A computer network is the backbone of your business, enabling employees to connect with suppliers, clients, and each other. So when your network is keeping a snail’s pace, it can affect every aspect of your operations. Here are a few potential causes of a slow network.
Old or Underpowered Equipment
Technology advances quickly, so your network equipment needs to evolve as well. Sometimes, if the equipment is relatively new, a firmware update or a change in configuration settings can improve speed. Other times, if your equipment is old or consumer-grade, it may require replacement. Replacements can be inexpensive, especially when you factor in the increased productivity.
WiFi and Connections
While Wi-Fi is a great complimentary network for companies to have for meetings or guests, it is not recommended as the primary business network, especially with stationary PCs. Hard-wired connections still offer greater performance and security than a wireless network.
Even with great wired connection, issues can still occur between your network and the Internet. As data moves from a wide area network (WAN) to the World Wide Web, the connections must be robust enough to support the required speed. Many times the issue can be simply resolved by upgrading or reconfiguring connections.
Malware and Viruses
Poor security can enable malicious software to invade your network. Employees may inadvertently load malware when they open an email or download an app, or the malware may be placed by cybercriminals during a targeted security breach. The malware may run processes that slow your network.
Your best defense is to have strong firewalls and up-to-date virus protection software on every device. Monitoring your intrusion logs is also helpful. If you notice a breach, make sure your business or IT provider takes containment steps right away.
These are just a few tips to avoid slow network performance. For a more thorough review or your company’s network, contact us.