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From emails to conference calls, networking to website maintenance–every aspect of your business relies on internet. That means when your internet speed dips, every department of your business feels it. If your internet is slow, several factors could be at fault. Ask yourself a couple questions to determine why your internet is slow.

1. How many devices are trying to connect?

If you don’t have a password on your wi-fi, you need one. Your employees may not be the only people using your internet! Depending on where your business is located, the business next door or drivers passing by could be using your precious bandwidth. The more devices that connect, the slower your internet. Protect your wi-fi with a strong password, and share the password with employees only. Create a separate, open-access wi-fi for guests and clients.

2. What is your max speed?

Are you impatient or is your internet actually slow? To find out for sure, test your speed at SpeedTest.net. If you’re paying for 200 mbps (mega bits per second) and you’re only getting 120, you have some troubleshooting to do. If you’re getting the exact speed you’re paying for, maybe you need to upgrade your package to a higher speed.

3. How old is your system?

How old is your equipment? If you’re expecting old computers to work like new technology, you’re going to be disappointed. Older systems just can’t keep up with the speed of wi-fi. You may need to upgrade your office’s devices or add special equipment to your office in order to take full advantage of the speed you’re paying for. Ask your internet provider what your options are.

4. Where is your router located?

If your wi-fi gateway is in the corner of the office on the floor, only that corner is going to get the max speed. Your router should be in the most central, clutter-free location possible. Don’t put it in a closet or try to hide it. According to Clark.com, “walls containing studs, metal pipes, and glass surfaces can all cause noticeable slowdowns.”

Once you nail down what’s slowing your internet, you can work on a solution. While some of the above speed-boosters don’t cost money, some of them do, so it’s important to keep your eye on the goal. If you want to improve the workflow of your business and get things done faster, the expense is worth the investment.

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