When your business grows, your need for technology grows too. An increase in customers, employees, and equipment means an increase in your Internet bandwidth requirements.
Internet bandwidth (also known as Internet speed) is the maximum rate at which data uploads to or downloads from the Internet on your network. The more bandwidth available increases the speed at which an upload or download can happen.
However, your network’s bandwidth is fixed and must be split among all the users and devices using your network. So, as the number of employees and devices on your network increases, dividing the available bandwidth into smaller and smaller pieces. This decreases the speed at which you can work on the Internet.
Knowing when to increase your bandwidth can be a bit tricky. Here are some signs you need higher bandwidth:
In addition to knowing when you need to increase your bandwidth, knowing how much to increase your bandwidth can be hard to determine. Most Internet service providers are willing to review your current usage data and needs, as well as comparison data from other clients with similar needs to calculate a bandwidth level that matches your needs free of charge. So, it is a good idea to periodically reach out to your provider for a bandwidth assessment.
TIP: Don’t let free WiFi backfire on your business. Develop policies and enable WPA2-level security. You can also add firewalls, change passwords often, and keep the WiFi router in a location out of sight from customers.