When your bandwidth is divided among multiple users and devices your network can become bogged down depending on what types of online activities are being performed. (To learn more about bandwidth read this helpful article.) Thankfully, today’s advanced routers make it easier than ever to monitor and control your WiFi network, so you can have the speed you need when you need it.
With many modern routers, you can prioritize certain devices when your network is allotting bandwidth. That way, if you work from home your work computer won’t get bogged down when your spouse is streaming Netflix or your kids are gaming online.
When setting up your network device parameters It’s helpful to understand what kinds of online activities use the most bandwidth.
Here’s a list of 10 of the most bandwidth-intensive activities:
- Video Calling
- Torrenting Files
- Game or Application automatic updates
- Web Browsing
- Unsecured WiFi
Remember it’s possible to change settings on your devices and subscriptions to reduce the quality of streaming to save bandwidth or to change your settings for automatic backups or updates.