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Causes for High Bandwidth
  • Article ID: 32253
  • Last modified date: February 7, 2012 12:02

Causes for High Bandwidth

This article will outline several causes of high bandwidth usage with any Internet connection.

At times, a connection may be slower or faster than the actual speed of the connection. There are several factors that can affect both actual and perceived speeds. It doesn't stop you from multi-tasking but it can slow down your Internet connection if several of these circumstances are taking place simultaneously:

  • Latency - This refers to any delay or waiting that increases real or perceived response time beyond the response time desired. Specific contributors to computer latency include mismatches in data speed between the microprocessor and input/output devices and inadequate data buffers.


  • Incorrect PC Configuration - Not having your computer configured in the correct way may contribute to the high bandwidth usage. Search the support site to assure that your computer is configured based on your modem and subscribed Internet service.


  • Packet Loss - This occurs when a packet doesn't make it to its final destination and back. It can cause a great deal of problems depending on how much of the packet does not go through and how often it occurs.


  • Audio Streaming - Listening to Internet radio stations is a more common cause of high bandwidth usage. Many of these sites give a warning of needing high bandwidth usage before you begin to listen.


  • Large Applications/Programs - There are programs that require Internet connection. Programs for Web site development, e-mail, computer games, etc. are all examples of programs that require an Internet connection. These applications or programs require a lot of bandwidth to run and therefore increases your bandwidth usage.


  • Large Downloads - These consists of large files that are being placed on your computer's hard drive from the Internet. Even if you are saving the file on an external or portable drive, the more bytes the file contains, the higher your bandwidth usage. 


  • Peer-to-peer file sharing - There are programs that allow you to share files via computer-to-computer connection over the Internet. These programs can result in high bandwidth usage.


  • Unauthorized usage - There have been many instances in which customers were unaware of other users accessing their wireless network. This is why we encourage our customers to have password-protected home networks and to make their passwords difficult for others to guess. Providing a password to access your home network will give you control over who uses your Internet connection. 


  • Virus/Abuse - Viruses are maliciously created to infect your computer without your knowledge. They utilize to prey on unprotected computers. This is why we encourage our customers to stay protected using an antivirus software. Viruses are also a common cause of high bandwidth usage.
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