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In today's modern tech world, it has become almost human nature to notice even the slightest speed decrease when downloading from the internet, printing to a printer on the network or when sharing data. Over the next two editions, we will aim to provide you with some powerful ways to both diagnose and improve the speed of your business network, without any large financial outlay. First and foremost, the starting point of any diagnosis is to perform an internet speed test. This will determine the speed you can reach before making any changes and also gives you a baseline to compare results to, as you go through the steps we will suggest. After you get your initial results, you should compare these to the speeds you are supposed to be getting from your internet service provider (ISP). You can find this in your online account or on your internet bill. That way you know if your speeds are actually underperforming, or if it’s just time to upgrade to a faster plan. If your speeds are nowhere near to where they should be, but you find yourself running into internet speed issues, the business is most likely overwhelming your current connection. If this is the case, try the following steps as a starting point: TURN YOUR SYSTEMS, MODEM, NBN BOX AND ANY NETWORK SWITCHES OFF AND ON AGAIN Although this sounds blatantly obvious - it is definitely where to start! All componentry needs a break once in a while—but especially your modem and router. Your modem translates internet signals between your business network and the ISP. If your internet is grinding to a halt, resetting your modem is a good place to start troubleshooting. Many issues are quickly resolved with a quick and easy to perform power cycle. Your router could also benefit from a quick reset to clear its memory and give it a fresh start on tasks that were slowing it down before. It is recommended to reboot your equipment regularly—at least once a month. MOVE YOUR ROUTER TO A BETTER LOCATION Wi-Fi can travel only so far, and its signals can get interrupted or blocked by walls, floors ceilings, furniture, appliances, and basically any large physical object. They can also get interrupted by radio waves from other devices, including cordless phones, motion sensors, microwaves, and Bluetooth speakers. So, if your router is stuck in a corner of your office, you may have issues with Wi-Fi at the other end of your showroom. The best place for your router is in a central location, near where you use the internet most often. Don’t relegate your router to either the basement or cupboard—that’s just setting yourself up for connectivity issues. ADJUST YOUR ROUTER’S ANTENNAS Many routers have internal antennas— meaning that they’re built into the body of the device and you can’t adjust them. However, newer routers tend to come equipped with adjustable antennas on your router. If so, try reconfiguring them. Router antennas are usually omnidirectional, which means they send out signals in all directions surrounding the antenna. For example, a vertical antenna sends out Wi-Fi signals horizontally, and vice versa. So, if you need to stretch your Wi-Fi signals to multiple floors, adjusting an antenna to sit horizontally to spread Wi-Fi signals up and down could help. Try these tips and see if they result in a speed increase across your network for minimal effort. Continue reading in the next edition for other tips proven to make a positive difference. MORE INFORMATION Biscount Software (03) 9570-1777 sales@biscount.com.au Need for speed? COMPUTER GURU Here are some easy and quick fixes for getting turbocharged internet speeds 8 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2024

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