cores as 16 threads which can boost up to 4.3GHz, the laptop also uses the 2060 Max-Q version of the GPU. It comes with a 120hz 1080p panel or a 60hz 1440p panel so that customers can choose between the options.
- Fix: Asus Zephyrus G14 Slow Download Speed
- Method 1: Restart your Laptop (Windows 10/11)
- Method 2: Disable any existing VPNs running in the background
- Method 3: Check the Task Manager for applications using lots of bandwidth
- Method 4: Restart your Router or change the Network
- Method 5: Change the DNS of the Network
- Method 6: Enable Boost Throughput from Device Manager
- Method 7: Download the latest network driver from the Intel website
- Method 8: Use the SG TCP Optimizer application
- Method 9: Check For Hardware Defects
Fix: Asus Zephyrus G14 Slow Download Speed
Issues of slow download speed are quite common and happen every time. The issue is usually caused by the slow internet connection but may also result from multiple factors. Below, we have mentioned a few troubleshooting methods to fix the same. But before following them, check your internet speed and troubleshoot the same with your Internet Service Provider.
Method 1: Restart your Laptop (Windows 10/11)
Often, a quick reboot of your laptop will resolve minor issues such as slow download/internet speeds. To restart your Zephyrus G14, we suggest you follow these steps –
- Click on the Windows logo on the bottom left of your monitor.
- A power button icon should be present after clicking on the Windows logo; select the power button icon to open multiple options.
- From the multiple options, select the restart button and wait for the reboot process to complete.
Method 2: Disable any existing VPNs running in the background
VPNs stand for Virtual Private Networks. They mask your IP, making you untraceable and changing your location from the current location you are located in. VPNs can drastically affect the speed of your internet as it relocates your network. To disable any VPNs running in the background, we suggest you follow these steps –
- Select the tiny arrow from the bottom right of your screen; this is a drawer that displays all the applications running in your background.
- Right-click on any VPN application running in the background and click on the Exit/Quit option to close the application.
Method 3: Check the Task Manager for applications using lots of bandwidth
Some applications tend to use a lot of bandwidth in the background process, this could either be due to a bug in the application itself, or it could be downloading something in the background, leading to slower download speeds on other platforms. To check which application might be causing this issue, we suggest you follow these steps –
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your laptop keyboard simultaneously. This will bring up Task Manager.
- Select ‘More details’ at the bottom of the Task Manager.
- Select the Performance tab and look for the Network row, if any application is using lots of bandwidth, right-click on the application and select the End Task option.
Method 4: Restart your Router or change the Network
The router’s signal might be very weak. We suggest you try some of the methods listed down here –
- Restart your router and wait a few minutes before reconnecting.
- Try disconnecting your Wi-Fi from the current network and reconnecting again in a few minutes.
- Try a different router or connect the laptop with an Ethernet cable.
Method 5: Change the DNS of the Network
Changing the DNS to something like Cloudflare or Google can improve speeds compared to automatically setting the DNS. To change the DNS, we must follow these steps –
- Open Control Panel on your Zephyrus G14.
- Select the Network and Internet option.
- Select Network and Sharing Center.
- Select your connection type.
- Click on the Properties button and double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- Enable the custom DNS option and enter 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 in the boxes, respectively, as shown in the images below.
- Save the changes and exit the dialogue box
Method 6: Enable Boost Throughput from Device Manager
Boost Throughput is an option available for NICs (Network Interface Card) in the device manager; enabling this might boost the signal of your Zephyrus G14’s range for the network, thus fixing the prevailing issue. The steps to enable this are as follows –
- Right-click on the Windows Logo on your desktop.
- Select Device Manager to open the list of devices connected to your laptop.
- Click on the arrow left-side of Network Adapters to reveal your Zephyrus G14’s NIC.
- Open the properties of your Intel NIC, look for the Throughput Booster option, and enable it.
Method 7: Download the latest network driver from the Intel website
Keeping your laptop’s network drivers up to date is very important as it can cause issues such as low speeds for surfing and downloading. To update the network driver, we must visit Intel’s website and follow these steps –
- Zephyrus G14 uses Intel’s NIC, head over to this link to open Intel’s NIC driver section.
- Download the latest driver update available and give it a couple of minutes to finish downloading.
- Run the .exe setup that was downloaded from Intel’s website.
- Once the update is installed successfully, we suggest you restart your laptop for changes.
Method 8: Use the SG TCP Optimizer application
If none of the above methods work, our final solution would be to try out the SG TCP Optimizer application. This application optimizes your network settings without causing any side effects. Click on this link to download the application. Follow these steps to use the application –
- Open the application after downloading it from their website.
- Upon opening the application, the user is greeted with multiple settings.
- On the bottom right, select the Optimal option and hit the Apply Changes button.
- This might take a few seconds, the user will be prompted with a message upon completion.
Method 9: Check For Hardware Defects
If none of the above solutions seem to resolve the prevailing issue, it might be that your Zephyrus G14 is having hardware-related issues, these cannot be resolved by the user themselves. Therefore, we suggest you visit your nearest Asus service center along with your laptop, its box and the invoice copy of the laptop.
Asus offers a warranty on all their products and will replace or repair your laptop depending on the seriousness of the issue. So make sure to avail advantage of the warranty policy.
This brings us to the end of this guide for fixing Asus Zephyrus G14 Slow Download Speed. Please note that the download speed also depends on the download server as well. In case you’re downloading from a low-quality server, the speed may be slow even if you personally have a highs speed internet. If you are downloading from a high-speed server and still facing a slow download issue, then you may follow the above methods to troubleshoot the issue.