Many things can slow down your network. Here are some common causes:

Insufficient Bandwidth

Do you need more bandwidth or are you not using it efficiently?

If you demand too much of your Internet service at a given time, tasks will complete slowly and inefficiently. If this happens consistently, you may need more bandwidth for your business.

But first, check for unnecessary traffic. If employees are streaming videos, uploading a lot of unnecessary data, or other extracurriculars, you might experience avoidable bottlenecks. Setting up a content filter will block a lot of this.

Hardware and Software Issues

Out-of-date software and older hardware may be incompatible with the newer stuff and is simply not as efficient.


Besides stealing your data, malware can slow your network. A sudden slowdown with no other apparent cause is often malware.

Network Misconfiguration

The issue may be in your network, in the form of poor configurations. An internal audit can help you identify this.

ISP/Website Issues

If your Internet service provider is experiencing issues, your performance will too. The same goes for those times that you’re accessing an online tool or cloud-based database. Contact them to find out. The good thing is that you know they will take care of the issue promptly since they want to stay in business.


Latency is just one frustrating side effect of a greater issue.

When your computer connects to another part of a network, like a website, it sends a small data packet, called a ping, to confirm the connection. Latency is the time it takes for the ping to be sent out and returned. If latency is high, connections are slow.

High latency, which can impact the operation of your entire network, has many causes.

Reach out to your IT resource for assistance with network speed, or give the team here at Quikteks a call at (973) 882-4644. We can help.