Is Your Internet Connection Slowing to a Crawl?

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Does your internet connection all of a sudden come to a crawl sometimes? If you own a smartphone or iPod, it doesn't matter which kind, it's likely this is happening to you.

iCloud, Google+ and Microsoft's own backup systems all work similarly. By default, your phone is set to automatically back itself up (photos, videos etc) and by default it happens only when you are connected to a wireless network and oftentimes only when it's charging. There are hundreds of other apps that you could install that also backup your device (all these things can be changed in their respective settings.

Also it's important to realize that oftentimes laptops and desktops all share the same iCloud or Google backup accounts.  This means that yes, those devices could be hogging the same bandwidth while backing up.

When you have a house full of family members with electronic devices, it's likely to be this that is causing your network to crawl. Especially when everyone gets home from school and work and plugs in to charge up. I see it every single day. Right around 4pm the network is almost unusable. We often blame TDS (pay for 15, get 3), but it's important to look at your own local network in your home first before you start complaining about the connection.

So, the next time you are trying to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime and the video keeps buffering, check your phones and ipods, check your settings and if you don't want to take the time to figure out all that "Hocus Pocus", just turn everything off while charging so you can enjoy your movie, or your kids can do their homework.  The added benefit?  No distractions of the bright glow of blue-lit teen faces during your movie!

Hope this helps!

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