These days, very few businesses can manage to function properly without the internet. Cloud storage, remote workers and VoIP are just a few reasons why modern businesses rely so heavily on constant internet access. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to provide stable and reliable internet access to your employees. But with business networks shouldering more capacity requirements, you might be losing track of everything that is affecting your business’ network speed.
According to a study by SanDisk, employees across the world can waste between 4.9 and 6.8 days waiting for their computers to respond. Let’s take a look at some of the dynamic factors that can influence your network speed.
Number of users
The most common issue affecting your network speed is the number of users on the network at a given time. Networks are designed to support a set maximum of connections while running at their full potential, and once that limit is reached the system starts to slow down. Consider, for instance, the fact that your network speed is faster over the weekend than it is during the week. In the case of WiFi networks, employees usually connect more than one device to the network at a time, which can also lead to speed and connectivity issues.
Viruses and malware get smarter every day. Their methods of infiltration are becoming more sophisticated and can go undetected for a long time, accessing the internet without permission in the background. Networks that are unprotected (or not adequately protected) usually run slower because of malware, which is why antivirus software is mandatory. It is also important to keep your antivirus program regularly updated and to download an upgrade annually, when one becomes available.
Users accept all kinds of terms of conditions when they install new programs, usually without reading them. These terms and conditions very often involve permission settings that allow the programs to use the computer’s resources like its access to the network. The more programs users install, the slower their computers become and, sometimes, the heavier the burden on your network speed. It is the responsibility of the user to check and adjust each program’s auto-update, sync and backup settings.
The hardware you use has a big influence on your network speed. The type of router you have impacts the strength and reach of your WiFi network, but an Ethernet connection is typically faster than WiFi. The age and capabilities of the devices connected to the internet can also affect the quality of the connection. Generally, keeping up-to-date equipment and hardware greatly improves your network speed.
Get it right from the beginning
By aligning your business with the right internet service provider you can ease all of your concerns about losing a working weeks’ worth of time due to slow internet connections. To get yourself clued up on some of the intricate IT jargon you need to be aware of, download our Glossary of Internet connectivity terms.