You are going about your business, getting work done in peak productivity mode. And then, it happens: Network Error. Something did not save properly, your call got cut off, or your internet connection just drops, taking away your ability to functionally perform your duties. We have all been there. Managing interruptions from intermittent network connection issues is frustrating, overwhelming, and can negatively impact productivity. But, understanding and managing them properly may save you some headaches the next time it becomes an issue.
Common Network Issues that can lead to Interruptions
Network connection interruptions are unfortunately unavoidable. Here are some of the more common reasons as to why these connection issues occur:
Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted between devices on a given network. It is often mistaken for internet speed, but it actually references the maximum amount of information that can be sent in a measured amount of time, calculated in megabits per second (Mbps). When you have higher bandwidth, you can transfer data across your network faster, and have a larger number of devices connected to the network. When your bandwidth usage is high from video streaming, or large downloads, applications or file sharing, it can sometimes bog down your network, causing network connection issues.
Sometimes, the most obvious issues are the right ones. Physical connectivity issues, such as defective cables, tend to be more common that one may think. It is easy to jump to a much more complex situation, but sometimes solving these issues is as simple as checking your cable connections, or utilizing network performance monitoring software.
Domain Name System (DNS) Issues tend to be a common network problem that many overlook. The DNS is the control that allows visitors to find your website via the internet. When a DNS issue occurs, you will find yourself unable to connect to a given IP address, and it will signal that you lost network or internet access. You can usually trace this back to a DNS configuration issue. Should this occur, you should immediately check the computer’s DNS server and adjust settings as needed.
Problems regarding Wi-Fi connection are one of the most common complaints regarding managing interruptions caused by network connectivity issues. They occur when something disrupts or weakens the signal from the wireless router. These issues are typically identified by issues like low signal strength, slow internet connection, slower file transfers, inability to pair with devices, and intermittently dropping internet connection entirely. This could be caused by a bad cable, failing network card or drivers, or even bad adapter configurations. If you have checked all of these issues, you may need to check the firewall software on the device to ensure that all necessary ports are open.
Managing Interruptions from Network Connectivity Issues
Identifying network problems really comes down to the who, what, where, and when. Choosing a Network Monitoring Software—such as Microsoft Network Monitor—should be the first step in properly managing your network connectivity. It will assist you in identifying issues that may be occurring, and allows you to perform the necessary assessments or adjustments to resolve them. It will also assist you in determining the appropriate preventative measures to decrease future occurrences.
Having the right IT team to assist you is a vital piece in the longevity of your network’s health. HazeyTech specializes in identifying your company’s unique needs, and can assist in determining next steps to properly maintain your business’ network connectivity. Call us today for a free consultation.