Most Bed & Breakfasts don’t have the same giant budgets of the big hotel chains, so they can’t afford expensive technical set ups or assistance to deal with poor internet. There’s an even bigger problem for B&Bs deep in the countryside, where wireless internet is even more unreliable.
But if the WiFi in your Bed & Breakfast isn’t quite up to scratch there are a few things you can do, and there may be no need to bring in costly help from an expert.
Purple WiFi have put together a few top tips to combat poor WiFi and keep the guests online (and happy):
- Switch channels: The channel your router operates on may be overcrowded and therefore slowing you down – you can change to a quieter one. Use a WiFi scanner tool (like this one: http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/) to find out if there are less populated channels that you can use. Then access your router’s configuration page address and choose the quieter channel.
- Centralise the router: Often people keep their routers tucked away in the corner, but they in fact prefer central locations. WiFi signals are emitted in every direction equally, so make sure the router is somewhere more central that will allow you to make the most of all the signals that are sent out.
- Ensure the best signal standard: It’s important to check that the router is operating signals from 802.11ac, as this is the best standard to function with.
- Upgrade your antenna: See if your router can work with a double antenna, or upgrade to a high gain version – but make sure it supports MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output).
- Reduce interference: Metal objects, cordless phones and microwaves can all operate on the same frequency as WiFi, so make sure you keep the router away from these.
- Make sure the router is up to date: Your equipment may be out of date, so keep up with any updates from the manufacturer. It’s also best to make sure that the router can run on 5GHz band frequencies as well as the usual 2.4GHz – routers that can cover both will be effective for more devices.
- Secure the network: Make sure you lock down your network so that no one can pilfer your connection.
Follow these steps to make the most out of your WiFi and deliver the most up to date service for your guests.
This is a guest post by Henri Pearon, a Content Executive for Purple WiFi, writing mainly on future trends in technology and changing WiFi uses.