For most businesses, a reliable internet connection is no longer an option but a necessity. A fast and reliable internet connection makes for more efficient and productive operations. But what do you do when you’re faced with connectivity issues or slow speed? Below are some solutions to five of the most common Wi-Fi worries.
Wi-Fi works via radio waves that are broadcast from a central hub, usually from a piece of hardware known as a router. In order to avoid a weak signal in your office, make sure:
- Your router is placed in a centralized location and not tucked away in the farthest corner of your facility.
- Your Wi-Fi antennae are either in a fully horizontal or vertical position for optimal signal distribution.
Note that Wi-Fi range constraints can also occur from interference, so if your office is situated in a highly populated area, try changing your router’s channel.
Despite having high-speed or fiber optic internet, slow load times can still occur for a number of reasons. To eliminate this, try the following:
- Make sure your router is located in the same room as your computers.
- Have more routers to better accommodate a high number of connected devices.
- Limit the use of bandwidth-intensive applications such as Skype, Dropbox, YouTube, and Facebook.
- Disable your router’s power-saving mode.
- Create a new router channel to avoid network bottlenecks.
It can be frustrating when the Wi-Fi network shows up on your device but you just can’t seem to connect to it. Before you give up, try these:
- Determine whether your Wi-Fi connection is the problem or if your internet is down by plugging in your laptop directly into the router via an Ethernet cable. If you get a connection, then your Wi-Fi is the culprit.
- Reset your router. Use a paperclip or a pen to hold down the reset button for about 30 seconds.
- Reboot your device.
Random drops in Wi-Fi connection can happen from time to time. If this has become a constant nuisance in your office, try the following quick fixes:
- Move your router to a different spot or a different room.
- Avoid having multiple routers in the same location as they can confuse your device.
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Glitches in the router can result in your Wi-Fi network not appearing at all. Two solutions that can resolve the problem are:
- Disconnecting the router from the power source and waiting at least 30 seconds before reconnecting it.
- Checking to see how old your router is; if it’s over three years old, you’re probably due for a replacement.
When you experience Wi-Fi issues, these tips will help you avoid serious downtime. But if you’d rather have a dedicated technology provider take care of your hardware needs, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.