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If your connection is strangely slow for long periods, investigate why

There are countless factors that can slow down a network connection, from failing infrastructure (both in and outside the home) to bandwidth leaks to unauthorized users sapping your connection from outside. If you frequently experience slower-than-normal internet speeds, go into your router’s settings and look for possible causes. If you suspect the problem isn’t with […]

If you own a business, consider replacing your MPLS network with SD-WAN

Multiprotocol layer switching (MPLS) networks have, for decades, been the gold standard for businesses that need wide-area network connectivity between several different locations. But due to their age, they have difficulty integrating with newer technologies such as cloud computing. They’re also notoriously expensive and difficult to configure. An increasingly popular alternative to MPLS is software-defined […]

Take advantage of quality of service (QoS) features on your network devices

Quality of service is a common feature of routers and other networking hardware that prioritizes some types of network traffic over others. This can be very useful if you have limited data speeds: Without QoS, data comes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Configuring QoS can sometimes be difficult, but many devices have presets you can […]

Know the security of your networking tech

Different pieces of technology often utilize unique security features. For example, you may know your way around your router’s security settings, but what if you use a powerline adapter or Wi-Fi extender? Whatever networking tech you have, familiarize yourself with how to use it safely for maximum peace of mind.

Multi-layer your company’s security

Apply multiple layers of defense to business networks to create a more secure network. Not only should this include using several different layers of security, but potentially more than one of the same type, too. Using more than one firewall, for example, means that you can partition different parts of the network behind different firewalls. […]

Verify you’re using HTTPS on shared networks

It may be only one letter, but there’s a big difference between HTTP and HTTPS in a URL. HTTPS encrypts all page and form data on the site in your using, making it crucial when employing sensitive applications like online banking. If you’re using Wi-Fi in a cafe, hotel or school, scanning for HTTPS is […]