Web traffic management is when broadband providers adjust your download upload speeds for certain tasks at certain times, to make sure that everyone using the line has a stable connection. Lots of people are usually connected to a provider’s line, and all of them need to use the internet at once for all kinds of things. But lots of users can put a strain on the line’s capacity and that can mean rubbish internet for everyone connected to it. Instead of letting everyone’s connections slow down, some providers instead manage the data traveling on your broadband to keep it all stable. Traffic management used to be crucial back when lines couldn't handle a huge amount of capacity - especially when we still used dial-up connections - but it's less common now that we've got more high-powered lines in place.
Your provider uses software to see what kind of data is being transferred and chooses whether to prioritize that activity or slow it down. Certain activities are put in a sort of ‘fast lane’. They’re prioritized and have access to greater capacity and faster speeds. Others are put in a slower lane, to stop them dragging the connection down for everyone else. Nonetheless, the speed you’ll get for any kind of activity still depends on how many other people are using your provider’s internet in your area, and what they’re using it for. Of course, traffic management isn’t usually happening all day – only at ‘peak times’, mainly during evenings and weekends. This is when more people are at home and using the internet so there’s a bigger strain on the network.
Activities that are more likely to be prioritized include video calls (including Skype and FaceTime), TV streaming, and online gaming. In other words, things that rely on a stable connection. Activities that are more likely to be slowed down include file sharing, anything 'peer-to-peer', and software updates. These are considered non-critical and can work just fine without mega-fast internet.
The main advantage of traffic-managed broadband is that you'll always get stable speeds - even when loads of other people are connected in your area, and even when you're doing something intensive like gaming, talking on Skype, or streaming video. Protecting your customers and following the regulations is not a difficult job if you have the right solutions. Get the most advanced and efficient range of Traffic Management Solutions for Dutco Tennant LLC now.