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Why is my network SO slow?

In today’s world we get our food fast, order items online with speedy delivery and access information and data quickly by the internet. A slow network causes frustration and loss of productivity.

The Internet has made tremendous advancements in the last decade, and more and more businesses around the world utilize cloud computing as well as digital assets to compete in the global marketplace. Networks are now inundated with additional Wi-Fi devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, music players, etc. The substantial increase in the number of devices on a network can cause lags in speed, and other slow-downs that were not anticipated only a few years ago.

Network speeds become critical as employees wait for file transfers, attachments to download and web pages to open. The need for speed is key to better efficiency and profitability.

With today’s technology there is no excuse for a slow business network, however identifying the problem can sometimes be challenging requiring diagnostic testing as well as inspections.

The most common reasons for a slow network is:

- An outdated network infrastructure: Many business networks have dated network switches, firewalls and even cabling. We’ve seen network switches dating back to the 1980’s, rodent problems that have compromised wiring, and even aged, deteriorated cabling. While many people understand the need to upgrade their computers, few put priority on upgrading the devices that connect all these computers. A failing or old device can sometimes be the cause of network slowness.

- Your internet provider could be the problem: Many businesses have cloud based applications, what is sometimes perceived as a slow local network is actually an issue with the cloud provider or internet connection. Troubleshooting the area where your local networks ends and the internet begins becomes crucial to determining the actual cause of slowness.

- Your computer could be the problem: Many companies keep and use computers much longer than they should be used. A four-year-old computer may not function well enough to keep up with current software demands and updates, resulting in slower processing speeds and memory issues. The problem being the actual computer and not the network.

If your company is experiencing a slow business network now is the time to troubleshoot the issue. Prolonging diagnostic testing can lead to frustration and a drop in efficiency and profitability. Sometimes a slow network is a warning of something else to come such as hardware failing, a virus or malware infection, or even a hacking attempt.

Don’t hesitate, contact one of our network specialists today. We’re here to help you get up to speed and back to work.

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