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Why is My Internet So Slow?

By March 7, 2013February 28th, 2023Blog

You’re zipping along on the Internet and suddenly you’re struck by a slow Internet connection. You have no idea why, and it’s not immediately obvious how to fix it. You know something has to be hogging your bandwidth, but you’re not sure what, and in some cases, who. Check these common bandwidth-stealers that may be affecting your Internet connection.

Video Channels Like YouTube

YouTube is infamous for sucking up bandwidth, as are many other streaming services such as Pandora and other video and music services. If you allow employees to connect to these websites and they use them frequently, you’ll see a decrease in Internet speed throughout your entire office. A research company said that a team of 40 staff all using YouTube at the same time will eat up over half of your bandwidth in a typical office environment.

Online Backup

Though it is very important to back up your files on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, doing so leaves very little room for other things to go on. Instead, save your backups for when the office is closed so you don’t wind up having to deal with Internet that’s as slow as a 56k modem.

Malware/Computer Bug

A malware or bug that infects your network can easily slow down the processes in your office to a snail’s speed. The main way a bug communicates with its host is by sending information to him or her through the Internet, which means it’s eating up your bandwidth. Combine an advanced piece of malware with a network of many computers, and you’ll have lag problems until the problem is fixed.

Contact an expert or your local ISP if you need help diagnosing Internet connectivity problems.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.