How Reliable is Your Home and Office Wi-Fi?

If you go anywhere these days, you are exposed to Wi-Fi; whether it’s in an office, hotel, restaurant, store, or even an event venue, you can log into Wi-Fi nearly everywhere you go. Even though Wi-Fi is available in many places, it doesn’t necessarily mean the signal is strong enough keep everyone’s devices engaged constantly.

The days of dial-up internet are long behind us, so we expect quick internet speeds with no obstructions. Whether it’s at home or our place of business, slow internet speed can lower productivity and morale.

Improving WiFi in Your Home and Office

Home Internet Speeds

Do you ever notice after dinner the internet speed is so slow in your home? That’s because everyone in your house and everyone in your neighborhood is doing the same thing: checking emails, social media, kids are doing online homework, streaming Netflix or playing Xbox games.

It takes a lot of bandwidth to keep all of these devices running, so you will notice a slower speed on your devices. We can help with the speed of your internet as well as security for your kids using Wi-Fi. With Araknis and OvrC Remote System Management, you can set time limits and browsing parameters to keep your children safe when surfing the internet.

Office Internet Speeds

How is the Wi-Fi working in your office or place of business? Is the signal strong enough to reach all employees? Does your internet drop or run slow? We can help! It’s obvious that the more people and devices on the internet, the slower it will perform.

The last thing employees need is an internet pause or buffering during a major presentation. We can assess where the weak spots are in your network and make the proper adjustments to keep your office up and running and the employee productivity flowing!

The strength of your Wi-Fi depends on a number of things:

1) Your Router

Is your Router the standard one from Comcast or Verizon? If so, then you are not firing on all cylinders. You want your router to be strong enough to handle the number of devices connected to the Wi-Fi and not lock up or slow down with all of the “traffic”. We recommend and install Araknis with OvrC or Luxul.

2) Distance

The distance from your router to the devices using it, and the general location of the router, influences signal strength. The correct placement of your router is essential since the signal has to pass through floors, walls, and other obstructions. If your router is downstairs and you have people on another floor using your Wi-Fi, you will probably have to purchase some WAP’s (Wireless Access Points) to help with the signal strength. Wi-Fi Device

3) Interference

The age and composition of your building will also affect your Wi-Fi performance. If the signal has to pass through concrete walls, metal, different floors, carpet, and other obstacles, the strength of your signal will be weakened. Be mindful of this when selecting a location for your router and WAP’s.

4) Number of Devices

The number of devices that are using the Wi-Fi, also known as signal sharing, will slow down your signal. At home, you have multiple smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, Roku, Xbox, smart fridge, smart coffee maker, video doorbell, and a smart thermostat to name a few. By using most of these at one time, you will completely stress out that Netgear Router you bought at Circuit City in 2007. In an office setting, you will have many employees who are all competing for the same Wi-Fi. An investment in a top of the line router and with several access points will help provide an uninterrupted, productive day.

Better Wi-Fi = Better Productivity

In a fast-paced world, we want immediate results. Whether you are in your home or office, you want fast internet speeds with no drops or buffering. We can help map out the best plan for your home or office network so that you can get the best results out of your Wi-Fi. Contact us online or call us today at (804) 379-1348  and one of our experts will help you achieve better productivity.