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5 Tips For More Speed

I feel the need…the need for speed.

Being slow is, by far, the most common complaint I hear about technology. To help, I’ve prepared my top 5 common remedies for increasing speed. Each one addresses a slightly different issue, so you might be plagued by one, but not all. Not sure where to begin, Esquire IT is where you can start.

Network Upgrades:

  1. Wired Networks. When was the last time your cabling was upgraded? Ethernet network cabling is rated by Category (e.g. Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6) indicating the amount of bandwidth they can handle. Gigabit networks should use Category 6 cabling to devices for the best throughput.
    Type Throughput Max Distance
    Category 5 100 Mbits/sec 100 meters
    Category 5e 1000 Mbits/sec 100 meters
    Category 6 10 Gbits/sec 37-100 meters
  2. Wireless Networks. If you office utilizes a secure Wi-Fi network, it may be time to upgrade your wireless router or access points. Depending on your office needs, you may need infrastructure that supports external antennas, dual-band radios, or maybe a range extender.  There could be interference from other equipment in your home/office that could affect the signal. A good wireless router is likely priced between $90-$110.

Computer Upgrades:

  1. Memory upgrades are the simplest upgrade almost anyone can do, especially on desktop computers. RAM allows you to run applications at the same time without compromising speed.  Most computers today come with a minimum of 4GB of RAM, however yours may still be running 2GB or less.  Depending on your computer manufacturer and OS, you could upgrade to 8 or even 16GB of RAM by adding to what you have or replacing the RAM chips.  A 4GB ram upgrade can be as little as $50.
  2. Solid-state drives are another upgrade that could speed up your computer’s performance.  SSDs speed up the time it takes for operating system to read and write to the harddrive.  Converting to an SSD is a bit more advanced than a memory upgrade, so I would recommend doing your research before attempting or you could lose all your information.  A harddrive upgrade is a good time to utilize cloud storage for non-essential items or backups.

Buy a New PC

Business owners are always looking to squeeze the most out of their investments, including PCs.  Most PCs are designed for about 4-5 years of good use, and replacements should be budgeted accordingly. After that time, the hardware has advanced so much that newer software will probably refuse to run on it.  If you’re not sure whether to upgrade or replace, I can help you decide.  As the British saying goes: “Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

Not sure where to begin? Contact Esquire IT for a free consultation.

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