A recent survey in the United Kingdom noted that approximately 46 per cent of broadband subscribers use their broadband service for work. The study also showed that 71 per cent of end-users choose service providers based on their reliability and quality of connections.
While your choice of provider inevitably affects the quality of service you receive, there may be times when you will experience a slow Internet connection due to other factors, such as:
Out of date Network Equipment
Low quality modems, cables and routers often cause slow connections. Some technical malfunctions may keep your network connected, but will adversely affect your Internet speed. To solve these issues, some subscribers reconfigure the equipment and experiment with a range of different settings. Others bypass the router by changing network adapters and swapping cables, which shows the specific part of the system that is performing poorly.
To avoid this problem, businesses choose facilities that use fibre optics, such as an Ethernet connection service. Many service providers offering Ethernet connections across the country use robust and carrier-grade equipment to provide reliable and optimum speeds to subscribers.
Broadband Router Settings
Many broadband users experience slow speeds because they did not configure their routers properly. For instance, a very high or very low MTU setting can lead to performance issues. Broadband users can avoid this problem by making sure their routers follow the recommended settings.
Background Applications Can Consume Network Resources
Running background programs can consume internet resources, which makes it appear as if your connection is slow. As it is easy to forget that you have applications running on your computer, frequently check your task manager for unused programs running in the background.
Wireless Signal Interference
Signal interference slows down wireless connections, as your computer continuously send messages through the network to maintain broadband speeds. You can reduce interference by changing the channel number of your Wi-Fi and perhaps, even by repositioning the router.
Internet Worms and Viruses
Malicious applications can spread through your network, PC and can consume valuable memory resources. Internet worms often produce unnecessary traffic and can drag down your speed. When you suspect that your computer has been infected with Internet worms or viruses, run an antivirus program to diagnose and delete the applications.
Do not allow slow connectivity affect the efficiency and productivity of your business. Look for a reliable provider and continuously monitor your network for malicious software and unnecessary background applications.