Have you ever come home after a long day at the office wanting to just relax and stream a movie on Netflix? Ever since video stores became a thing of the past, streaming movies and shows has become the norm. So, you change into your pajamas, pop some popcorn, and press play on your mobile device. You are about 20 minutes into the movie when…nothing! You are hit with a buffer screen. You just roll your eyes and wait for it to buffer so you can continue the movie. After waiting a minute or so, the movie continues. Then stops. Again! This is what we like to call the “buffer dance.” You soon find out that it will be impossible to finish watching this movie tonight while also keeping your sanity.
We are willing to bet that many of you have noticed your internet slows way down at night. This is because of one simple word: traffic. Internet traffic refers to the number of users on the same network at any given time. When there are a lot of people using a server at the same time, internet traffic increases and the network becomes congested. Before you know it, everyone’s internet is slowing down because there are just too many users online simultaneously. Traditional copper wires for DSL can’t handle high traffic.
Most people still work normal business hours (9am-5pm). This means they come home and begin using all their devices (phone, laptop, tablet, TV, etc.) around 6 pm. So, naturally, high traffic times are 6pm-10pm on weekdays, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. These are the times you need to avoid using your devices if your patience is running thin and you can’t handle a slower connection without blowing a gasket.
If you think your internet is slower during peak periods, run an online internet speed test. Comparing your internet speed at various times of the day with the speed your ISP says you should be getting will probably be rather surprising.
So, how can you get the most out of your internet even during these slower times? Here are a few tips:
Download any content you plan on watching in the evening prior to high traffic times. For example, if you know of a movie you want to watch after work tonight, download it on your device at some point during the day. Then, it will be ready for you to watch offline. Hooray! No buffer dance tonight!
Or, talk to your internet service provider about upping your bandwidth or speed. Sometimes, a greater amount of bandwidth or speed is available at your location. Talk to your ISP about these options and see which one works for you.
Fiber internet is fantastic and will absolutely blow you away with its speed. Compared to DSL, you will get around 30 x more speed along with a huge bandwidth upgrade with a fiber connection with Aura Fiber. Nighttime internet slow-downs are a drag, in every sense of the word. You have worked so hard throughout the day, so why shouldn’t your internet cooperate for you at night?! Aura Fiber’s goal is to help people enjoy their leisure time. Whether it’s online gaming or streaming videos, Aura Fiber’s insanely fast internet connection packages will suit your needs perfectly. Say goodbye to slow internet with Aura Fiber.