4 Common Network Performance Issues (And How to Fix Them)

4 Common Network Performance Issues (And How to Fix Them)

What are the most common network performance issues and how can your enterprise fix them? Businesses need their network to perform at a level that will satisfy their users and clients. As such, when a performance issue arises, your network team must be prepared to fix it.

Network performance problems can come in many different forms, some of which are more common than others. Knowing how to recognize and solve common performance issues allows your business to spend less time on minor problems and more time fixing critical issues. We’ve listed four network performance problems your business is likely to face on a consistent basis!

Deploying a network monitoring solution allow network administrators and engineers to address these performance issues. Our 2019 Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top network monitoring providers in the market today, including descriptions of the tools they offer and noteworthy features of each. The guide also features 10 questions you should ask prospective vendors and yourself before buying a network monitoring solution — allowing you to easily determine the best network monitoring tool for your needs. You can check out that guide here!

Excessive bandwidth usage

Managing your enterprise’s bandwidth usage is a fundamental aspect of network performance management, since every business-critical user, application, and service has enough bandwidth to run efficiently. If one application or user is using too much bandwidth, the rest of your network won’t be able to function adequately. Network monitoring solutions track bandwidth usage across a network, identifying which users are draining bandwidth. If you identify a bandwidth-chewing user or application, your business can takes steps to correct the issue.

Disabled or malfunctioning devices

Your enterprise needs to pay attention to all the nodes and devices on its network to ensure that they’re working properly. If a device is functioning incorrectly or has been completely disabled (which might happen if malware infects your network and targets devices), your enterprise needs to know about it ASAP. Network monitoring solutions can detect when a node or device isn’t working right and alert your network team so they can get it running again.

Poor network hardware configuration

All the hardware on your network needs to be configured correctly in order for your network to work properly. Whenever you install or reconfigure a device on your network, your team needs to test the device to ensure that it’s been configured correctly. This way, your company can prevent performance issues caused by misconfigurations before they become a major problem. Many network monitoring solutions allow your network to automatically send test data through a recently installed or updated node; this gives your network team an instant confirmation that your configuration is correct.

Shadow IT

Some of your employees might be running devices on your network that your IT team might not be aware of. You need a solid network monitoring solution in place to find hidden devices connected to your network; if a device is hidden from your network team, it could be causing performance problems without your company even realizing it.


Looking for a solution to help you improve your network performance? Our Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top network performance monitoring vendors, as well as questions you should ask providers and yourself before buying.

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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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