One of the most frustrating tech issues a business faces is slow Internet connectivity. Despite today’s technological advancement, many businesses suffer from lowered productivity as a direct result of a slow Internet connection. If this is a daily annoyance for your business too then it’s time to learn some ways to help fix your slow Internet connection and speed up business performance.
Here are 4 ways to combat a slow Internet connection:
1. Control devices that interfere with the connection:
Wireless devices can be one of the reasons for a slow Internet connection. It’s wise to talk to us about a wireless network analyzer so that you know the sources of interference. Believe it or not, most of these sources might be coming from the company kitchen!
Good examples include the microwave, cordless telephones, security systems, and other wireless devices which use the 2.4GHz band. These can interfere with 802.11g or single-band 802.11n routers. The best solution is to reposition these other electronics to either help solve the problem completely or at least minimize the chances of interference. Or, invest in a access point that can operate at a different wireless frequency.
2. Control applications that hog bandwidth:
Without your knowledge it’s most likely that employees are using applications that are hogging the bandwidth. It’s vital that you are aware of these applications, especially ones that have video conferencing and streaming abilities which tend to be responsible for weak bandwidth in corporate environments. Other applications such as torrent and gaming apps can also be responsible. It is best to make sure that these apps are not installed on your company computers, of if they are, make sure their use is regulated.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest bandwidth hogs is YouTube. Some companies, when they audit their network usage, have noticed that streaming services like YouTube can take up more than half of their total bandwidth. While in some positions, video streaming may be necessary, it’s likely not for the majority of roles. Therefore, it would be a good idea to implement a rule about the use of YouTube during business hours e.g., it should only be used for necessary tasks.
Some would recommend blocking services like this, but if your business uses Google’s other services, blocking YouTube could actually end up blocking access to other Google services. It would be a good idea to consult with us as to the best way to limit use.
3. Reposition your wireless access point(s):
As simple as this might sound, your access point(s) might have to be repositioned to help increase your wireless Internet speed. You might want to try raising the height of your access point so that broadcast range can be more effective. If this doesn’t work, which sometimes it doesn’t, try placing your access point in the center of your office for a more equal signal distribution or adding an additional access point for more coverage. The best solution is to place your access point(s) as near to the computers and as possible.
4. Consider an upgrade:
If your wireless networking equipment is old then it probably needs an upgrade. Keep in mind that technology moves at an extremely fast pace and your wireless network might be outdated in just a few years. We strongly recommend talking to us, as we can help recommend the best upgrade solution.
Dealing with a slow Internet connection can be a huge pain. If not taken care of right away, it can have immense impact on your overall work output. Looking to learn more about ways to improve your Internet connection for maximized productivity? Connect with us today to see how we can help.