What Could Be Causing Your Network’s Slowdown?

If your network is running slow, you may be confused as to what to do about it. It’s one thing to have your home network experiencing issues, but it becomes a huge problem when the slowdowns are on your business or organization’s network. A system bottleneck test can help you find where the problems are occurring so you can have them fixed and get your network running at the speed you need! If your network is experiencing issues with speed, it can impact everyone within your company, including your customers. If speed issues are keeping you from being able to communicate with your customers at the speed they are expecting, you may end up losing some of them. Here are some of the common causes of bottlenecks that might be slowing down your company’s network.

Your Bandwidth Is Too Low

If your bandwidth is too slow, it’s like trying to force too much water through a pipe that’s just too small. When the pipe that the data is trying to flow through isn’t big enough to handle all of the traffic it can become congested and make your network go slow. During times where streaming services like Netflix are being used at their peak, congestion is more likely to happen. Many times, this can be remedied by calling your internet service provider and getting a better plan for your business that includes a higher bandwidth allocation.

Extra Devices On You Network

While usually this is as innocuous as a neighbor who is leeching off of your wi-fi, it can sometimes be something more serious like a hacker trying to access the information on your network. If this is the case, one of the indications that there is a problem is the slowdown of your internet speed due to the extra traffic on the network. Unfortunately, this slowdown may be the least of your problems if the person gaining access has bad intentions beyond just trying to get the internet for free. Once the network is made secure and they are no longer able to access it, the slowdown should stop.

Too Many Hosts On The Network

If there are too many devices connected to your network, it can become overloaded even if all of the devices have permission to access the network. The network that is being used is also known as a broadcast domain and it is suggested that each broadcast domain only have between 200 to 254 hosts accessing it at a time. If your network requires more than 354 devices accessing it, you may have to make some serious changes to make it be able to handle that many devices. Whatever the reason for your network’s bottleneck, it’s important to get it addressed as fast as possible. Not only is it impacting your speed, but it may also indicate a more serious security threat that could end up costing your company a lot of money if it is not fixed to prevent unauthorized access.