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Is Your Network Running at its Limits?

Without your business’s computer network, your business would come to a screeching halt. How do you know if your network pushing its limits? If a computer network is stretched too thin, network congestion causes slow speeds, and you’re at risk for frequent crashes.

Let’s take a look at network congestion and how to fix it.

What is Network Congestion?

Like a freeway, networks carry “traffic.” Launch your word processor, open a file, download a video, make a call on WiFi, and you’re sending traffic back and forth along the network.

Your network is built to handle a certain amount of traffic. Once that volume is exceeded, you have network congestion or a bottleneck. Each new computer adds an additional source of network traffic. A congested network can’t keep up with the processing requirements of all those network requests, so it slows down or even crashes, just like a congested freeway.

Bottlenecks occur during periods of high demand, like a video conference, and then recover, but that’s still a sign that your network is pushing its limits.

Common Network Congestion Causes

Here’s the short list of common computer network congestion causes:

  • • Too many users at the same time.
  • • Data-heavy usage like downloading large files, watching streaming videos, video conferencing, or VoIP phone calls.
  • • Network hardware failures.
  • • Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
  • • Computer viruses, spyware, worms, and other network threats.

Alleviating Network Congestion

As you add computers, users, and devices to your network, upgrade it. For example, if you switch from a traditional PBX to a VoIP phone system, your network will need to be upgraded to handle all of that extra traffic.

It’s also vital that you upgrade your computer security system to protect your network from Distributed Denial of Service attacks and other network intrusions.

We Can Help

Call Quikteks to request a free network assessment and consultation. We will:

  • • Examine your network for signs of network congestion and vulnerability to threats and recommend network upgrades or optimization strategies.
  • • Make sure that your network has the capacity it needs to support your traffic demands now and in the future.
  • • Suggest security measures to protect your network from hackers and malware.

To schedule a network consultation, give us a call at (973) 882-4644.