How bad weather affects your internet connection

Melbourne: If your Netflix connection breaks during heavy rains, do you blame bad weather for it? It is very possible for this to happen. Weather can affect the performance of your Internet connection in many ways. This can include issues such as physical damage to the network, water ingress into electrical connections, and wireless signal interference. 

Some types of connections are more sensitive to weather than others. The behavior of other humans in response to the weather can also have an effect on your Internet connection.

How rain can affect your Internet connection
Internet connections in our homes are much more complicated than the routers and cables in our homes. There are many networking devices and cables and connections between our homes and the websites we are browsing.

An Internet connection can include a variety of physical links, including the copper wiring used in older phone networks and more modern fiber optic connections. This can also include wireless connections, such as WiFi, microwave and satellite radio.

Most of the Internet’s cabling is underground, so if flooding occurs, moisture can reach the cables or their connectors. This can significantly interfere with or even block signals significantly by reducing bandwidth or causing electrical short-circuits. But it is not just your home connection that can be affected. Wireless signals outside a home or building can be affected by rain because water droplets can partially absorb the signal, resulting in reduced coverage levels.

Copper Cable and Changed Behavior
If you are using ADSL or NBN for your Internet connection, it is likely that copper phone cables were used in part. 
Gone. These cables were designed to carry sound signals rather than data, and are now over 35 years old on average. Only 18% of Australian households have a faster and more reliable optical-fibre connection.

There is also a behavioral factor. When it rains, more people may decide to stay indoors or work from home. This inevitably leads to an increase in network usage. When large numbers of people increase their internet usage, the limited available bandwidth is rapidly consumed  As a result of which there is obviously a slowdown in the signal. This doesn’t only happen within your home, but the burden on the network goes on increasing as your traffic goes along with other homes and eventually entire cities and  Countries’ traffic is also added.

Heatwaves and high winds
In Australia, extreme cold is usually not a major concern. Heat is probably a more common problem. Our networking equipment is prone to slow down when exposed to extreme heat. Even the cable can be damaged which can affect the connection.

Imagine that your computer fan is not running and the device is overheating – it will eventually go bad. While the equipment itself is fine  Maybe, it is likely that there is a power supply interruption. The same problem can affect the networking devices that control our Internet connection.

Satellite Internet services for rural users can be susceptible during inclement weather, as satellite signals have to travel long distances in the air.

Radio signals are generally not affected by wind, but strong winds can cause hardware such as satellite dishes to spin, vibrate, move or even fly in high winds.

Most of the time, human behavior is the main reason, for most users, the effect of rain will be minor – unless they are physically affected by a significant issue like a submerged cable, or they attempt to use WiFi outside during a storm Doing it. So, can the weather affect your internet connection? Absolutely. Will most users be affected? Not likely.

Now if your favorite Netflix show is running slow during the rainy season, it’s more likely that other humans’ behavior is to blame for it.

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