How to make your network faster!
How to make your data network faster!
Most home users usually complain about the signal and speeds of their Internet connection and mostly blame the Internet service provider on these problems. However most of the time the poor network speed can be attributed to poorly made data cables, or older Wi-Fi access points or data switches on the network. There’s even the possibility of malware residing on any one of the computers on the network. There are several things you can do to investigate your network speeds and how you can try to eradicate what’s the cause of these problems. In this article we will discuss several tools and techniques you can use to speed up your network.
Okay so, first you should try to measure your Internet service provider speeds now. Your ISP will generally have given you a standard modem that they have tried and tested, and is configured for a set package or broadband speed that they are selling you. Now this speed is the maximum average speed based in megabits per second. It’s usually a downloadable figure. Now this can be a guaranteed 1-1 or 1-many users ratio, and this is a measure of the cable connection from their datacentre back to your modem they supplied to you for your home or business premises.
Now, it is important to want to remove all other data devices from your ISPs modem, this also includes shutting down or switching off all other wireless devices in your home or business. The best way to do this is to perhaps turn the Wi-Fi signal off on the modem or router, or switch off all wireless access points in your home, and unplug any data cables from your modem, leaving only one connected to your computer. So now, all you have connected is one computer directly to the modem with a data cable and your modem is online with the Internet service provider.
[Note: we don’t recommend you carry out this procedure if you have a business network as you may have a firewall connected to that modem that controls your internet and internal network configuration, and in this case contact your IT administrator or the business that looks after your computers.]
Measure Your Internet Connection Speed
To measure your Internet speed we suggest you go to two websites, www.speedtest.net and www.speedtest.upc.ie. The former also has a free android and ios app and run your speed test. You’ll probably find that you get the speeds that your ISP has promised you, as you are using a cabled connection. If you haven’t, give them a call and explain what’s happening. Possibly take a couple of screenshots of the speed you are receiving give that information to your ISPs technical support line. Once everything checks out okay. it time to move onto the next section and test your local network speeds. It is worth pointing out that if your ISP is charging you for a 150mb or greater broadband speed, the network interface card (NIC) in your computer may only operate at 100 Mb per second speeds (fast ethernet), and if this is to case, in order to get any faster speeds, you should look at upgrading your hardware.
Reconnect all your ICT Devices
Next connect back all of the devices and make sure everything is working. Make sure you can see everything on your network. Now we are going to do some local network speed tests. You need to know the IP address of some computers or devices on your network. To do this, you can download another free utility called “advanced-ip-scanner.” Open this program, and carry out a scan on your network to compile a list to devices on your network.
Now we suggest you download another tool called LAN speed test (lite). This is a free utility. You enter an IP address of another device on your network, for example a file share or even your Internet modem. This will test out the local network speed and quality of your network. If you are finding problems with speeds, and might be what testing your cables after only breaks, bends or staples in the data cable, or if the cable pins are not in the correct order.
Test Your WiFi Speed
Next we need to move onto your Wi-Fi. Your ISP is right when they talk to you about your Wi-Fi speed and your broadband speed been two different things. So lets explain that right now. We carried out two individual tests above was tested each connection, testing your connection back to your ISPs datacentre and then local cable connections and devices connections.
You need to ensure that we are using good quality Wi-Fi access points, and not the cheaper entry level access points. Try to use a dual 2.4 & 5ghz WiFi access points, and use AC which can use the same simultaneously.
Carry out a Wi-Fi scan of your environment, as the buildings structure and machinery or other devices on same wireless frequency can interfere. A good tool to use here is “WiFi Analyzer”, or “Acrylic WiFi” for a desktop computer. You should only use three channels in your environment, not always possible, but use the channel that is least populated.
Wireless Repeaters, Powerline adapters and wired cable connections can be used, but always with great consideration first. Try to use a direct connection with a data cable, and if not then use a powerline adaptor or repeater. Best quality is always achieved with a data cable.
If you have any questions on any of these topics discussed, or if you need any help with your business, (restaurant, pub, or hotel Wi-Fi access), be sure to give us a call, we are happy to offer free advice carry out a free initial assessment.