As our thirst for knowledge grows, so too does our demand for high-speed data access. Most people use the Internet to carry out all kinds of research. When we’re not working, we’ll go online to visit social networking sites. Other times, we’ll watch streaming videos from YouTube or listen to music from Spotify.
It’s clear that there’s a real need for high-speed Internet access these days. The infrastructure for it is in place for most areas. But, it’s often one’s internal network that lets them down in the performance stakes.
If that paints a familiar portrait, how can you build a fast yet reliable network? Keep reading to learn how to get started achieving that goal today:
Upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet
The cost to upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet in your network is quite small, to be honest. All you need to do is replace your routers and switches to ones that support the higher LAN speeds. In most cases, you won’t need to upgrade your cabling. That’s because CAT5e network cables already support Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
You should make sure the Internet router you upgrade to supports your ISP connection. Some fiber broadband connections can only work with specific routers. Check before you buy!
Use an alternative DNS provider
Most individuals and businesses use the DNS translation service provided by their ISPs. The trouble is; they are often prone to going down. That can have a big impact on you as you’d have no way of accessing websites!
Some people use Google’s DNS services while others opt for OpenDNS. I recommend doing some tests to compare which providers offer the fastest DNS. So, why else should you change DNS provider? The answer is simple: it’ll be quicker to access websites! Even on slow Internet connections, a fast DNS provider can make a major positive impact.
Upgrade your Internet connection
Perhaps the most obvious thing to do to speed up any Internet connection is to upgrade the service you get! The cost of fiber Internet is much lower these days, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t upgrade.
Some business environments may need to “bond” several fiber connections. There’s a need to do that if several hundred people are going online at the same time. YJT Solutions can devise an Internet strategy in such scenarios.
Upgrade your computers
Even if you had the world’s fastest Web speeds, your computers could be slowing things down. If your PCs, laptops and Macs are more than five years old, I recommend upgrading them.
You could either upgrade the parts within each system or buy replacement machines. The former option is cheapest while the latter future proofs your systems.
Consider upgrades such as SSDs and more RAM if you’re going for the upgrade route.
Install Internet security on each machine
Last, but not least, you need to ensure your systems don’t harbor any malware or viruses! They too can slow down your Internet speeds and make your network slow.
There are plenty of products available to buy, such as Norton 360.