When business owners can no longer ignore intermittent slow WiFi speeds, have run a speed test, and have confirmed it is not an issue with their internet provider, then your hardware is the next place to look.

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If the problem exists at most workstations, it is not likely that one computer is causing the problem at that particular workstation. Check your router next, First, perform the classic test, to unplug your router, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in. If your router is more than four years old, it is time to upgrade it. New routers now have expanded functionality, which will make future speed issues easier to troubleshoot and to remediate.

Next, consider it may be time to fix your signal to improve your WiFi speeds. Weak signals can be caused by building materials, changes in the office layout, even breakroom appliances, cordless phones, Bluetooth, and more. Think about the recent changes to your office landscape, your building, and the surrounding environment. Another workstation bandwidth hog can be plugins and apps. These programs are so tempting to download, yet are bandwidth-robbing connection hogs. There are extensions that can resolve some of these issues and speed load times, etc.

  1. Network Congestion:

    • Too many devices connected to the same WiFi network can lead to congestion. When multiple devices share the same frequency, the available bandwidth is divided among them, causing slower speeds for each device.
  2. Interference:

    • Interference from other electronic devices, neighboring WiFi networks, or physical obstacles like walls can degrade the WiFi signal. Devices operating on the same frequency can interfere with each other, leading to slower speeds.
  3. Distance from the Router:

    • The farther a device is from the WiFi router, the weaker the signal strength. Weaker signals result in slower data transfer rates. Consider the physical placement of the router and the device to improve signal strength.
  4. WiFi Channel Interference:

    • WiFi routers operate on specific channels, and interference can occur if multiple routers in close proximity use the same channel. Switching to a less crowded channel can improve speeds.
  5. Router Overload:

    • Older or less powerful routers may struggle to handle the demands of multiple devices or high-bandwidth activities. Upgrading to a more capable router can improve overall network performance.
  6. Outdated Firmware:

    • Outdated router firmware can lead to performance issues. Regularly check for firmware updates and apply them to ensure that your router operates with the latest optimizations and security patches.
  7. Signal Attenuation:

    • Physical obstacles such as walls, floors, and large objects can attenuate the WiFi signal. Adjust the router’s placement or consider using WiFi range extenders to improve coverage.
  8. Bandwidth-Hogging Devices:

    • Some devices, such as streaming services, online gaming consoles, or file downloads, can consume a significant portion of available bandwidth, impacting the speed for other devices on the network.
  9. Network Congestion Beyond Your Home:

    • If your internet service provider (ISP) is experiencing network congestion or technical issues, it can affect the overall speed of your internet connection, including WiFi speeds.
  10. Malware or Virus Activity:

    • Malware or viruses on connected devices can consume network resources, leading to slower speeds. Regularly scan devices for malware and ensure they have updated security software.
  11. Inadequate Security:

    • An unsecured WiFi network may be accessed by unauthorized users, leading to slower speeds due to increased device count. Ensure your WiFi network is secured with a strong password.

Ways to Maximize WiFi Speeds

Check your server. As with your router, an older DNS server may not be able to handle current usage requirements. If so, consider an upgrade. Today most businesses do not have unlimited budgets for immediate upgrades. While these prove highly cost-effective, it may not be possible to implement them immediately. In the interim, prioritize tasks and relegate low priority tasks to times when usage requirements are lighter.

The upgrades that will increase your WiFi speeds may not prove as expensive as you think. Consult with GNS Wireless. Our professionals have extensive experience assisting business owners to make the upgrades necessary to improve their networks and increase their profitability. Schedule your appointment with us at (877) 209-5152.

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