We want your business to use IT to its full potential so we’ve put together this list of 5 ways to boost your business IT speeds. We hope decision makers can use these tips to improve the speed of their IT infrastructure.
1. Boost business IT speeds with 10 x faster networks
100Mbps (megabits per second) is so last century! If you want to increase the speed of your business network make sure all devices including servers, computers, network switches, firewalls and routers support network speeds of 1000Mbps AKA 1Gbps (gigabits per second).
1Gbps is 10 times quicker than 100Mbps and all network devices purchased in the last 5 years should support it, if they don’t then look to replace them as they’re probably slowing you down!
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), who are basically the guys that set the standard for network speeds, are planning to increase wired Ethernet speeds to 1Tbps (terabits per second), which is 10 times quicker than 100Gbps, by 2015! It’s probably a few years before we start seeing small businesses with 1Tbps network speeds but in the meantime 1Gbps on wired networks is the best way forward.
2. Triple your Wi-Fi speeds
802.11ac is the new wireless standard and with it comes a new generation of routers and Wi-Fi cards that are designed to elevate your businesses wireless to the next level! After years of wireless ‘n’ being the standard, 802.11ac is becoming more common on routers, laptops and other wireless devices.
So what’s the advantage of ‘ac’? The main benefit is speed! Over 1Gbps to be precise, but because it’s wireless and due to network protocol and bottlenecks you won’t actually see that speed. However, this new standard is making Wi-Fi almost as quick as wired Gigabit speeds.
3. Easy computer maintenance with instant results
Removing start-up apps from a computer can actually boost its start-up time by around 40%! This is quick and easy to perform; in the Windows Start menu type “msconfig” in the search bar. This utility allows you to choose only the essential applications you want loading when your computer loads up.
Using another Windows built-in utility called ‘Disk clean-up’ will remove non required temp files, programs and data that could be slowing your computer down. In the Windows search bar, type ‘disk clean-up’ and choose the ‘free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files’.
Other tips to improve computer speeds are;
- Remove unused applications from ‘programs and features’. Most computers come with bundles of useless free software that is never used and just takes up space and uses system resources
- Regularly check for malware with free apps such as Malwarebytes to ensure nothing nasty is slowing things down
- Regularly ensure you have business class anti-virus software running that is configured to detect viruses but not slow down your computer!
If in doubt check with Fentons or with your business IT service provider before completing these maintenance tasks.
4. Low-cost computer upgrades with jaw-dropping effects
If we told you we could make your lagging computer super-quick for around £100 you probably wouldn’t believe us!? Well it’s true and we can prove it!
However there is always a caveat and in this instance it’s processor speed. To be quick your computer needs a minimum of an Intel i3 Core processor, if it doesn’t then it’s probably worth replacing. If it does have an Intel i3 or i5 but feels like it’s dragging its heels, upgrade its RAM and Hard Drive to an SSD.
Upgrading a desktop or laptop that has only 2GB/4GB to 8GB RAM has a noticeable improvement, but if you also upgrade the hard drive to an SSD drive, then you REALLY notice the difference! The machine will not only boot in seconds but documents and applications will also launch much faster.
5. Use Quality of Service to prioritise network traffic
Quality of Service (QoS) is a feature that comes as standard on most business class network routers and switches. It can be used to optimise and prioritise the network traffic of different internet and network services.
If configured correctly by a professional IT services company, QoS can be setup to improve the performance of a network by allocating the correct bandwidth and resources to the most important communication services of your business.
We hope these tips prove useful to your business. If your company needs advise on improving the speed of its IT infra structure please get in contact with our team of senior IT support engineers on 01903 786 287 – we’re always here to help.