Aside from money, the internet is the most important commodity in the world. We use it for so many things that without it the world could not run as it does. People without an internet connection are disadvantaged and often miss out on opportunities that people with the internet have.
But how does it all work?
You may be aware of terms like servers and bandwidth. In short, when you pay a provider to access the internet, you get access to a server. Your server has bandwidth, and as you do things on the internet, bandwidth usage goes up.
Below, we dive further into these terms so you can understand more.
What is Bandwidth?
Many people believe that bandwidth measures network speed. This is not the case, but the amount of bandwidth you have can affect your network speed.
Imagine your network as a highway and bandwidth is the number of lanes on that highway. If you have enough lanes for the devices on your network, traffic will move at a quick pace. Too few lanes and network speed will be slow.
Activities like downloading files or watching videos will cause network speed to lag.
Types of Bandwidth
Symmetric bandwidth means that data communicated between two points will travel at the same volume and speed. This means that download and upload speeds will remain the same. Symmetric communication is enabled through fiber optics and cable internet.
The best example of a symmetric connection is video conferencing.
In asymmetric bandwidth, the data communicated does not travel at the same speed in both directions. Upload speed is slower than download speed. This is known as the Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL).
Download speed is higher than upload speed because downloading files is more common than uploading them.
Monitoring Bandwidth Usage
Servers have a cap on the amount of bandwidth that can be used on (typically) a monthly basis. There are a few things that can impact bandwidth usage.
Malware can cause a lot of damage to your network. It can also overload your network’s bandwidth. Malware sends and requests large amounts of data, which takes over the bandwidth available.
An NPM can scan and eliminate malware.
Quality of Service
Some NPMs also have QoS applications. This allows the allocation of a certain amount of bandwidth to each device. This way, you can decide how much bandwidth each device on the network gets.
Some files and websites may take up a lot of your network’s bandwidth. With access restrictions, you can prohibit access to these files and websites.
Unmetered Dedicated Servers
Your dedicated server has a set limit of bandwidth you can use per month. Once you use that, you can incur overage fees for going over your allotted bandwidth.
Unmetered dedicated servers have no limit on bandwidth month-to-month. Unmetered servers can be an excellent option for you if you use a lot of bandwidth or you’re unsure how much you use.
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Bandwidth is the lanes on your network’s highway that allows you to do what you love and need to do on the internet. Too little bandwidth and your network will run slow. An unmetered server will allow you to use your network without worrying about incurring overage fees.
If you don’t have an unmetered server, you will have to keep a close eye on your bandwidth usage.
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