And What You Can Do To Fix It
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.