Why is WiFi so important?
We are in an era where wifi is the best it’s ever been. It’s also more important to businesses than ever before, so it’s vital to do everything you can to ensure good wifi speed and performance. For most offices, questions about wifi speed will only arise when something goes wrong, but being proactive and taking a few small steps now can help to ensure that you never have to deal with the delays and frustration that can result when this happens.
Most offices today use wifi for a very wide range of different functions, from basic communication to storing data, taking payments and ensuring that customers have a positive experience with the business. So, if the wifi is slow or unresponsive, this can have a very wide-ranging impact.
What is likely to impact WiFi speed?
A whole range of factors could have an effect on whether your wifi speed lives up to expectations. Some of these include the bandwidth and coverage you’re getting from your wifi provider, as well as the age of the router, the number of devices connected, using external access points and anything that might be interfering with the technology.
How can you increase WiFi speed in the office?
If you’re not entirely happy with the WiFi speed you’re getting in the office, you can take some simple steps to enjoy better performance.
- Make sure you’ve got the right setup and configuration – One of the most common reasons offices struggle with wifi is because the setup hasn’t been thought through and the configuration isn’t done correctly. For example, if your router is in a location surrounded by other electronics, then you’re much more likely to get interference that slows wifi speed down than if you place it in an open space, set apart from walls and obstructions. It’s also a good idea to be aware of the office’s wifi dead spots and the places where the signal is strongest.
- Update all your software and appliances regularly – Doing this will ensure that you’re always working with the latest versions – which are likely to include fixes for something like slow speed. If you’ve not had issues, that’s not a reason to let updates slide, as this simple thing can cause some seriously big headaches.
- Have a checklist in place for when problems arise – Like anything related to tech, the better prepared you are to deal with an issue, the less disruption it will cause. So, create a checklist for slow wifi that includes running a speed test, checking whether anyone is doing an activity that would take up a lot of bandwidth, rebooting routers and devices and checking which devices are using your network.
Slow wifi speed in the office can be very frustrating, but there is plenty that you can do to ensure this isn’t a long-term problem. SADS IT can perform WiFi surveys in your workplace to find the best options for your current set-up or if you need an upgraded system.