How to Make Your Business’s Wi-Fi Faster and More Secure

Slow Wifi?

Is slow Wi-Fi becoming a major obstacle for your business workflow? A slow internet connection can negatively impact business productivity in drastic ways. Business operations suffer from downtime, and communications with clients can be compromised.

The next thing you know, you’re losing clients, revenue and reputation.

 (and not to mention losing hair from stress)

To get your business back on track, here are a few ways to secure your Wi-Fi network and increase its speed.

Unique SSID name and strong password

Using a default/common Service Set Identifier (SSID) name for your network could expose it to hackers and their malware. Keep the type of connection and its name a secret. Use a strong and challenging password that outsiders won’t be able to guess.

Your password should be a difficult combination of alphabets (both upper and lower case), numbers and symbols. We always recommend changing your password regularly to throw off any unauthorized users.

Change the router’s location

Your router’s location can have a drastic effect on your Wi-Fi speed. Radio waves emitted by smartphones, security systems, microwaves, televisions, etc., can interfere with your router’s signals and cause frequent internet disconnections.

For fast Wi-Fi, minimize signal interference by positioning your router away from such signal blockers. Keep employees and customers from messing with the router by keeping it in an isolated, secure place, like a locked cabinet. If you’re struggling to find the best location, you can always contact experts, and they will assist you in finding the optimal location which can maximize your router’s speed. 

Keep your software and firmware updated

Outdated firmware and software are the biggest culprits of slow Wi-Fi. Most router manufacturers regularly release firmware and software updates. These keep the router working in optimal condition.

To find the needed updates, you can look up your router model online and install the needed drivers. You can also hire a network managing service to protect your systems with the latest firewalls and anti-malware.

Use WPA2 encryption

Ensure that your router is set on a WPA2 encryption. This is the most secure network encryption but isn’t the default setting on many routers. If your router doesn’t have the setting, the router is outdated and should be replaced.

While you’re at it, disable the WPS setting. This setting can make it easier for devices to link with an encrypted connection when enabled. This will compromise the security of your connection.

Control public access

If you run a business that offers free Wi-Fi access to the public, e.g. cafe, library, etc., we understand how this can be the main attraction for customers. However, some users abuse this generosity.

We recommend you separate your guest network from your business’s. A guest network has null security. If you use the same network for your business and guests, your business will be at risk of malware attacks and data breaches.

Bottom line

Maintaining an optimal Wi-Fi connection can be quite a hassle and shift your focus from business operations. We recommend hiring a reliable network managing service to help you out.

Contact us at DATAPERK Technology Solutions today to discuss network strategies to increase productivity and decrease downtime. We’ll help you update and upgrade your systems so your employees can enjoy uninterrupted, faster, and more secure Wi-Fi connections. Our skilled technicians can diagnose and resolve network problems of any scale.

If you’re struggling with slow Wi-Fi speed, don’t fret, we have you covered!

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