Think back on the last time you were around a group of teenagers. Now, think about what would have happened if you had said “rad” in an attempt to describe something that you like. They would have no idea what you meant and probably think you were the strangest adult they’d ever met. Like passing societal terms, such as “rad” or “bae,” keeping up with computer lingo is difficult, and often down-right impossible. Well, have no fear! We are going to break down two of those words that honestly confuse most people. We’ll explain how bandwidth and latency can be a problem for your internet connection. Plus, we’ll explain how the high-speed network offered by Aura Fiber can solve those problems.
Bandwidth might be a term you’ve read in a technology article or overhead the tech-guy using at the office. Either way, it is a foreign concept. Actually, it’s definition is quite simple. Bandwidth is basically how much information can be sent over frequencies within a given band. Think of it like this – you are pouring flour from the bag into a funnel that feeds into a glass jar. The size of the funnel will determine how much flour gets into the jar at any given time. Bandwidth describes the size of the “funnel” and determines how much data is sent or received at one time.
How much information goes through at one time is determined by the amount of bandwidth available to process the information. Think again about the funnel. If you put your finger at the tip of the funnel, will it allow the same amount of flour to go through as it did before? In the end, yes, but not as quickly as it would have without your finger there. Bandwidth is the greatest restriction to reaching an advertised maximum internet speed for sending and receiving data.
Latency is another term you may have heard your tech-guy talking about when complaining about the slow internet at work. Latency is a delay before the transferring of data even begins. You can think of latency like this – a soldier is handed a telegram to give to a superior officer on the other side of the camp. The soldier is told to go straight to the officer and deliver the telegram. On his way to the officer, the soldier has to wait for a convoy of vehicles to cross through the camp before he can get to the other side and deliver the telegram. Essentially, latency is the time wasted while waiting for the convoy to cross through the camp. The soldier had his orders, but was delayed briefly from carrying them out because of the delay (or latency). Whenever a computer user experiences latency, the order has been given, like clicking on an icon to open a program, but is delayed somewhere between the click and the program actually starting.
Optical fibers are currently the best option for data transmission with high bandwidth needs. Each individual glass fiber is capable of carrying multiple wavelengths of light at one time through a process known as wavelength-division multiplexing. Because fiber transfers more data at one time, it will eliminate the bandwidth problems common with DSL cables. Even with a huge 1000Mbps transfer speed, high latency can slow performance. For long-distance travel, fiber optic systems offer a lower latency because there’s less need to repeat and process the signal.
At Aura Fiber, we know the importance of choosing the right Internet Service Provider. Therefore, we offer our customers only the best fiber internet options. The best on the market is 1000mbps speed and we have it ready to go for your home or business, so you can minimize your bandwidth and latency problems.