Our need for the Internet

Virtually all businesses in today’s world of technology need to be connected to the internet. It is considered a critical life-force of the business infrastructure. Internet orders, emails, information search, and the social media daily fix (whether for personal or marketing purposes) need to be instantly available, exactly when we need them and provide exactly the right level of speed and versatility we need. Technology in general drives each business and without it things can grind to a halt. It’s unlikely anything earth shattering would happen if you lose your internet connection for a few hours, or even for a day but your profits would be affected. Whichever way you look at it, that’s not good business.    internet 1

 

There are many causes for internet disruption. So what are they and how do you get round it ?

 

Congestion. Mainly linked to high volume public areas such as hotels, libraries, football stadiums. However this can also occur in a busy office environment. Prevention is the answer using bandwidth control.   You can increase the level of bandwidth you get from your provider, and pay for the privilege. Putting in a managed bandwidth allocator will minimise this. Restricting certain web-sites is also a good option. Sometimes we need to remove the lure of certain media web-sites to employees. How do you control what your employees are streaming or downloading ?

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Failed link to provider; Faults happen. There is no fail-safe internet provider. Various unforeseeable and unpreventable issues can arise, such as thunderstorms, high winds, power surges, building work to name but a few. It is always a good idea to source internet service from multiple providers.

Internet speed fluctuations; not all DS lines are equal. Ensure you have the correct cabling in place. Ensure whoever provides your internet service fully explains what they are putting in place and how they will provide it.

Equipment failure; The main cause of equipment failure is power surges, which out routers and switches. Put UPS protection in place on all equipment. Routers and switches will fail. It may be prudent to have a spare in-house. When things go wrong it can be a quick and easy way to rule out the cause.

Operator error mistake; Check that wires are plugged in correctly, firewalls are connected and in order.

If you want assistance with your internet supply and support give us a call.  0161 798 4336.