It’s not uncommon for someone to have a fast connection, but routinely experience their Wi-Fi crawling at a snail’s pace. Sometimes it is your ISP (Internet Service Provider), but other times the fault lies within your own business.
Here are FIVE reasons why your Wi-Fi may be running slow and some quick-fixes for them:
You may have viruses or malware on your network. Make sure that your antivirus and anti-malware programs are up to date on all of your devices. You should have centrally administered antivirus and anti-malware solutions on your network. If you don’t or you are unsure, then it may be time to have a security assessment done.
Someone on your network is streaming something. YouTube, Pandora, Netflix. If you walk through your office and you find multiple people playing music or watching videos, then there is a good chance that their streaming is what is causing your Wi-Fi to slow down. If you aren’t sure or haven’t caught anyone streaming, it might be time to look into an IT usage monitoring solution.
Your router isn’t working as well as it should. Often when a router is about to fail, it won’t simply die on you. Instead, it will require you to restart it (sometimes restarting it multiple times a week). If you find yourself restarting your router often, that’s a good sign that it’s time for a new one.
Depending on how your wireless was set up, your devices may be out of range from your wireless access points. Have your IT provider do a detailed wireless assessment of your office, so they can determine where your dead zones are and in turn move or add wireless access points to the appropriate places.
You should only be allowing authorized users on your Wi-Fi. If you want to allow guests on your Wi-Fi, then it should be on a segmented Wi-Fi. Guest Wi-Fi should be completely separate from your business network. Not only does allowing guests on your business Wi-Fi expose a significant of cybersecurity risk, it also runs the risk of slowing you down.
If you have done all of these steps and are still finding that your Wi-Fi is running slow, it may be to have a network assessment done. Contact us today, we can help.