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- Feb 28, 2001
My mistake, initially the network interruption seemed almost regular, but eventually I had it at much more frequent times, including just a 5 minutes or so after signing in.
OK, that is a little bit faster. The question is regularity. If it varies from 5 minutes to an hour then something is going on at another level. It would be appropriate to bring this to the IT staff attention with a question of whether their network load reaches saturation points. These are almost always Ethernet networks so there is a point where at 35% load, there is a sudden rise in the probability of network collisions. When you have such a collision, TWO messages collided and essentially stepped on each other's toes. If the load is sustained for very long, connections WILL time out.
This has to be a gentle question because if the IT staff is facing an overloaded network, THEY are going through crap trying to get approval to change from whatever network speed they have to something faster. I was on a 10 Mbit network with the US Navy many years ago and we had some serious slowdowns, thought Access wasn't involved then. We finally upgraded to 100 Mbit Ethernet and that network flew! Then when we moved to another facility, they installed Gigabit Ethernet and we never had slowdowns. But if you are dealing with older networks, the cost to upgrade includes total recabling to CAT 6 cables and such. So when asking if they are fighting overloads, just be cognizant that if they ARE in that alligator pit, they are fighting tooth and nail to clean up that swamp. Just file one more statistic for them.