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How do I Improve Network Performance?

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Whether you wish to enhance the performance of a home network or a sophisticated network that includes multiple locations in a corporate structure, there are a number of simple ways to improve network performance. Even the wireless networks of today can be fine-tuned to increase efficiency. There are actually many ways to go about this process; some being unique to a specific network configuration, while others are applicable to just about any type of network setup.

One common sense approach to network performance is to always have a backup strategy. This helps to ensure your network can continue functioning even if some event negatively impacts the overall network. For example, a small business may choose to set up its internal computer network with the use of both a primary and secondary server. Throughout the day, the data captured on the primary server is also copied to the secondary unit. In the event that the primary server fails for any reason, the secondary server automatically kicks in, making it possible for the network to remain active with nothing more than a few seconds' delay when the server switch takes place.

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Along with a backup server, it is also a good idea to make sure you have a backup power source. Power failures can result in lost data that must be re-entered, and can also cause some problems with various types of hardware. Instead of running the risk of harm to your data or your equipment, invest in what is known as an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS. Devices of this type can provide anywhere from a few hours to an entire day of power for your system. Many are configured so that manual activation is not necessary; instead, they activate as soon as a loss of power from the main system is detected.

Another important strategy in improving network performance is to archive data that is no longer in active use. Freeing up resources on the network will make it easier to execute commands from any station connected with the computer network, allowing users to do their jobs quicker. Always make sure the archived data can be accessed and even reloaded with relative ease if needed.

At the same time, your network performance may be impacted when the growth of your business places additional stress on the Random Access Memory (RAM) inherent in the network. This can happen when you add more workstations as nodes on the network. For this reason, it is a good idea to always evaluate your current RAM before adding network computers, and make sure you have enough memory for every station to be in active use simultaneously.

Regular maintenance of hardware is also key to keeping network performance at optimum levels. Even something as simple as a worn cable can slow down the processing of commands. Check all hardware on a consistent basis, and repair or replace any component that is no longer providing the level of efficiency required to get the job done.

There are many other ways to improve network performance that have to do with the specifics of the network. Make sure the temperature around key network components is kept within manufacturer recommendations. Test various protocols, such as file transfer protocols, to make sure they do not interfere with other functions, a situation that can create pauses in the execution of commands. Above all, conduct maintenance on your network on a regular basis, as well as troubleshoot often. Doing so will keep the network running smoothly, and make it possible to correct localized issues before they have the chance to endanger the entire network.

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