What affects internet speed?


What affects Internet speed?

Internet speed may be affected by a number of variables, including:

  • The host server and its Internet connection.

  • The Internet routers through which data travels before it reaches your network.

  • Adware or spyware that causes a computer to process data more slowly.

  • A corrupted or poorly configured Web browser.

  • Incorrect TCP/IP configuration.

  • The speed of the processor, network, hard drive, graphics accelerator and the amount of RAM on a computer.

  • An inefficient, corrupted or misconfigured operating system.

  • A networking device or router that is older, has outdated software or is misconfigured or overloaded.

As businesses adopt more bandwidth-intensive applications and communications technology, Internet speed becomes a critical factor in ensuring smooth operations and continued productivity. But what affects Internet speed, and what steps can businesses take to ensure they are receiving the fastest speeds available?

Here’s a brief primer on “What affects Internet speed?” that provides some suggestions.

What affects Internet speed?

For every data exchange on the Internet—every webpage viewed, file downloaded or video watched—data is handled by dozens of devices before reaching the end user. Internet speed is determined by the speed of the slowest link in this data chain.

What affects Internet speed before data reaches the business?

Internet speed may be affected by slow host servers or by servers with a slow Internet connection. The Internet routers through which data passes on the way to the business may also affect Internet speed if they are misconfigured or overloaded by high demand.

What affects Internet speed on a business computer?

Once data reaches the business network, it may be slowed by a number of factors, including adware or spyware residing on a device, poorly configured Web browsers, TCP/IP configuration, and the quality/speed of device processors, hard drives, network cards and other hardware.

What affects Internet speed on shared Internet connections?

For businesses that have a shared connection to the Internet, Internet speed will be affected by the number of other subscribers that are online. Internet speed will be slower during peak traffic times and normal business hours, and will be faster during off hours. That’s why many businesses elect to use a dedicated Internet connection that delivers guaranteed bandwidth.

What affects Internet speed over WiFi connections?

When connected to WiFi, the number of other devices that are on the same WiFi connection will have an impact on Internet speed.

What affects Internet speed with Spectrum Enterprise?

Spectrum Enterprise is a leading provider of fiber Internet services to America’s largest businesses. We offer dedicated, high-performance connections for data-intensive applications, with an SLA that provides guaranteed availability. Spectrum Enterprise connectivity provides scalable bandwidth from 25 Mbps to 10 Gbps, enabling organizations to add Internet speed as business requirements evolve.