In your business, it is likely that you have experienced slow network due to high traffic. This is what is called network latency or a lag. The term is used to describe delays in communication over a network, with latency referring to the amount of time it takes for a packet of data to travel over a network between sender and receiver.
Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms). Typically, in a Local Area Network (LAN), the latency is negligible, clocking in below 10ms. Small number of delays mean that your connection is experiencing lower latency and is what is referred to as a low-latency network. A high-latency network means long delays, which creates bottlenecks in communication – think of it like traffic on a four-lane highway trying to merge into a single lane.
So, what are the causes of network latency?
Therefore, it is important to fix latency issues to keep it low, so applications will not experience connection timeouts with remote sites. This is even more crucial for machines that require remote control in real-time, such as a surgeon conducting a surgery remotely or a driver operating a crane or truck from a remote command center. Here are some simple dos and don’ts:
To sum things up, all computer networks inherently possess some form of latency. For example:
LAN: Below 10ms
Fixed Lines: Between 1ms to 20ms
VSAT: Between 500ms to 650ms
4G/LTE: Between 30ms to 100ms, depending on coverage
5G: Between 1ms to 20ms
As you can see, the amount varies and can suddenly increase for various reasons that may or may not be within your control. The impact of lag depends on what you’re doing on the network and the level of network performance that you’ve grown accustomed to. Generally, online applications perform best when network latency stays below 100 ms; any additional lag will be noticeable to users.
Experiencing high latency with your network? Contact EKTECH today to improve your network speed and reduce latency – and see your business perform much more efficiently!
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