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What is bandwidth
Bandwidth refers to the data transfer rate within a band of frequencies or wavelengths in a computer network. In other words, it is mainly the volume of data per second an internet connection can handle. The speed/rate of bandwidth is gauged in terms of bits per second (bps). An internet connection with a larger bandwidth can move/download/share larger amount of data in less time than an internet connection with a relatively lower bandwidth. System or network failure and a significant drop in the signal strength can hamper the bandwidth rate. Bandwidth rate/speed provided by the internet service provider can be checked by running a test against a close by server by logging in to
. Listed below are some relevant answers provided by Experts on bandwidth and its related problems
I need larger bandwidth. What should I opt between switched network and hub network?
A switched network provides more bandwidth as it is capable of sending or receiving information at the same time. Whereas a hub network just acts like a repeater and cannot send or receive data at the same time. Another reason of switched network’s efficiency is that it identifies the intended recipient/computers of the data it receives/transmits. Whereas, a hub network slows down the bandwidth speed as it does not recognize the intended destination of the data it receives and ends up sending it to all the computers connected to its network, thus leading to the network congestion. So, it is usually better to go for a switched network for larger bandwidth.
What are the best routers that can increase the bandwidth of my internet connection?
Basically, it all depends on the speed at which it comes from the internet service providers and personal choice. However, you can opt for some high end routers like N300 or N600 from Netgear which would increase the bandwidth reach up to 150 to 200 feet. Or you can also look for routers of other brands identified as ‘802.11b’ or ‘802/11g’ category. In addition to this, you can always check your network adapter in your computer in another network if you experience a significant fall in your bandwidth. Finding the best router is often a choice or a preference.
How do I restrict the bandwidth usage for the guest network using my Apple Airport Extreme Router? I have Comcast Cable broadband connection with a 20MB down and 500kb up speed.
With an apple airport extreme router, you cannot do the multicast rate setting as it would affect the entire base station instead of a particular network; in your case it is the guest network. To deal with this, you can set the specific channel used by the guest network to "b" only or "g" only or "n" only (2.4GHz) or a "b/g" network. This procedure will limit the bandwidth usage in the guest network to some extent. However, to have full control over bandwidth allocation to several networks, you should go for routers like E3200 or E4200 of Linksys.
How to calculate the bandwidth requirement for an hour long live event which is streamed over internet with an encoding rate of 22 kbps for 1500 total and 1200 concurrent listeners?
In this case, the encoding rate of 22kbps is the bandwidth rate which a single stream needs. To calculate the required kilobits of bandwidth in this case, you have to multiply that with the number of concurrent listeners. Then divide the result (kbps) by 1000 to convert the same into mbps.
How to limit the bandwidth to a computer connected wirelessly as it slows down the speed and I am not able to get right speed when that particular computer is in use. The router in use is a WRT 54GL v1.1 Linksys.
Most probably, the other computer is used to download applications or games of high volume and that is why is slows down the bandwidth to your computer. To resolve this issue, you have to have both the MAC addresses; the target computer and your computer. Then log into the router webpage (http://192.168.1.1/) using your computer. Go to the ‘status’ tab and select ‘local network’. Now click on the button to view Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (
) lease to find out the target computer’s name from where you can extract its MAC address. The next step is to enable the Quality of Service (QoS) by clicking on ‘application and gaming tab’. Then set your MAC address as high priority and the other one as low priority and save the changes. Next time onwards, your computer will have greater bandwidth.
Bandwidth rate/speed always depends on the internet service provider. You have to have larger bandwidth to share/download/stream files of higher volumes at a faster rate. Any other software or devices like router and firewalls etc between the modem and your computer could slow down the bandwidth. This apart, multiple computers downloading large files also eat up the bandwidth. However, one should always seek an Expert’s advice to handle such issues.
Recent Bandwidth Questions
I was wondering if you could help me concerning a problem I
I was wondering if you could help me concerning a problem I am having with the router that I just converted to a repeater? It works fine and my tablet, cell phone and laptop finds it just fine, but they are all unable to access the internet. The new repeater will not allow them to go any farther than accessing the repeater.
I have a network that I use remotely and that seems to have
I have a network that I use remotely and that seems to have some intermittent disconnects causing users some inconvenience as they have to recover from the dropouts. Is there any way I can test this network remotely for faults?
On Sept 25th I bought a new Canon color Imageclass MF8280cw
Hi - On Sept 25th I bought a new Canon color Imageclass MF8280cw & had a "nerd" guy install it via wireless to my home network - which consists of iphone, ipad, mini-mac (3 years old uses Yosemite 10.10.5) & a laptop PC using windows 10. Everything worked well.
For the past many months we have used between 30 & 40 Gb out of a max of 50Gb avail on our internet account. And our house is very secluded -about half a mile to the nearest neighbour. We connect to the internet via "line of sight" wireless -i.e. our tower to the ISP tower a few miles away.
We went away last weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving) for 4 days and returned to find that during the first 12 days of October we had consumed all 50Gb of the package and were well into the next 50 Gbs. I Upgraded the package to a 100 gb per month package but it kept on drawing somewhere here. I turned off the iphone. No effect on the problem. By Wed of this week we had consumed 126Gb - and I unplugged the printer. Now "useage" seems to have decreased to somewhere around 1 -1'5 Gb per day so it appears to be the problem may have been in the printer.
I have not yet turned on again. Can you offer any advice or explanation? Our IsP says "their equipment is all functioning normally & this problem is inside our house.
I would appreciate your help. Thanks very much
near Smiths Falls, Ontario
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