Network Services Group Explains the Culprits of Slow Internet

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Amzeal -- Has your internet been unusually slow?

It can be tricky to pinpoint the cause of slow internet. Outdated hardware, issues with your internet provider, and too many open applications are a few of the common culprits.

The first step to solving slow internet is to test your internet speed.
There are a number of websites that provide an internet speed test, such as There are three items that need to be tested: the upload speed, the download speed, and the ping latency.  Typically, you'd want to see speeds of at least 50-100 Mbps for downloads, and 10Mbs for uploads, but this can vary depending on the type of internet connection you have, and how you are connected (e.g. plugged in or WIFI).

What to do if Your WIFI or network is Too Slow
Closing unnecessary applications is the easiest first step. If that doesn't restore your speed, then it may be an issue with your hardware, network congestion, or your internet provider. One easy step is to reboot your modem, router, and switches to see if that helps.

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Another option is to call your internet provider to see if something is slowing down the internet service. If the option is available to you, you can also try connecting your device directly to your modem to check the speed there.  If it's still slow it's likely an issue with your provider.  If it's fast, then you likely have issues further downstream with your firewall, switches, computers, or even cabling. NSG can help you with the detective work if you'd like some help.

Update Your Hardware and Software
Sometimes when we are called in to help troubleshoot issues with network and internet speeds, we find that consumer grade equipment was used, was improperly installed, and was never maintained or updated.  This can all lead to slow downs and cause other problems including security concerns.

Do you have a rat's nest of cables? When were your router, WIFI, and switches installed and/or last maintained and updated?  If the answer isn't any time recently then those are all causes for concern, both in terms of speed and security.

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In order to avoid problems and optimize performance you want to make sure you have the right gear, properly installed, and have a plan in place to ensure it is maintained and updated.

Network Service Group Has Your IT Solutions in Ann Arbor
As an IT company, Network Services Group has a direct connection to hardware and software providers, and can acquire business class solutions that you won't find in a big box store. If you're at a stand-still with your slow internet and/or you're ready for some help, contact NSG for your IT solutions in Ann Arbor:

Don Prior

Source: Network Services Group
Filed Under: Computers

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