6 tips to optimise & setup office internet
Not only home internet, sometimes office internets sucks and creates trouble while working on something important. There are myths that issues of the internet always occur from ISP (Internet Service Provider) ends. Well, that’s all false as the people are lacking with the technicality and the knowledge of the equipment they use for internet connectivity.
Let’s take a brief look at tips to optimise and setup your office internet to keep your business running without any downtime.
1. Upgrade you modem
Select a modem according to your business’s specific requirements can help to improve your employees’ work experience. Before purchasing a new modem, consider the following points:
- Consider connecting fixed devices directly to your office’s Wi-Fi modem with an Ethernet cable. Fixed devices like desktops computers and printers.
- The modems previously used on ADSL may not be compatible with the NBN broadband access network.
- Modems that were manufactured before 2009 might not support greater internet speeds. It is better to consult with your retailer for a 5GHz modem with either 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards.
- The more antennas your modem has, the better will be the performance. Some of the modems have antennas integrated internally, so it’s good to verify with your retailer before purchase.
- All NBN FTTB (Fibre to the Building) and FTTN (Fibre to the Node) connections require VDSL2 modems.
- For all NBN FTTP (Fibre to the Premises), HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial), Fixed Wireless or Sky Muster satellite connections, your modem should support WAN (Wide Area Network).
If your telecommunication service is connected to the modem then you should consult your ISP (Internet Service Provider) regarding any interruption in phone service while changing modem and what support they can provide.
2. Check for objects interfering your Wi-Fi signal
It is quite understood that the object surrounding your office modem can reflect or can absorb Wi-Fi signals and it even depends on the type of material.
Make sure to keep the modem away from:
- Mirrors, shelves, water, metal panels and cupboards.
- Solid walls built from brick or cement.
- Refrigerator, cordless phones, television, microwaves and any other bulky household electrical appliances.
For your best chance at a stronger signal, follow these general tips:
- The signals will likely to be better when a modem is placed at a centralised place from where signals can be distributed equally to the employees.
- Never keep the modem of the floor as solid materials used for construction obstructs its signals.
- Place the modem in your employees’ line of the sight.
3. Evaluate the number of connected devices
In the offices where numerous internet-enabled devices are connected should consider the following advice:
- For improving signals, connect your complete office using a fixed-line connection as similar to Ethernet cable.
- It is better to choose a business-grade modem, as they are built to connect 20-50 Wi-Fi enabled devices. Check out Trikon’s wireless broadband where you can get B525 business-grade Wi-Fi modem that connects 64 wireless-enabled and 4 wired devices.
- Offices whose businesses depend on telecommunication, video conferencing and cloud-based applications should use a business-grade modem on a business-grade NBN powered plan from a service provider.
- Consider consulting your service provider or ICT partner to make sure your employees are using the right equipment that suits your business needs.
4. Verify your business’s landline and Printer Set-up
Currently, Australia is experiencing a digital transformation from a copper wire network to a fibre cable network. This transformation will affect the way you use your office landline, printers or fax machine.
- Verify whether your landline phone requires to directly plugged-in to the Wi-Fi modem or not.
- Consult your service provider for in-office cabling options.
- Connect with your phone service provider whether their devices support fax transmission and/or printing devices on their phone service through the NBN access network at your business’s office location.
5. Contact ICT Professional regarding network cabling
The quality of the wiring network all-around your business’s building and within the office does effect on the speeds to which your employees experience while working.
- If possible then consider connecting directly to the modem through Ethernet cable for a reliable and robust connection.
- Connecting to an ICT professional will provide you with the solution that how you can improve your internal wiring in your office.
The following are some important points to ask an ICT professional:
- Let them know about the complete cabling of your office and also ask them to inspect it thoroughly.
- If your business premises is quite old, ask for the evidence of older phone installation.
- Also, discuss the suitable option for integrating ethernet cables throughout your office.
6. Compatibility of devices & Softwares
The rollout of the NBN access network throughout Australia has also involved new technologies. This can be a problem for existing and older devices. It is necessary to talk to your ICT partner to know whether your devices will work on the NBN access network, or any alternatives will fix the issue.
Devices that need to be registered with NBN:
- Medical emergency alarm or autodialer
- Security monitoring system
- Fax and printing devices
- EFTPOS terminals
- Monitoring fire alarm
- Video Conferencing devices
- Emergency lift phone
Even after switching to a new plan, your office’s devices may struggle in terms of speed and capacity. Maybe the solution is a simple update of devices software that can help your employees to deliver better productivity.
To get the best of the internet services for your business, simply follow the above-mentioned tips and tricks. And, if you think that your business is lacking with ICT equipment or lacking in telecommunication services then contact us today, we are here to help your businesses.