Bandwidth is a measurement of available or consumed data communication resources expressed in bits per seconds or multiples of it (bit/s, Kbit/s, Mbit/s, Gbit/s)
Having slow connections to the internet can be attributed to many factors. Here is a compilation of common problems that can cause a slow connection.
Router not configured correctly
Routers are your bridge between your Internet Service Provider and your Computer. Without the proper configuration settings and updates, the communication between devices can lack optimization.
Wireless Area Networks (WAN) without proper security settings
Network Interface Card (NIC) out of date
New software requires new updates. Updating your software regularly is always recommended.
Without proper anti-virus software, malware can use your bandwidth and download other programs without your permission, stealing your Internet speed among other things.
Domain Name System (DNS) out of date
Flushing a DNS can help you refresh the accumulated cache of information cluttered by your computer over a period of time.
Memory cache is full
The cache is a smaller, faster memory which stores copies of the data from frequently used main memory locations. As long as most memory accesses are cached memory locations, the average latency of memory accesses will be closer to the cache latency than to the latency of main memory.
Unused Programs taking space
While this is not harmful in any way to your computer, it does require space, and space takes memory. Getting rid of unused programs can free up space and give you room for more important files.
Computer has not been shut down in a while
We are all guilty of this one. Leaving your computer on sleep mode or standby mode attaches memory space, eventually making it slower to boot up.
If you encounter any of these issues, contact us for troubleshooting.