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How do you know your computer isn’t listening, blank screen!

One of the things I used to do in my traveling days were helping companies set up areas for specific groups. The reason for that was my original consulting came in helping a graphic arts company set up their network. I learned a lot back in the days of Firey printers when we were sending files over the web, that shut the system down. I have spent my career ever since trying to help people successfully avoid overloading their home and business networks. So why not share a few fun things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most from your system. First, off, when you call your provider they say to you, it isn’t us. It may not be them. But, quickly, you can test that!

https://www.speedtest.net/

I like Speedtest.net. It is a useful tool, free, and you can run it from any device on your network. I always tell people the slow method is the one to run the speed test on. I run it on my iPhone, iPad, and computers. I would run this tool once a week or so to build an understanding of your actual internet speed.

Upload speed.

How do you understand the numbers?

  • Find your averages over at least three weeks. (latency a number followed by ms, upload and download speed)
  • Both uploads and downloads are wholly dependent; however, on the other system.
  • For example, upload 4 pictures to a web site that is an upload.
  • What you care about is the number list, usually a number followed by ms. That tells you how quickly the DNS of your ISP responds (DNS is Domain Name Server, ISP is internet service provider).

This quick test, if you run it enough, will tell you what your ISP is doing and on a bigger stage how the internet is doing.

More tips to come, for those of us, stuck at home and struggling with our internet connections.

The first step above, understand how fast your connection is!

  • Question of

    Would tips to improve the actual speed be useful?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Understanding what is normal is critical right?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you have more than 4 people sharing your wifi or internet connection?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Great tips and useful information. I plead guilty. I have at least twenty windows open at any given time. Thankfully I don’t have to share my wifi with anyone on a daily basis, only when the boys are here we share it.

  2. Q: WOULD TIPS TO IMPROVE THE ACTUAL SPEED BE USEFUL?
    Yes (6 votes) – 100%
    Q: UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS NORMAL IS CRITICAL RIGHT?
    Yes (5 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE SHARING YOUR WIFI OR INTERNET CONNECTION?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%

  3. I have my Wi-Fi blocked, so that it doesn’t slow my connection down which works flawlessly. I will be taking in consideration speedtest once I finally decide to purchase a desktop which will be very soon. Probably with my tax money : )

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