Is your wireless network letting you down?
By Zoe Thomason | 23/04/14 | Connectivity
It’s quite often the case that we upgrade to superfast broadband, get great speeds but we don’t feel the benefit in our office. Why is that?
Last time, I touched on the importance of making sure you have a good quality, correctly programmed router, as this can make a world of difference to your internet speeds. The second most common factor for businesses not getting the most from their superfast broadband is a poor wireless network.
To find out if your wireless network is slowing down your broadband connection, run a speed test whilst plugged directly into the router, and then compare with speed tests carried out over your wireless network.
Datasharp recommends you use ‘speedtest.managedapps.co.uk’ for an indication of your internet speed. Make sure your wireless router is located in a good place. As your users get further away from the wireless router, or as there are more walls, the signal strength will weaken. To improve signal strength a lot of companies may have you believe you need to install a wireless “repeater” or “booster”… These are fairly unreliable and cut your network speed in half, if there is a situation where it’s impossible to have direct access to the router or switch from the wireless access point only then as a last resort would we recommend using this method.