Optimizing Your Wi-Fi

Operating Your Wi-Fi at Top Speeds

Many factors can contribute to slowing down your Internet experience; the number of employees using devices, the websites they’re using or your wireless equipment. A wired connection will always provide your business with the fastest speed your employees will experience. However, the following tips may be used to optimize your Wi-Fi speed.

Wi-Fi in Your Office

Physical barriers like walls or appliances can affect the speed of your Wi-Fi. To help ensure the best possible performance, place your router in a location closest to you and your employees work. Also, minimize the number of barriers between the Wi-Fi equipment and your employees.

Move Closer to the Wi-Fi Router

The location of the router is very important. Some business owners will place the router in a utility closet. However, a closed area like this may prevent the wireless signal from reaching the device. It is recommended to to place this equipment in a central location in your office. It should also be plaed off the floor, and on the same floor level where your employees work. An alternative location may be the ceiling.

Check All Devices

The more devices on your business network, like computers, printers and mobile devices, the more your bandwidth will be divided. Multiple devices divide up bandwidth like a pie, with each device taking the portion it needs at the time of use.

Some devices cannot support higher speeds — which may slows down the other devices. To see what speeds your device can support, refer to the owner’s manual.

Password Protect Wi-Fi

Locking down your Wi-Fi network minimizes the likelihood of neighboring businesses and their patrons from using your wireless network. Not only will your business maintain its bandwidth, your vulnerability to attacks is minimized. Be sure to secure and password protect your Wi-Fi network.

Keep Devices Clean

Run regular virus scans to keep your devices clean. Close browsers, clear cookies, and turn off devices you’re not using. Clearing cookies is fast and easy, but the steps vary by browser.