Before upgrading network hardware as a fix to poor performance, run a test to measure network throughput and packet loss. This will determine if the network device in question is truly the root cause.

There is certainly nothing wrong with upgrading network equipment from time to time. However, when this step is taken to resolve a problem with “slowness”, network engineers are often disappointed with the results. If the network device in question is not clearly the root cause, guesswork upgrades can do little more than drain the IT budget. To save time, money, and headaches, validate the network path to see if an upgrade would really have the desired impact on performance.

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