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My Internet is Slow, What can I do?

Slow Internet

We’ve all been there.

You sit down and start to work only to realize that it takes what feels like forever to load the webpage.  This is when you realize that you have slow internet, so what do you do?  What’s the next steps to improve on this dire situation?

For your small business you will want to have what is called Business Class Internet.  Most providers will provide this service, at a cost of course but it can give you the edge that your company might need.

There are two main benefits to having business class internet.

  1. Dedicated Internet speeds:   What this mean is that if you are paying for 15mb of upload and download speed then you have full access to that speed.  In some home internet plans you may be paying for 15mb but you may also be sharing that with others in your apartment or block.
  2. Static IP addresses:  Your internet service provider (ISP) will allow you to purchase a set of static IP addresses so that you can always have the same IP address.  This will allow you to setup websites and VPN access for remote access to your site.

Getting business internet is pretty simple, you can reach out to us and we would be more than happy to provide you with a few different options for your area, simply email us at info@techedgeservices.com or contact us here.  You can also reach out to your internet provider and ask them about their business class plans.

If you aren’t really sure what internet speed you have or need there are a few things you can do to check.

  1. You can run a speed test on your connection to see what your speed is for both up and down.  Websites like speedtest.net allow you to see what your speed is in just a few minutes.
  2. Consider your need for bandwidth, what is normal, how much is too much?  If you are working from your home office something like 15mb-20mb down and 5mb up is more than enough to get the job done.  But what if you’re a small business with 15 to 30 people?   You could reach out to your provider for usage reports over the last several months and see if you are constantly at your peak, in which case you might want to consider upgrading your speed.  For most small businesses 20MB up and down is a good starting point.

Having a fast internet connection helps all of the areas of your business be more productive and can save you money in the long run.

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