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Unless you happen to work in IT, as we do, you probably didn’t wake up this morning thinking about the channel that your business wireless router operates in. But, if you’ve been suffering from slow or inconsistent web connections, then one simple change might be all that’s required.

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 understand. Realize, however, that older wireless web technology runs on 2.4 GHz, which is another channel entirely (think of changing the station on your radio). 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 FCC started allowing wireless routers to operate on the 5.8 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, here are a few more things you should know:

First, that 5.8 GHz wireless routers can often clear up rough 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.

Second, that not every office has the right setup for a 5.8 GHz device. 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 that involve thick walls. It only takes a few minutes for our team to come in and determine what type of equipment you need.

And finally, that it’s important you have a business-class wireless router that operates on both channels. 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.

If you feel confused at this point, or just tired of thinking about wireless routers, that’s understandable. The bottom line is that this is a great time to talk to the team at Bay Area Computers 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.

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Published on 18th June 2015 by James Berger.