The world is becoming increasingly dependent on Internet usage, and with so many industries based on either using or providing Internet services, you can't afford to ignore proper Internet management. To get the most out of your connection, you'll need to squeeze every minute of Internet usage into valuable service without slowing down the rest of your network. A look at a few pitfalls in Internet management and ways to get around the convenience can keep your business not just afloat, but rising to the top.
Why Is Internet Management Necessary?
Internet is a finite resource, especially when it enters one building. You have a specific amount of Internet usage available for your entire network, called bandwidth. When you perform multiple tasks that use the Internet (or the capacity of your network devices, such as routers, modems or switches), the different tasks must compete for network usage.
With modern network devices, a lot of the work is done for you. Residential and some commercial network devices sent by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) are programmed to divide network resources depending on demand. Unfortunately, once your demand becomes as high as your maximum bandwidth, downloads begin to slow down and connections may be lost.
Network management is a continual balance of ensuring there are enough resources to avoid critical failures. There needs to be an overhead, which is a reserved pool of network resources that isn't used in order to maintain connection. Along with the overhead, all tasks must be limited to avoid overreaching and restricting other tasks. An example is keeping all downloads from websites at 50% capacity and keeping videos from entertainment websites to a mere 20%.
Sophisticated networking techniques can allow any resource to take as much Internet usage as they desire until something else wants a share of the resources. Load balancing is a complicated yet beautiful thing when accomplished, and is available from your ISP.
What Tasks Are Heavy On Internet Usage?
The biggest Internet user depends on what you're doing as a business or in your home. The most common, high-capacity Internet task is file downloading, where large files are downloaded for later use. These files could be games, movies or music.
Next up is streaming. Instead of downloading an entire file and using it after its down, music and movies can be loaded bit by bit as you watch or listen. Streaming is designed to be downloaded and discarded so that Internet users don't have to fill up their hard drives just to enjoy media.
Internet Phone services via VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) are another big Internet user, but it depends on how you use voice communications. Some people only use Internet voice communications as needed, whereas many businesses have ongoing conferences and constant back-to-back calls as if it were a normal phone service.
If you need help balancing your network traffic or want more information on how you can stay connected with as few interruptions as possible, contact a company like Communications Plus.