If it’s been a while since you setup your wireless network, then you are probably overdue for an upgrade. Thanks to more devices having mobile capabilities and functionality, and more employees bringing their personal devices to work, wireless network technology has evolved quickly. Your old router might not be meeting the demands of the new modern mobile office.
An outdated router may be the reason your wireless network is dragging. Maybe you originally set up your network to handle a couple of laptops, and everything worked smoothly; but now, your network is seeing increased demands from smartphones, tablets, eBook readers, media players, printers, televisions, and we are sure to see more technologies gain wireless capabilities (we are already seeing refrigerators and washing machines joining the ranks of mobile tech). As demands for bandwidth continues to increase, you will need a more powerful wireless router.
The latest wireless routers features 802.11n technology, which are much faster than the 802.11g/b wireless routers from just a few years ago. With an older router, you can still accomplish essential tasks, but you will begin to see a noticeable difference when doing more advanced things like streaming HD video or using voice over IP communications. With more advanced gadgets hopping on your wireless network, there will be a greater demand for bandwidth due to applications that require more resources.
The new generation of Wi-Fi standard is 802.11ac. You can even buy routers that offer high throughput in the 5GHz frequency band. Although, before you go out shopping for the biggest and the baddest router on the market, you will first want to consider your Internet speed from your ISP. If you are signed up for a speed of 25 Mbps, then installing a faster router isn’t going to make a difference because there will be a bottleneck with your ISP. Many ISPs offer special packages and rates for businesses that include Internet speeds that faster routers can take advantage of.
Aside from faster speeds and the ability to connect more devices, there are a few other benefits that a new router can provide for your business.
Upgrading to a new router is a great way to boost the power of your wireless network, but there are other measures you can take as well. To learn more ways that you can improve network speeds, like using a Unified Threat Management solution to block media streaming websites, or upgrading to a heavy-duty wireless router built for a business with hundreds of users, call Quikteks at PHONENUMBER.