Weird computer problems at work? It’s probably the Wi-Fi

I have a friend who is notorious for computer problems. Sometimes their printer doesn’t work. Sometimes their computer won’t load a web page. Sometimes stuff just takes forever when it shouldn’t.

And, dutifully, whenever I stop by, stuff just works. I don’t know if it’s my magnetic personality, but it’s become a bit of a joke. Sometimes if it’s really important they’ll actually call me and say “stay on the phone while I do this, so the computer works.” We all know that’s not how computers function, but yet, whatever floats their boat I’d say.

The real culprit

I’ve told them, and I’ll tell you, the real culprit is your Wi-Fi. More and more today, people use Wi-Fi at work. It’s practically impossible to have enough network ports for everything you want to plug in. It’s a drag to connect up a network cable and it’s even more of a pain if you want to have an open workspace. So, you use Wi-Fi. Why not?

And, because you do, your office could easily have 50 Wi-Fi connected devices. If you have customers, each one is pinging your Wi-Fi even if they aren’t connected. And chances are, you’re running it all off that weak router the cable company gave you. Yeah, the one in the closet that you haven’t looked at in a couple of years.

Older routers are more limited by the number of connections they can serve, and they can’t handle the fastest speeds. But, that’s really not the big issue.

Your office probably has metal studs and a lot of stuff in the walls. If you’ve decorated in the latest modern fashion, you could have brick or astroturf on the walls, too. (And why astroturf on the walls? I digress. That’s a subject for another article.)

Bottom line here is, if you can’t see the router, it’s not working as well as it should. If it’s in another room, it’s being blocked by something, and that’s stopping you from getting the benefits you need.

The solution

The solution is to get a real upgrade to your Wi-Fi. I’m talking about a real, meaningful upgrade. Yes, you can shop for computer equipment at Solid Signal. You’ll find the best selection of commercial-grade stuff. But, is that the right solution?

If you really want an improvement to your Wi-Fi, you need a system. You need something that’s designed from the ground up to work right for you.

Luckily, you have a friend in the business. Call the experts at Signal Connect! We can help you come up with the right solution. Often times it’s a simple as putting an access point in clear view. Sometimes just one access point will do it, while in other cases you’ll need several access points arranged in a mesh configuration. With a mesh network, you connect once and no matter where you are, you get great Wi-Fi. You don’t have to connect separately in every room.

When you’re ready to move forward, call us! The number is 888-233-7563 and we’re here during East Coast business hours, ready to help. If it’s after hours, or if you would just rather do business over email, fill out the form below. We’ll get back to you, usually within one business day.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.