Up here I notice we tend to have very little upload capacity, it can get swamped easily, so if you have something uploading all the time, that could cause issues like apparent dropped connections.
(I notice for example that crypto-currency miners tend to be quite bandwidth hungry.)
Someone I know had such an issue with their phone backing up their photo collection via their Wifi to router link and swamping their very limited broadband connection, causing it to drop all the time, as it was it would have taken weeks to upload all their pictures at the slow speed they had available.
If you have other internet enabled devices, they too can cause this kind of issue, such as TV, internet TV set top boxes.
For example, if mum wants to watch something on BBC Catchup, I have to make sure I'm not using the internet, or there isn't enough bandwidth to go around !
Yep, proper socket here too, the nice BT man put one in a couple of years ago.
If more than one computer in a household, ideally you want to run a different antivirus on each one, or at least two different types, so if one misses a virus, the other might spot it.
I remember ClamXAV on server PC's, it didn't active scan web access or files, you had to tell it when to scan. If that is the case with the Mac version, I'd highly recommend an active scanner that keeps an eye on your browser, and email, as those tend to be easy ways in for things.
That and USB port devices..
I don't have anything in particular to recommend for Mac's, or know how many free antivirus examples exist out there to try.
(I know on PC, it can be quite difficult to find a well behaved antivirus package, Norton for example, is very troublesome to get working nicely..)
Even routers these days can catch a virus !
Mobile phones are another possible risk area as well, recommend antivirus scan/install on those too.
When your connection next goes down, if you can log into your router and see if your connection really is down, or get some idea of what traffic might be going or coming.
If mine goes down, I like to check with a neigbour too, to get some idea of where the issue may be.
(Another way to get to know your neighbour !)
Problem solving these kind of issues can be quite a lengthy issue..
And you don't always find anything you can do to make things better, but sometimes you do.
I tend to be a problem solver.
Other issues effecting broadband can be a particular landline phone also connected, (Sometimes you exceed the REN number with too many phones, as such I find you can have 3 maybe 4 ringing, and everything can still work ok, even if you have half a dozen phones plugged in.) or a neighbour pigging backing on your wifi connection for free.
If you are have BT internet, there is an option to share your router wifi for this purpose to other BT customers, as such you may want to turn that off, if folk are using it and using up half your bandwidth !
I think the older routes this was on by default, and newer ones its off by default..
(If its on, you can use other BT wifi hotspots, if off, you can't from what I recall.)
I've limited experience of Mac's myself.
Edited by Nigel Bridgman-Elliot, 24 April 2018 - 07:13 PM.