How to improve your business broadband speed and reliability

Fighting for channel superiority

Modern businesses need multiple devices on one wireless connection. On top of this, your wireless signal will be competing with the routers of neighbouring buildings. This affects your signal reliability and causes black spots where connectivity is sporadic at best. You need to make sure your router can handle the workload.

The best solution is to upgrade to a dual band router. This operates on both the standard 2.4GHz channel of most routers as well the latest 5GHz channel that newer devices such as the iPad work best on.

Malware working behind the scenes

Make sure your computers are free of malware and other viruses that might damage your internet speed. Malware is designed to disrupt the running of your computer, steal secure information or even allow a hacker to control it remotely. Microsoft’s Windows Defender is one anti-malware programme available to find and remove any malware that you might already have and keep you protected in the future.

Is your browser holding you back?

Your browser will have a huge affect on your internet speed, especially if you’re using an outdated version. For those using Internet Explorer, Microsoft has offered up five tips to improve its performance here.

The latest browsers are configured to work with the latest website designs. That’s especially important as more and more sites are migrating over to HTML5. Older editions of your browser may not be optimised fully to work with HTML5 which could cause longer loading times. Experiment with IE, Firefox and Chrome to see what works best for your business.

Harder, better, faster, stronger – connections!

A direct connection may feel like a step back, but setting up a hardwire network is a lot easier and cheaper than it used to be. If you don’t want the hassle of threading cables all around your building, consider using a true marvel of modern engineering – the homeplug.

A homeplug slots into a normal electric socket and directs internet traffic to another unit. Directly connecting the devices that access the internet most will not only speed them up, but also free up your Wi-Fi network.

Check your speed isn’t being throttled by your provider

Until relatively recently, many ‘unlimited’ broadband deals weren’t unlimited at all.  A glance at the small print would often reveal they were subject to fair usage agreements that limited connection speeds during peak times (usually in the evenings and at weekends) or to particularly bandwidth hungry websites such as YouTube.

If you need a stronger connection from your unlimited deal, check if your speeds are being limited and find out what can be done to fix this.

If you’ve tried all of the above and are still finding your internet to be slow or unreliable, it might b time to consider upgrading to fibre? It’s not available to everyone yet (click here to find out when it’s coming to your area), but fibre is a super-charged solution to your speed and reliability issues.

Christian Nellemann is founder and CEO of XLN Telecom, a provider of broadband and phone services tailored for the UK’s small businesses.


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