Why does my internet slow down at night?

The most common reason for slow internet at night are scheduled tasks of your PC or consumer electronics. Most of the tasks, like updates for the Windows operating system, are scheduled to run outside the working hours.Due to the peak overall internet usage at night, this will immediately effect your own internet bandwidth. The evening between 7pm and 9pm is known as the Internet Rush Hour, when most of the people in your country are Read more…

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How to find background downloads in Windows 10

Background downloads and uploads in Windows 10 can be easily found with the Windows Task Manager and Windows Resource Monitor. When you are trying to fix a slow internet connection, you should at first always look out for background downloads on your PC or notebook. It is often that some applications are currently downloading updates or patches in the background. Most of the applications with a background downloading functionality are configured to use the complete Read more…

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How to schedule downloads of Windows 10 updates?

Downloads of Windows 10 updates can not be scheduled but their download bandwidth can be throttled during work hours by configuring the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). I have no idea how many times I had been annoyed while playing one of my favorite games and suddenly the Ping spiked. After a quick lookup I saw that the application BITS caused the spike by downloading a lot of data. Windows Update Services Windows Update Services Read more…

How to stop Valve’s Steam from downloading in the background

Valve’s Steam can be configured to limit the bandwidth of background downloads and to only download during a configured timespan. Like EA’s Origin, Valve’s Steam platform can also be configured to change the default download behavior to a more restrictive setting. By default, Valve’s Steam has the following settings enabled: Only auto-update games between: Disabled Limit bandwidth to: No limit Throttle downloads while streaming: Enabled This configuration uses all available bandwidth of your internet connection. Read more…

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How to stop Origin from downloading in the background

EA’s Origin can be either configured to throttle downloads or just to notify the user about new downloads but without downloading them. With sizes of multiple GBytes for a new patch or release of a game, the download of new patches can eat a lot of your download bandwidth.By default, Origin has the following settings enabled: Automatic game updates: Enabled Automatically update Origin: Enabled Maximum download rate when out of game: No Limit Maximum download Read more…

Why is my WiFi so slow?

Poor physical conditions are the most common reason for a slow WLAN connection: bad weather, thick walls, poorly aligned antennas or other devices that interfere with the functional connection. This article will help you troubleshoot possible causes. Is your internet connection generally slow or just your wifi connection? If your internet connection is slow even without WiFi, please have a look at the article Why my internet is slow? About WiFi WiFi networks are operating Read more…

Why is my internet so slow and how to fix it – a checklist that REALLY helps

A slow internet can have many causes: physical problems between you and your internet provider, bad WiFi signals, too many devices in your network or defect hardware. This article helps you to identify the reason for your slow internet. A speed test of the DSL, WLAN or cable connection often shows that the promised bandwidth by Verizon or your Telstra nbn plan cannot be achieved at all. In the worst case, the bandwidth is so Read more…

When is Internet Rush Hour?

The time period between 7pm and 9pm local time with additional highs at the weekend is seen as the Internet Rush Hour. Most people are using internet services with high volume traffic like Netflix, YouTube or Twitch during these hours. It is not very surprising that during the evening and on weekends the internet usage is at a peak. Most people have enough time and want to consume the latest Netflix shows, view YouTube videos Read more…

How to fix error “Insufficient bandwidth” when using Amazon Prime

It is particularly annoying if you are looking forward to the new Amazon Prime series, sitting on your sofa in the evening and the error message Insufficient Bandwidth – Your bandwidth is too low when you start the stream in the Amazon Prime app appears.With the following guide, you can continue watching your favorite series Is your internet connection fast enough? Amazon Prime requires a certain amount of available bandwidth per second for streaming video. Read more…

General information about bandwidth and throughput

The term bandwidth originates from the field of signal processing.There, the bandwidth is the relevant parameter for the width of a frequency band. The width of a frequency band is determined by a lower and upper frequency. In the context of data transfers, however, the data throughput in a medium is described as a bandwidth. The following article refers to this definition What does the bandwidth depend on? The bandwidth of a data connection depends Read more…