Is your existing Wi-Fi meeting your needs? An effective Wi-Fi infrastructure is vital in aiding your productivity, communication and in supporting the day-to-day operations of your business.
In this blog, we share some tips to help you improve your Wi-Fi and connectivity.
There are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing issues with your Wi-Fi, from having too many devices on the network through to the size of your premises in relation to your Wi-Fi coverage.
You can easily improve both your Wi-Fi and connectivity across your organisation by taking the time to review how you are currently using your Wi-Fi to identify potential issues and areas of improvement.
Survey your premises
Before you can make any changes to your Wi-Fi, you need to understand how your current network is installed and identify where your access points are; you can do this by surveying your site and floor plans.
You can then determine how your current network is working, where and how people access the internet and start to identify the areas where the quality of the coverage is dipping.
Understand how you are using the space
It is also vital that you have taken the time to understand how you are using spaces across your site.
For example, do a number of your employees all work across one large office, or are they segmented and spread out across a number of smaller offices?
You should also consider how you are using meeting rooms, breakout areas and other spaces.
Depending on your setup, the requirements you have for Wi-Fi will differ room to room.
If you have a large office space where the majority of your staff work in the same room, the connection and bandwidth in this space will need to be strong enough to deal with this and your Wi-Fi coverage should spread to all corners of the space.
Once you have a good understanding of how you are using the spaces, you can then consider adding boosters, additional cabling, routers and other solutions to help improve connectivity.
Assess the number of devices on your network
The number of devices that are connected and using your Wi-Fi network can also have a huge impact on your connectivity and coverage.
It is common for businesses to underestimate the number of devices that are using the network and taking up bandwidth.
Before making any changes, consider the number and types of devices that are currently using your network, from phones, tablets, laptops and desktops, through to other devices such as printers and staff’s own personal devices.
Consider which devices can actually be removed from the network to help free up space and if you cannot/do not want to remove any, you can then look at other solutions such as expanding your bandwidth.
Another thing to consider is whether your communication systems could be impacting on your Wi-Fi. For example, your existing VoIP telephone system could be using a significant amount of bandwidth.
This is a system you need, so you will need to look at increasing your bandwidth or you could look at alternative systems that can provide the same features and service, but require less bandwidth.
Segment your Network
Introducing separate networks to your Wifi allows you to control access to the internet allowing you to limit speeds as well as adding extra security.
For example, creating a dedicated Visitor network will limit access and bandwidth to people who are visiting your site. This will ensure the speeds and connectivity your team are accessing aren’t impacted with additional users on the network.
As businesses reconsider their office layout in light of the pandemic, you may need to review or look to segment your network in line with how people are using the space. For example, a network in your meeting rooms may now be needed for staff to work in more permanently increasing the need for faster speeds which previously may have been restricted.
Review Changes to Wifi
A final thing to look at when looking to improve your Wi-Fi is any changes you have made within the organisation recently.
For example, has your team grown and you now have more employees on site?
Or have you undergone a recent refurbishment or reconfiguration to create new/additional workspaces to cater to more employees or potentially allow for social distancing?
Any changes like these can have an impact on your Wi-Fi, creating additional needs, putting a strain on the network and taking up more bandwidth.
Consider whether your existing infrastructure can meet these new needs through simple changes, such as introducing boosters or increasing your bandwidth.
If not, you may need to look at transforming your infrastructure through integrating a new and stronger Wi-Fi network.
If you are having issues with your existing Wi-Fi and you would like advice, our expert team is on hand to provide the support you need.
We can work with you to provide a number of solutions to improve your existing Wi-Fi, or integrate a new infrastructure that meets all of your needs, to help boost productivity and mitigate the risk of downtime across your business.