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Will the internet crash?

Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire 23-Mar-2020 12:21 Message #4773472
Thousands working from home, children doing homework and playing games online during the day. Will the internet cope?
tumbled  Male  Gloucestershire 23-Mar-2020 12:43 Message #4773474
I'm not sure...I very much hope so.......I think I'll look it up on google......

Oh flip.....Googles just exploded.......
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire 23-Mar-2020 12:59 Message #4773475
There were problems last night , it was mentioned on the BC news this morning.
terry  Male  West Yorkshire 23-Mar-2020 13:10 Message #4773479
I take it when you say 'the internet', you mean domestic suppliers as opposed to the whole internet system's ability to handle the extra usage? I would have thought some of the smaller suppliers may have difficulty, the larger ones will probably just purchase more.... bandwidth, is it?
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire 23-Mar-2020 13:35 Message #4773481
they called it overload, and it affected the telephone system too. I dont understand the technicalities of it though
leogirl  Female  Essex 23-Mar-2020 14:51 Message #4773491
so, could the occasional disappearance of the subtitles on the BBC news be due to an overload? or, what I suspect, a wrong position of my newish installed areal?

KatieBubbles  Female  West Sussex 23-Mar-2020 15:03 Message #4773494
Someone working from home toady was asking on Facebook if users could do less streaming and game playing to preserve the internet speed but I don't know anything about the technicalities.
tumbled  Male  Gloucestershire 23-Mar-2020 15:49 Message #4773502
Do the following mean anything to anyone?........Thinking of the Internet makes me think of these things...

A little box with a flashing red light on top......

The Elders of the Internet.......

Jen, Moss and Roy......
Maglorian  Male  North Yorkshire 23-Mar-2020 15:59 Message #4773504
The internet is vast and uncrashable. The systems that connect to it may crash. Plus the odd website due to overload. But there's a great array of information out there. Be imaginative and explore during this time of self reflection and learning. But admitting I am no techy expert, maybe SQL could enlighten us more.
Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire 23-Mar-2020 16:03 Message #4773505
Your right about all the information available online. We could learn a lot if stuck indoors for a few months. Although I used the word crash I was thinking more along the lines of it slowing to such an extent it would be difficult to use for anything other than google!
Seasons-Greetings  Male  Essex 23-Mar-2020 21:40 Message #4773531
What with tonight's announcement, many more people will now inevitably be confined to home, and the amount of streaming for those that have it will probably increase too.
Netflix have already reduced their streaming quality to free up capacity and no doubt , A-Prime, SKY, Britbox et al, will do the same.
tumbled  Male  Gloucestershire 24-Mar-2020 05:28 Message #4773547
The answer to my little poser earlier......

Out of the many answers that came flooding in......I picked one as the winner.....

and the winner is.......

oh, thats a shame......the virus thing has just killed me......before I could announce the winner....
Nigel_In_Devon  Male  Devon 24-Mar-2020 07:38 Message #4773552
Mags..."Plus the odd website due to overload."

Yes, we found the students were struggling to use Hegarty Maths yesterday. Hegarty have upped the number of servers so hopefully things will go smoother today.
Pboro Trevor  Male  Cambridgeshire 24-Mar-2020 09:06 Message #4773557
Yes the internet will cope, though it will be a lot slower due to vast increase in traffic.

Most internet companies are releasing the 'choke points' on their internet so more bandwidth is available


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