Let me tell you quickly about last week’s experience with one of our customers. They ask for help because their network was performing very slow! Sounds familiar?
In most cases the network performance can be tweaked by fine tuning the applications that runs on a computer and you don’t have to upgrade your Internet speed or buy new network devices.
I will share with you a few steps you can take if you experience slow speeds at the office, or at home ;-).
- Check for programs that load at startup: If you are running Windows OS search and launch an application called MSConfig. Browse for the tab that shows you the startup applications. I won’t be surprised if you find lots of ‘tool bars’ or ‘search bars’ or too many instances of anti-virus programs. Many of these applications consume a lot of bandwidth. By the way, you can remove a good deal of spyware and malware by just checking this.
- Uninstall unused or undesired programs: From time to time make sure you remove programs you are sure you are not using, especially those that connect to the Internet. This will reduce the chances of wasting your capacity.
- Check your Wi-Fi: Prefer always wired connections over a wireless connection. Wi-Fi networks, particularly those running at 2.4 Ghz, can be easily saturated when lots of devices (laptops, tablets, phones, etc.) are on a same channel. If you have cordless phones, make sure you don’t use the same frequency. Move to 5Ghz if you can.
- Check your wiring: Poor wiring installation or old wiring may offer poor networking experiences. Make sure your Ethernet patch cord is good and not twisted.
- Enable Quality of Services (QoS) on your Internet Router: There is too many contents these days, routers may not know which packets data, which packets are voice or video. So, you may clog your network when syncing a big file to the company’s Dropbox.
Most of today’s routers manage QoS. Make sure you enable QoS features to differentiate an application’s capability to access the network. Assign priorities or establish rate limits on the amount of bandwidth a certain application can consume.
Finally, you may want to call your ISP and have them check your link. Sometimes when it rains the wiring may experience interference or noise due to humidity.