Is it Time to Upgrade Your Wireless Infrastructure?
November 28, 2018 | Digitex
In 2017, the average smartphone used 2.8 GBs of data per month. By the end of next year, that number will rise to 8.2 GBs. Much of this data will travel through your internet and wireless connection points. Add to that the increased demand from the rest of your infrastructure, and you could be headed for a work slowdown.
When visitors come to your office you often offer them two things: a coffee, and a wifi password. Have you ever stopped to think about how critical your wireless network is to your business?
Office equipment like laptops, printers, and even desktops are often equipped with a wireless option. It is often difficult to find an available network cable, so most users simply rely on their wireless connection. Most offices were never designed to accommodate so many connected devices. The problem is getting bigger every day. If you feel like your wifi signal has slowed a bit, over the past two years, it probably has! In 2017, there were 9 billion wireless devices on the planet and 3 billion more were expected to be added in 2018. The Internet of Things (IoT) means that almost everything is connected, and they are constantly communicating with their “maker” and uploading or downloading information. That’s a good thing, but your infrastructure should be up to the task.
What can you do?
- Depending on your office, you might consider upgrading your internet service. Many providers have a “good, better, best” offering for the upload and download speed of your signal. For a few dollars a month, you can likely upgrade to that signal to improve your speed.
- When was the last time you changed your wireless router? Many companies don’t think much about their router until it stops working. Newer wireless routers can actually split the signal up for smartphones that can use 5G signals. Most phones, less than two years old, have this function. Speeds are always increasing, so it may be a good idea to replace the router proactively.
- If you have a larger office, and some areas have a weaker signal, consider investing in a repeater/booster for your signal.
As always, your Digitex account management team help you source the right hardware and software for the task, give us a call today.