Something not looking right in Collins? Here’s a checklist of things to try to help you diagnose, and maybe even fix the problem.
As Collins is a cloud based system, having a good internet connection is key to the smooth running of the system. Check both your internet connection and speed; are other websites running slowly as well? To check the speed of your internet, do a speed test here. Please note that the Ping* measurement is just as important as download speed. Do a separate ping test here
0-4mps = sufficient for 1/2 users
5-10mps = 2-5 users
10mps+ = 5+ users
*What is ping? Ping is a method to measure minimum time needed to send smallest possible amount of data and receive a response. Ping tests are measure in ms units (1000 miliseconds = 1 second). Usual values for optics of cable connection is 5-20ms. Wireless (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz,..) close to 30ms. Mobile connection is much worse >100ms.
Collins will work optimally > 40ms and will be sufficient up to 100ms. Anything over this and there may be latency issues.
If slow, you should contact your internet service provider and/or IT department.
Please be aware if using a phone or tablet remotely with 3G/4G internet connection, Collins performance may not be as reliable as when using wifi.
Is your internet a closed network?
Does your computer use a wifi network that is shared with the public such as customer wifi.
What's running in the background?
Some programmes may be stealthily running in the background and are extreme bandwith thieves such as Dropbox, Spotify and system updates. Visit the Task Manager (PC) or Activity Monitor (Mac) and cancel any programs unnecessarily running in the background.
Clearing Browser History/Cache
If you're still experiencing the same issues, then try the following:
Clear your browser history
Clear the cache on your laptop (the browser might have information stored that's stopping the page from working as normal, then try reloading the page)
If unsure, how to clear the history/cache on your browser - see this guide.
Close other tabs, extensions, & apps - running various apps, extensions and programs can take up a lot of memory on your device. To free up memory:
Close every tab except for the one Collins is open on
Quit other apps or programs that are running
Check to see that there are no extensions in your browser that would affect Collins (especially in Chrome) - Uninstall any unnecessary extensions from the browser. To do this in your browser's address bar enter about:extensions. This shows you all the plugins installed to your browser. Delete any that aren’t necessary or that may be affecting browser performance.
In your browser's address bar enter about:plugins. This shows you all the plugins installed to your browser. Disable any that aren't necessary.
Check to see if your browser requires an update to the latest version. For more info on supported browsers and how to update, please read this article.
Logging In/Out and Reporting an Issue
Try logging out of Collins and shutting the browser completely, opening it up again and re-logging in.
Then, if you're finding that it's still the same, please use the 'Report An Issue' button (found in the 'Help' tab in the top black tool bar)
When reporting an issue, do make sure to provide us the following information:
What page/function is not loading/running slowly?
Loading the enquiries list
Flicking through the diary
Opening a booking
Changing to the grid view / floor plan
Is the page not loading at all or is it that the update button spins but never loads?
What User log in and venue are you trying to access on Collins?
Are there any users in the venue/office that don't seem to have been affected by this?
Using this information we will be able to look into the problem faster and more efficiently. We may then reply asking you to take a screenshot of the 'Console' tab on your laptop, should we need to look into this even further. Ideally we'd need this screenshot to be taken on the page is being affected and/or running slowly.
How to do this:
On the page when it's happening, right click
Click "inspect element"
You'll see a screen with lots of code on it (don’t panic!)
In the top panel of this new split screen click on "console"
Drag the panel up so it covers your whole screen and take a screen shot of what is in the console section (see example below)
Send that to us. That is essentially an error report in code on what is breaking on that specific computer.