03 Sep 2015

Sprint to the Finish Line With Faster Internet

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To get to the finish line on a case (or during an 341(a) meeting), you need top-of-the-line equipment to ensure that you are doing your work efficiently. As a bankruptcy trustee, with the constant need to access documents and other paperwork, complete wire transfers and other financial transactions, as well as communicate with courts and creditors online, you don’t want your Internet speed to slow you down.

So how can you determine if your Internet speed is up to par?

There are a few simple tests that you can run to check if your Internet speed is in good shape. A simple way to start is by going to www.speedtest.net and clicking “Begin Test.”

This test will help you determine your Internet speed by showing you the responsiveness of your Internet connection – or its ping – and your download and upload speeds. For ping, the lower your number, the better (generally lower than 10 milliseconds is good; however, this is relative to how many people are using your Internet at the same time). For download and upload speeds, higher numbers are better.

If you have a low ping and high download and upload speeds, that is great – however, there may be other factors at play that could hinder your Internet speed. For example, you may be experiencing packet loss – when your PC sends packets of information to a website and they are not getting there – or a high level of network delays – known as jitter. To determine if these factors are affecting your Internet’s performance, go to http://freeola.com/line-test/.

If you have determined that you are experiencing problems with any of the above, you may want to consider switching Internet Service Providers (ISPs); however, there are some considerations to take into account before you do.

First, it is likely that you are not getting the speed that was advertised when you first signed on with your ISP – which is normal. This occurs due to multiple factors such as user traffic, time of day, and issues with the website you are trying to connect to. Other reasons for a slow connection that are not related to the your ISP service include if you are using poor hardware such as an old router or poorly configured Wi-Fi connection, or if you are using a lot of data – such as by streaming radio from services such as Pandora or Spotify, or using VOIP (Voice Over IP).

A slower Internet speed can also occur due to your ISP slowing down your connection if you have or are about to reach a certain limit of downloaded data (this limit is usually expressed in your original agreement). You can determine if this is happening by calling your ISP or looking at your monthly bill. If this is the case – and if it is much slower than you need – you may want to consider researching alternative ISPs in your area to determine if higher speeds are available at the same or lower cost elsewhere.

Like computer hardware, internet connection speeds are constantly getting faster and ISPs are decreasing their prices every year or so. If you have had your internet service for two years or more, you may also want to consider your options. Most likely, you will be able to increase your speed and reduce your monthly cost every few years.

You can also reach out to the BMS hardware support team at (800) 634-7734 and they can help determine if your internet speed is within an acceptable range for your business needs.