Using WiFi has helped reduce the clutter of wires in your office while simultaneously increasing the flexibility of where you choose to work and collaborate. However, using WiFi also often comes with a downside: slow speed. Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most speed out of your company’s WiFi network:
- Make sure you have a good router. If you paid less than $100 for your company’s wireless router, you probably need to upgrade to one that’s more robust. Also, it should be an 802.11n router, the fastest wireless standard currently available.
- Upgrade your router’s antennas. If you paid for a quality router, it will allow you to swap out the stock antennas for high-gain antennas, which can increase connectivity and speed.
- Place your router in a central location. Most routers operate by transmitting 2.4GHz radio waves. These particular waves tend to radiate outward and downward, which means you should place your router in a high place in a central location.
- Reduce the amount of interference near your router. Keep your router away from walls, metal and static electricity. This includes appliances such as microwaves.
- Use 5GHz instead of 2.4GHz. Most quality routers allow simultaneous operation on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Typically, the 5GHz frequency is used less, which potentially means less interference than the traditional 2.4GHz band.
- Add a wireless repeater. A wireless repeater is essentially a second router in a different location that retransmits wireless signals, increasing the effective range of your WiFi network.
- Keep unauthorized users off your wireless network. This is as easy as adding a password to your wireless network and guarantees that only those who have the password are using your bandwidth.
If you’re still noticing slow WiFi speeds after following these suggestions, Minneapolis-based OAC Technology can help you navigate the different network solutions available to your business and implement one that fits your exact needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.