PROPER ROUTER LOCATION: Moving a router to a different location can make a surprisingly big difference in network speed on your devices. Before moving your router, check network speeds on your devices using a service like SpeedTest. You can also often visually note the status by the number of ‘bars’ your Wi-Fi connection shows in your respective device Wi-Fi connection status. Then move your router or access point to different locations, using SpeedTest each time, until you find the best location. Another tip; a general rule of thumb is routers like to be ‘higher’. Up on top of the hutch, that type of thing.
PLACE EXTENDERS: Repeaters, extenders, and add-on antennas are great ways to extend your network’s range to places in your office or house that currently have poor network coverage. These devices are reasonable in price and can really improve the Wi-Fi coverage area. They’re particularly good for extending your network to difficult places like multi-level facilities, separate buildings, basements, or a home upstairs floor.
KEEP YOUR WI-FI SECURE: This can seem a trivial thing but if your Wi-Fi network is unsecure OR you share with too many devices, it will slow up. Most units come now with default security - that’s good. You can always modify as you like. A big factor is being aware of who/how many you share the key/password with. Many employees want to connect their handhelds/mobile devices. Remember when you have people surfing the net or watching video clips, movies, etc. on their iPhone, it’s using up your Wi-Fi bandwidth!
There are multiple ways to achieve the same goal(s) in many computer operations/procedures. A friend or other professional might provide different views. If you find a different way, it’s OK! It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong, particularly if you’re achieving your goals in a proper manner. Again, please keep in mind if you choose to try/perform activities based on the information we share, you do so at your own risk. In all cases, you should consider, and/or ask your consultant, or contact our offices for professional service/guidance on how they affect your specific operations
I hope these suggestions help you in your computer operations. Until next time, don’t forget your backups!
For more information, contact Harv Oliver, HANDS-ON Consultations, (805) 524-5278, www.hocsupport.com