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Three Reasons Why Your Office Internet Might Not Be Running At Full Speed

You will agree with me when I say that there is nothing worse than when the web grinds to a halt. This can have a big impact if your IT services are running in the cloud. Having a good office internet connection is really important to most business today.

In this article, we are going to outline three of the top technical tips your IT provider should be offering when managing your office’s internal network.

WiFi Bandwidth Allocation

The majority of modern-day WiFI access points and devices allow for the bandwidth to be restricted. This is particularly useful if you have a guest wireless network or a number of users who might be viewing streaming sites such as Netflix and Youtube during their lunch break.

If you are offering a completely unrestricted wireless network, then you will probably find it might only take one user on their phone to jam up the entire office Internet whilst catching up with a Netflix episode. It’s good practice to restrict “client bandwidth” on all devices.

This basically means that each device on the WiFi network is allocated a certain amount of bandwidth so they can’t eat up the entire allocation for the whole office.

Take a read of this article which will explain the main differences between wired and wireless networking.

What’s Your DNS?

This is a technical tip but again will work wonders when loading web pages. Make sure your current IT provider has your Internet router pointed at a fast DNS service.

“What exactly is DNS (Domain Name System)?”

Well, any time you type a website address in your Internet browser the browser then needs to go look up the DNS record for this website. Each website has a dedicated IP address the DNS converts website addresses to IP addresses. It’s a bit like looking up someone’s name in the phone book to get their telephone number.

This process can take some time depending on where your DNS is set to. By default, most IT and network companies will set your DNS to the Internet service provider’s DNS server. However, there are much faster and more reliable free services such as Cloudflare & Google DNS to name a couple.

Patch Your Browser

If you have signed up for a managed IT service, then this is more than likely taken care of. That being said, it can sometimes be missed. Make sure your internet browser is patched and up to date.

Now we won’t get into a discussion here on which browser is the fastest – this I believe is personal preference but make sure it’s patched and up-to-date whatever browser you have. Here are the top three browsers (in no particular order):

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

Having a patched and up to date internet browser will not only guarantee your computer is running at full efficiency when browsing the web it will also keep you secure which is an added bonus. With current cybersecurity risks, it’s worth checking to see if your browser is indeed up-to-date. Download the guide today!

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