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How to Protect the Internet Connections in Your Office

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How to Protect the Internet Connections in Your Office
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Roaming access points will eliminate dead spots in your offices

Sometimes it can be annoying going to work and dealing with poor internet connectivity. Tasks that ordinarily would take minutes to end up being dragged along for a lot longer because of poor networks. Well, sometimes, the problem is not the internet itself but the hardware broadcasting the signals across your office.

So many companies are easily tempted into skimping on internet hardware as it costs money. You find companies shopping for hardware that was designed to serve residential homes and trying to install them in offices and expecting excellent results

Without even going into the potential security breaches, deploying hardware designed for homes in offices and commercial spaces just can’t cut it, and the nature of these commercial buildings with the multiple walls and floors don’t make things any better.

Poor signal quality is one of the most common internet connection issues an office can face, and there are various kinds of equipment in the market today aimed at solving this problem. Devices that extend range are commonplace, but they are more disruptive than helpful.

The problem with range extenders is that they often add to the latency of signals seeing as signals now have to travel long distances with their range having been extended. Another major issue with range extenders centers on how devices connect to networks. Devices are designed to remember the credentials of a network they have connected to at least once. This way you can easily connect automatically the next time you are in the vicinity. Now when you have range extenders and repeaters installed, you now have two signal sources being transmitted along in the same network with the same information. When a device tries to switch between the two signals in search of the stronger network, connection stability and latency rear their heads once again.

Another major issue that is becoming increasingly rampant is signal cluttering or more simply interference. With so many office buildings and complexes transmitting their signals at the same time, there is bound to be interference, and this negatively affects your connectivity.

How can you avoid these problems and set up the best internet connections for your office?

The best solution would be to go the wired route and set up actual cables that connect the source to sinks in various areas of your offices. This connection type is so much more reliable than any wireless connection.

The drawback of this solution is that it isn’t always possible and cost-effective to run cables to every part of the office building. Running cables through various structures such as masonry walls, drop ceilings and under the floor might be impossible. Running these connections in the open quickly becomes an eyesore and is very unprofessional not to mention the hazard that they come with.

Whatever solution you look into, you need to have it at the back of your mind that most of these solutions are tailored to residential specifications. A lot of these solutions just can’t cut it for commercial buildings. It is important to buy high-quality equipment, carry out site surveys and do coverage analysis before setting up or overhauling a network.

Jordan Kivo is a former NFL cheerleader for the Tennesse Titans. I help business executives look and sound as smart as they are.

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