Now that online marketing and cloud computing play an integral role in business, having internet bandwidth has never been more important. Sometimes, all it takes for business to come to a grinding halt is a substandard or poorly optimized internet connection. It’s also a common mistake to assume it’s all about your service provider. While there are indeed issues that may arise on their end, most problems with low bandwidth stem from misconfigurations in the office. Bandwidth capacity and performance bottlenecks are affected by numerous factors.
Here are some of the ones you can resolve yourself:
#1. Use quality of service protocols
With today’s business networking infrastructures typically spanning far beyond the traditional in-house network to incorporate a rising number of cloud services, it has become essential to implement quality of service (QoS) controls.
These solutions let you define which applications and functions get the best service across the network. This will ensure that applications that are sensitive to latency, such as online telecommunications, run smoothly. QoS can reveal and eliminate common networking problems like packet loss, delay, and jitter, all of which can manifest themselves no matter how fast your actual internet connection is.
#2. Use local caches for data-intensive work
Although business computing is primarily focused on the cloud, there’s still a case for in-house computing, particularly when it comes to bandwidth-intensive or latency-sensitive tasks. But rather than choose between one or the other, you can adopt a hybrid approach, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
For example, few things consume bandwidth faster than synchronizing your online and offline files, as well as automated backup tasks. Things like this should always be incremental, while keeping an up-to-date cache of data on-site means you won’t have to constantly download data every time you log in to a cloud-enabled application.
#3. Schedule bandwidth-intensive tasks
Before you can apply QoS controls in support of your critical business operations, you will need to learn how your bandwidth is being used. Bandwidth traffic monitoring services collect, monitor, and analyze incoming and outgoing traffic to provide you with a full report on which services are being used and by whom.
You can monitor traffic by endpoint, application, or user account to quickly and easily identify bottlenecks. For example, if bandwidth-intensive tasks like video streaming or automated backups are getting in the way of everyday business operations, bandwidth monitoring will let you know about it. You can then stop any unnecessary activity and schedule things like backups to run outside of office hours when the network isn’t being utilized so heavily.
#4. Replace outdated hardware
Many of the most common bandwidth- and performance-related problems stem from outdated hardware, software, and protocols. Sometimes all it takes to bring an important application like web-based telephony to a standstill is an old ethernet cable. Aside from the internet connection itself, performance depends heavily on having an up-to-date router that supports the latest networking protocols.
With wireless networking, you should ideally have a router supporting the current wireless-ac standard, while cabled connections should always use Cat 6 ethernet cables. You should also upgrade any additional networking hardware that might be slowing the network down, such as old powerline networking units and wireless range extenders.
#5. Limit access to non-business websites
While it isn’t necessary or even desirable to prevent employees from using the office network for personal reasons entirely, it is wise to limit their usage of bandwidth-hogging sites or even block them. Any video streaming services, such as YouTube and Netflix, consume a lot of bandwidth, and there’s rarely any legitimate reason to access them while at work.
Most routers designed for use in business allow you to blacklist certain websites. This doesn’t just conserve bandwidth, it also boosts productivity by eliminating common distractions like social media.
Prosum provides network optimization and proactive support services to businesses in Los Angeles. This way, your business can run smoothly and rest easy knowing that your internet service is uninterrupted. Give us a call today to ensure your internet bandwidth is optimal at all times.