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How to Improve Your Business WiFi Coverage for Better Productivity

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Regardless of the type of small business you operate, dependable WiFi is undoubtedly a crucial component of daily operations, including managing payroll, invoicing, and conducting transactions. Spotty WiFi coverage is more than just a nuisance—it can harm productivity, hinder collaboration, and even damage customer relationships whether you run your business from a brick-and-mortar location, a series of satellite offices, or even out of your home, your WiFi connection matters. To get the most out of your Breezeline Internet Service, start at the ground level—with the hardware. Below are a few pro tips on getting the most out of your business WiFi, whether you're using a traditional router or Wifi Your Way™ for Business powered by Plume® Workpass.

Place hardware in a central location

No matter how your workspace is designed, it's important to remember to place your WiFi hardware in a central location that is open and free from potential sources of interference. Smaller workspaces may only need a single WiFi router, but larger, multilevel spaces require a few different access points. In these cases, ensure that your WiFi router and access points are spread evenly throughout the space—and pay particular attention to areas where multiple employees tend to perform bandwidth-intensive tasks like large downloads or uploads, videoconferencing, etc. In these areas, your WiFi hardware should connect easily to devices like laptops, desktops, tablets, and other smart devices.

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Avoid these interference factors

As a business owner, you're used to managing multiple tasks, such as answering urgent customer calls, attending meetings that disrupt your mornings, and dealing with routine issues. Fortunately, WiFi interference is a more straightforward problem to solve. When setting up your business WiFi network, consider these factors, which can slow your signal or cause it to work sporadically:

  • Having multiple or parallel WiFi networks from an upstream or additional router

  • Bulky furniture like desks with dense padding and metal/wood framing

  • Devices that operate on the same frequency as your WiFi network

  • Metal doors

  • Mirrors and windows, which may reflect WiFi signal and affect its strength

  • Foil-backed insulation between floors

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How to optimize your WiFi mesh network

Are you having trouble getting a strong signal in a particular area of your workspace? It could be due to one or more of these factors. To optimize your WiFi mesh network, set up an advanced WiFi management solution,

  • Place hardware in open, exposed areas.

  • Look for central locations along interior walls.

  • Avoid placing devices on walls with large mirrors or windows—instead, try to position them so the signal can go around them.

  • Try placing your hardware near the stairs to stretch your WiFi signal between floors.

Optimizing your WiFi Your Way for Business hardware

Your workday has enough interruptions-you don't need slow WiFi to be one of them. You can optimize your enhanced WiFi hardware by connecting pod to your modem or router for optimal performance. then place pods in the farthest reaches of your workspace.

Setting up your hardware in a thoughtful way not only boosts your signal-it boosts vour productivity and even your bottom line.

Optimize your internet speed for better download and upload performance

If you optimize your WiFi hardware and it still doesn’t improve your internet connection, consider upgrading your internet service for faster download and upload speeds.

Breezeline provides four-speed tiers to match your business needs. Download speeds are listed below. Upload speeds may vary depending on whether you are serviced by high-speed data or fiber-based internet service. If you need faster speeds or direct internet access

Business Essential (100Mbps) - For home offices and very small businesses. Perfect for basic email and light internet browsing

Business Plus (300Mbps) - For small businesses. A great fit for browsing content-rich websites, streaming audio and video files, rapid file downloads and uploads

Business Premium (600Mbps) - For medium-sized businesses. A good choice for point-of-sale terminals and video conferencing

Business GiG (1000Mbps/1 Gig) - For larger businesses. Optimal speeds for high order volume ecommerce, website hosting, and large data file backups

To learn more about WiFi Your Way for Business, call 833-660-4853 to speak with an account executive.

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