When you work in an office, you will no doubt spend a lot of time using a computer. That system will invariably have a network connection and also offer Internet access. For many companies, their office networks are adequate and meet their needs.
Of course, some businesses have slow computer networks. Users often waste valuable time waiting for things to happen. And should someone decide to download a file, the whole network grinds to a halt!
If that all paints a familiar picture, you’ll be happy to know that you can turbocharge your network! In fact; there are several simple, actionable steps you can take. Want to know what they are? Keep reading to find out!
Get an assessment of your IT systems
You ought to consider getting a professional to survey your network for you. This is because the bottleneck can sometimes lay with your computers, believe it or not. If a PC or Mac is slow, it can make network and Internet activity seem slow too.
Some firms use systems that are quite old and need replacement. For more information, do a Google search for IT support providers. You can then select a provider near to you that can assess your IT systems.
Upgrade your cabling
These days LANs (Local Area Networks) use CAT5 cabling in most cases. This type of cabling is cheap to buy and is available in almost any length. Patch cables make connecting systems to switches and routers a “plug and play” affair.
What you might not know is that your cabling could have sustained damage over the years. I recommend upgrading to FTP (foil twisted pair) cables that have boot connectors. That way, the cables will be more durable. Plus, they don’t cost much more than UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cabling.
Upgrade your switches and router
There is no denying that Gigabit Ethernet offers faster LAN speeds than 10/100 Ethernet. Run a Gigabit Ethernet network so that local users can send and receive data quicker.
You can still use ordinary CAT5 cables with Gigabit Ethernet. They are compatible with the faster speeds. If you have older PCs, you may need to install network cards that support Gigabit Ethernet.
Get a faster Internet connection
Sometimes bottlenecks can happen because Internet speeds are slow. Is your office running a standard broadband connection? If so, it’s time to make the move to fibre Internet.
The cost of upgrading isn’t expensive anymore, and it’s crucial if you’ve got a lot of Internet users. There are scores of providers that you can select to provide you with fibre Internet services.
Get an enterprise-grade wireless access point
Last, but not least, you ought to consider ditching your Wi-Fi router. Or, at least, disabling the wireless component on it. Instead, buy an enterprise-grade wireless access point! They offer more security features for a start. And they can provide better reception in Wi-Fi dead zones in your office.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post. Hopefully it will help you speed up your network!