Need Some Solid Tips To Improve Your Business WiFi Systems?
If you have a business at an office, facility, or store, it’s essential to have a strong WiFi signal for workers to be efficient and your customers to be happy. In fact, many people expect a business to provide WiFi for its customers. According to the Internet Trends Report 2018 by influential Internet analyst Mary Meeker, the world has about 450 million WiFi networks – this is an increase of 100 million in just five years. About half of the world’s population – 3.6 billion people – have Internet access, according to Meeker.
Here are five tips to make sure your business WiFi systems are strong and secure:
- Centralize a wireless access point. It shouldn’t be located in a back room or a closet away from people. Instead, place it in the middle of an open area (not a corner) where the WiFi signal can provide the highest speed possible. Also, don’t put an access point on the floor – it’s much better to place it as high as possible for the maximum signal. For the strongest signal, set the transmit power to the highest setting. However, if you’re concerned about hackers trying to access your network, you may want to lower the Wi-FI signal so someone is less likely to pick it up outside your business.
- Have connected access points if you have a large facility or multiple buildings. This will allow users to have a stable connection if they move from one spot to another at your business. Their smartphone, tablet, or laptop will automatically switch to an access point with the strongest connection.
- Secure your network. This can be a challenge if you want to have guests use your WiFi network. A good practice is having one network for your employees to share confidential company files and a separate network just for guests and customers. It’s also important to also turn on encryption such as WPA or WPA2, and avoid using WEP since it’s less secure and easier to hack. Remember to change the password so you’re not using the default password that a hacker can easily guess. Each of your WiFi networks should be fire-walled so they’re separate from your company’s servers where confidential data might be stored and keep your networking hardware updated with the latest firmware and security patches to protect your business from hackers.
- Try different wireless access channels when your connection is slow. If you’re in an area with a lot of WiFi networks from other businesses and homes, you may need to try a different channel that’s not as busy. Use a program or app to check the traffic on your WiFi channels to find ones that are less crowded. This can make a big difference in how fast your employees can send and receive files, access websites, and use online programs. If you need help checking your connection, work with an IT pro or consultant.
- Check the speed of your Internet service. Use an online speed test to see your download and upload speeds. If it’s slow, this can lower your employees’ productivity and job satisfaction. If you have a business such as a coffee shop, a bad WiFi connection can cause customers to try another location for Internet access. Call your Internet service provider to see if they can offer you faster service. To save money, try asking for a lower monthly rate for at least the first year of service.
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We hope that these five tips help improve WiFi at your business. If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic area (Washington, DC., New Jersey, Delaware, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, or Pennsylvania), Kyocera Intelligence, offers information technology services, including systems integration, network assessments, remote support, disaster recovery planning, and other services. To learn more, visit their website at osisit.com or call them at 1-800-875-8843.