How to minimize Wi-Fi hiccups

How to minimize Wi-Fi hiccups

These days, it’s difficult for businesses to operate without a good Wi-Fi connection. The internet’s versatility is essential to getting work done, because having a fast, secure, and reliable Wi-Fi connection can guarantee quick response times and customer satisfaction. But what if your Wi-Fi refuses to work? These quick fixes ought to get your connection back up and running.

Range constraints
Wi-Fi works via radio waves that are broadcast from a central hub, usually from a piece of hardware known as a router or access point. In order to avoid a weak signal in your office, make sure:

  • Your access point 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.

Slow speed
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 access point is located in the same room as your computers.
  • Have more access points 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 WiFi channel to avoid network bottlenecks.

Connection issues
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.
  • Reboot your device.

Unstable connection
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 access point to a different spot or a different room.
  • Avoid having multiple access points in the same location as they can confuse your device.

Network not found
Glitches in the router or access point can result in your Wi-Fi network not appearing at all. Two solutions that can resolve the problem are:

  • Disconnecting the access point from the power source and waiting at least 30 seconds before reconnecting it.
  • Checking to see how old access point router is; if it’s over three years old, you may be 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.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.