It’s probably safe to say that you didn’t wake up this morning thinking about the channel your business class router operates on. But, if you’ve been suffering from slow or inconsistent web connections and have been wondering why, it turns out you were thinking about your wireless channel, you just didn’t know it! If your wireless connection isn’t what it used to be, you may only need to make one simple change.
In the past couple of decades, more and more 5.8 GHz wireless devices have been popping up, and they are now quite common in business settings. If that doesn’t sound like something incredibly important to you, we get it; allow us to explain. Older wireless web technology runs on 2.4 GHz, which is another channel entirely (like using your same ol’ radio but tuning into an entirely different station). Now consider that literally hundreds or thousands of other devices in your area (including phones, remotes, and even household appliances) also use that frequency, and you can see how things could start to get crowded.
As a way around the increasingly important issue of static and interference, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started allowing wireless routers to operate on the 5.8 GHz channel, meaning that a simple hardware swap could make your Internet connection come through more clearly and consistently!
To help you understand a bit more about making the switch to 5.8 GHz, there are a few more things you should know:
5.8 GHz Routers Help Alleviate Crowded Connections
Besides interference from appliances, older Internet routers can also become “crowded” by other wireless networks operating on the same frequency in close proximity. You have a much smaller chance of having those problems with the 5.8 GHz system.
You’re Still Going to Need The 2.4 GHz Channel
Business-class routers are stronger, safer, and more appropriate for use in offices. And, with the 5.8 GHz configuration, you can still use 2.4 GHz channels to communicate with older devices, or those that aren’t receiving the new channel clearly.
There’s Still a Chance Your Business Can’t Benefit from a 5.8 GHz Wireless Router
As with any kind of technology, 5.8 GHz routers have their own nuances. For example, they have different range requirements and don’t work well with certain office layouts (like those that involve thick walls). If you don’t want to commit to a new router before knowing it’ll actually work, give us a call. It’ll only take a few minutes for our team to come in and determine what type of equipment you need.
If you’re still not sure at this point, we understand. The bottom line is that this is a great time to talk to the team at Wolf Technology Group and review your current technology setup, regardless of whether you’re currently experiencing connectivity problems or not. With a few short minutes and a quick visit, we can often find dozens of ways to make your technology less costly and more effective. Give us a call at (833) 482-6435 or contact us online now!
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