I’m sure you’ll agree with me there’s 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.
Your Wi-Fi bandwidth allocation.
Most modern day Wi-Fi access points and devices allow for the bandwidth to be restricted. This is particularly useful if you have a guest Wi-Fi network or a number of users who might be viewing streaming sites like Netflix/Youtube during their lunch break.
If you’ve got a completely unrestricted wifi network you’ll 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 Wi-Fi network is allocated a certain amount of bandwidth so they can’t eat up the entire allocation for the whole office.
What’s your DNS?
This is a technical tip but again will work wonders when loading web pages. Make sure your current managed IT services 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 companies will set your DNS to the internet service provider’s DNS server.
However there are much faster and more reliable free services such cloudflare & Google DNS to name a couple.
Patch your browser
If you’ve signed up for dedicated small business IT support then this is more than likely taken care of, but 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’s the top 3 browsers (in no particular order)
1. Google Chrome
2. Mozilla Firefox
3. 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 add further internet security, which is an added bonus. With current cyber security risks it’s worth checking to see if your browser is indeed up-to-date.