You may have noticed that networking problems can be elusive and frustrating – causing small business owners to lose valuable time and productivity, as well as sleep! Luckily, many networking problems have easily addressable fixes, and some are very common.
One of the most common problems can be solved with a new cable or connector – if intermittent or dropped communications are happening, check the wiring with a cable connector to see if a short or connector problem exists. Dust on fiber optic connectors can also cause problems by interfering with light transmission.
Another common problem manifests as slow connectivity due to a jabbering network card transferring lots of useless data. Check to see if the transmit light is always on to see if a card internal to a PC or laptop is jabbering. This happens when the card is stuck in the transmit mode – and the fix is to swap out cards.
When configuration changes are made or new pieces of equipment are added to the network, equipment set up mistakes, DNS configuration errors, WINS configuration errors or other configuration problems can result – causing network issues. It also pays to look at router tables to see if duplicate IP addresses exist, which can cause slow or intermittent connectivity.
Wireless networking problems can be even more elusive than all this. If you suddenly notice that your connection has slowed down and you are moving – stop. Usually you have wandered too far away from your router and signal strength is low. Another reason is that too many people are trying to connect to your network at once. Many small companies don’t believe in setting up a WEP or WPA key to protect their networks, and usurpers find ways to steal bandwidth and connections run slow. Don’t let this happen to you! Protect your network and vital bandwidth as soon as possible.
Other issues to look for with wireless networks include interference from cordless phones, microwaves and other wireless networks in the vicinity. Dead spots can also be an issue, and can be remedied by using a range extender or repeater if moving your router doesn’t work.
When all else fails and your troubleshooting efforts have not worked, calling in professionals with superior equipment is the right thing to do. The right network cabling installers have the right people, the right troubleshooting tools, and the right prices for any job you may need help with.
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