Will the internet be able to handle the extra load of many more people working at home, streaming, or gaming ?

max2

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I wonder if any ISPs will go down because of the load or the internet in general.
 

flyinmac

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I doubt that working from home will bring down the internet.

Most offices are set up so that everything is already being done over the Internet. The only thing shifting, is which computer is being sat down at, and in which location.
 

max2

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I doubt that working from home will bring down the internet.

Most offices are set up so that everything is already being done over the Internet. The only thing shifting, is which computer is being sat down at, and in which location.
What about slow it down then ?
 

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For home internet. It's probably not much more load than the average weekend with poor weather. Since most people are home and there is a lot of streaming and gaming on those days. For someone with a crap ISP which can't handle that load. Then work may suffer. Really depending on if someone is just connecting to servers for web apps and files or has to video conference and remote desktop.

Some offices may not be able to handle it. If they don't have a very good connection and are suddenly shifting to employees using remote desktop.

It all depends on location. My area is serviced by fiber optics. Along with good cable competition. So, the ISP's already have plenty of infrastructure to handle the load. Areas with just DSL or DSL and one Cable provider will likely have more noticeable slowdowns. As there is little incentive to improve infrastructure.
 
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max2

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For home internet. It's probably not much more load than the average weekend with poor weather. Since most people are home and there is a lot of streaming and gaming on those days. For someone with a crap ISP which can't handle that load. Then work may suffer. Really depending on if someone is just connecting to servers for web apps and files or has to video conference and remote desktop.

Some offices may not be able to handle it. If they don't have a very good connection and are suddenly shifting to employees using remote desktop.

It all depends on location. My area is serviced by fiber optics. Along with good cable competition. So, the ISP's already have plenty of infrastructure to handle the load. Areas with just DSL or DSL and one Cable provider will likely have more noticeable slowdowns. As there is little incentive to improve infrastructure.
Bingo!
 
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zhenya

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Specific services that see increased loads may see some temporary outages as weaknesses are revealed. Happened to Microsoft Teams first thing this morning.

Otherwise, one of the benefits of the tech fueled expansion of the past decade is that computer networks and computer systems generally have grown far more robust because so many of the world's largest corporations count on that reliability to retain customers and remain profitable.
 
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