How Do You Know It’s Time To Upgrade Your Equipment?

By May 20, 2020 No Comments

You installed your WiFi network a few years ago and it worked great!  Maybe with increased occupancy during shelter-in-place ordinances, guests are complaining, and you can’t figure out what’s wrong.

So what’s the problem? If it’s not your internet circuit or support, it may be your network equipment. Consumers and the devices they use are changing – they’re now carrying smartphones and tablets with lower-powered antennae which requires more WiFi coverage and expecting to be connected all the time. Additionally, the average individual now has 3 devices and everyone is streaming internet content.

Here are some signs that it might be time to upgrade your network:

  1. Your WiFi equipment is 4-years-old or more. The current generation of WiFi technology is 802.11ac. If you purchased your network equipment 4 years ago, you may have older technology which may not meet the needs of current consumers.
  2. You’ve increased your internet circuit speeds. Older generation equipment has a cap on how much speed they can process. If you’ve upgraded your internet bandwidth, you’ll want to make sure that your network equipment can handle the new speeds.
  3. You are expanding or improving sites. You want to make sure your WiFi network is full coverage – meaning guests can connect on any device, anywhere on your property. This is something most guests expect when they hear a property has WiFi, so you’ll want to set clear expectations if you don’t intend to provide full coverage.

Unsure if it’s time for an equipment upgrade? Call us today for a free consultation and network review. We want to help you Get Connected!

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