Poor Internet connectivity is a huge barrier for businesses, particularly in the legal sector when access to information is crucial. Having an online presence is key, and building your social media channels and email list should be integral to your marketing campaign. However, you may also rely on security software and business management systems that simply cannot run without reliable internet connectivity.
Luckily, in today’s digital landscape, there are numerous ways to boost Internet connectivity and become more productive in your chambers. Here are five tips to make sure you never go offline.
1. Get faster Wi-Fi
If you’re using any cloud-based technology, you’ll need fibre-optic Wi-Fi to keep up with the demands of data storage, email and other applications. Improving your wireless connection is the simplest and fastest way to speed up your Internet, and luckily fibre-optic is highly affordable – particularly if you’re splitting the cost with others in your chambers.
2. Change/reposition your router
The biggest culprit of poor Internet connectivity is cheap, old routers with weak antennas because of their limited range. Essentially, the further you are from your router, the slower your Internet connection will be. A two-pronged approach to improving your connection would mean investing in a more powerful router and making sure it is placed for maximum reach. This involves positioning the router where the signal doesn’t have to travel through too many walls and doors to reach you. Finding the right position for your router is particularly challenging in older infrastructure, where a wireless repeater might be needed to strengthen the signal.
3. Replace your devices
Slow Internet connectivity might not be the result of your Wi-Fi speed or router – it could be down to the devices you’re using. Wireless Internet is getting faster, and many old laptops and computers simply can’t keep up with the demands of modern applications. If you want your business to evolve with the times, you should aim to replace your connected devices every few years.
4. Have a backup plan
No matter how fast and reliable your Internet connectivity, there’s no guarantee technical problems won’t arise. If your connection goes down, you need to have a plan for how your chambers will fare. One solution is to use a failover solution. Having a failover will mean you have a second “backup” connection should your first one fail, switching your customers over from a wireless connection to 4G automatically.
5. Outsource your IT
Cloud technology means you no longer have to manage your IT internally. You can outsource your network through the cloud by an external provider that understands the needs of your business. Implementing this change means you don’t need to have IT staff on your premises to improve your connection speed, reducing the labour and costs involved.
Improve your Internet Connectivity and boost your bottom line
There’s no doubt about it: slow Internet will affect your bottom line and maybe even your client relationships. Poor communication is the antithesis of good business, so you may need to invest a little time and money into improving your Wi-Fi, but the payoff will be worth it.
Don’t lose out to your competition – instead, make sure your chambers benefits from the best connection speed possible, so you know you’ve got a system in place that keeps you connected. For tailored connectivity solutions and support for those in the legal sector, contact CBSIT today.