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How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal in 5 Minutes

If you’re asking ‘How do I get better WiFi?’

Then this is definitely for you.

Wi-Fi signal is made of simple radio waves and as with any radio there are numerous issues that can cause interference problems. Strong Wi-Fi signal on the other hand can have the opposite effect. Giving you faster performance and better coverage around your home or business. So with this in mind it’s important to make sure you properly position and configure your router to get the best from the signal strength which is available. Read on and we’ll show you how to achieve this in no more than 5 minutes by following theses three easy steps.

 1) Point The Antenna Up

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well it is, and in many cases routers have aerial-looking antenna sticking out of the back of them. These antennae will almost always come out of the box pointing horizontally to make sure they fit in the box and we often see these in buildings still horizontal just because they have never been moved. Positioning the antenna vertically will increase your connection strength and if you have two or more antennae, keep the antennae vertical and in parallel to optimise performance, there is no advantage to pointing them all in different directions.

 2) Position Your Router Properly.

Consider where you will put your router. If you have a large home or office space then getting your router as central as possible you will benefit from more overall coverage as you will be boosting the range of the signal. Placing the router at one end of the building will, in many cases, mean you get great signal at that end of the building (and also outside that side of the building) but limited signal at the other side of the office. However, if your router signal is strong enough and there is a good signal everywhere in your office there’s little benefit in moving it now.

Position your router high up. Placing your router on the floor may be the most convenient place but is almost always the worst. A higher position will help your signal.

Metal has been the enemy for wireless signals for numerous years and we’re afraid nothing has changed. If your router is placed on or near large metal objects such as filing cabinets or metal shelves, this could cause a problem as the signal cannot pass through metal. In some cases, routers positioned too close to metal pipes have had issues and moving them can provide an almost instant improvement.

Ok, so you’ve checked all that, but there is still some interference, well you maybe able to root out the problem by looking at your other devices. Microwave ovens, baby monitors and even cordless telephones can interfere with Wi-Fi signals.

 3) Choose the best Wi-Fi Channel

If you’re in a place where there are a variety of different Wi-Fi networks running such as a block of flats or a shared office space, your neighbours’ Wi-Fi will probably be interfering with yours

You can however minimize the effect this can have, and as a starting point moving your router away from the other routers will be a good place to start but unfortunately is not a fool proof plan. The best option in this case is to switch to a different Wi-Fi Channel. If you’re not highly ‘tech savvy’ you may feel like we’ve just asked you to perform something you have no idea how to do? Well not to fear, we promise it’s not as technical as it sounds, just follow these simple instructions.

• You can change channels on your router’s settings page (instructions on finding this page will be in your routers manual or online).

• Locate the Wi-Fi channel option in the router’s web interface and change it to a different channel with less interference. Finding the right channel can be a bit of an experiment at first but it’s relatively easy to do and can have a great effect. The investment of a few minutes of your time now will save you hours in the future. To us, it seems like a good option.

So, 3 easy steps and you’re done!

If you would like more information on how to get the best from your Wi-Fi connection or explore the best connections for you then call the team at The 848 Group on 01785 503 848 or email info@848.co and we will be happy to help.

Wi-Fi isn’t our only service, you can view the rest of our IT products and services here: www.848.co

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3 Things to Look for in a Flexible Business Mobile Tariff

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It’s no secret that business have gone global. From the giants at Microsoft to home businesses shipping hand made products abroad, we now work and compete in a global market and require business mobile tariffs to match our needs.

When looking for a business mobile tariff that suits your needs there are many contract perks to take into consideration. Though the benefits of shopping around for the ideal business tariff are endless, we’ve gathered our top three things to look for in a flexible and modern mobile business tariff.

Global Connectivity

It goes without saying that a flexible plan is conductive to businesses with multiple offices. Not only does a generous data plan suit travelling salespeople and consultants, but should you expand beyond the UK a tariff allowing international use is especially beneficial, removing the need for a phone in every port!

We’ll make no bones about it – with the UK’s membership of the EU all but certain, mobile phone plans could see big alterations. Looking out for a plan that specifies EU minutes and data (in addition to in UK) should keep you covered in the event that we leave but if being able to communicate affordably in the EU is important to you then be sure to check with your provider before signing any lengthy contracts.

Reliable Network Access

As we conduct increasing amounts of business when we’re away from the office, a business mobile tariff that provides generous amounts of data grows in importance. If your office uses cloud IT solutions such as Office 365 or Google Apps for Work then you’ll already be aware of the flexible mobile working these programs offer.

To make the most of this mobile functionality, a generous, or unlimited, data plan will ensure you’re able to stay productive whilst on the go, particularly when connected to a lightning fast 4G network. Research the best coverage and most generous offerings to secure the ideal plan for your travelling colleagues.

Choose Your Own Handset

Though it may not sound significant, being able to choose a handset that integrates well with the rest of your business technology estate should be a big consideration in choosing a mobile business tariff. If your company uses Macs then you might find it wise to select an iPhone for easy synchronisation, whereas PC users might find the effortless integration from Android and Windows phones ideal.

It may seem trivial, but this added bonus can make a big difference when presenting a unified appearance!

Sounds Good to Me!

In line with our must haves for a flexible mobile business tariff, we’re currently able to offer a 24 month plan that is perfect for the international professional. Get a £60/mo EE plan for just £40 a month and access 25GB/mo UK data, 500MB/day EU data along with unlimited calls and texts across the UK, USA and EU.

To secure this flexible, global business tariff for your company, provide your details below and an 848 advisor will be in contact shortly. For more information, visit our dedicated page for this fantastic opportunity!

 

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Cisco Meraki Launch Meraki Communications

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Meet the MC74 – an intuitive product to debut Cisco Meraki Communications. Integrate your office network further with new Meraki communications devices

 

We’re pleased to bring you the news of Cisco Meraki’s new MC line, a range of communication devices designed to integrate seamlessly with existing Meraki solutions. Kicking off this exciting addition to the Meraki product family is the MC74 – a work phone like no other.

Complete with an HD, touchscreen display for ease of use and navigation, the MC74 is an intuitive desktop communication device that makes interaction in, and outside, your company a breeze.

What’s more, with full integration with the Cisco Meraki network, administrators can remotely configure the device using just a serial number. Administrators can manage the phone using the Meraki dashboard as they would with any other user device – reviewing call stats, managing a contacts directory and configuring alerts can all be performed remotely via the cloud.

The MC74 also features:-

  • Contact directory integration
  • Call history & visual voicemail
  • Ad-hoc conferencing
  • Lock screen protection
  • Voice response and extension calling
  • 2 x USB headset ports and 3.5mm audio headset socket

Though only initially launched in the US, the MC74 is set to be available in other territories soon. We’re looking forward to future releases from the Meraki Communications range that are hopefully set to live up to this debut device!

The EE Business Mobile Tariff You Won’t Want to Miss

The Business Mobile Market is Changing

No one can argue that mobile devices now provide more than just calls and texts. Sure, that might have once been their basic functionality, but nowadays I’m willing to bet you use your phone for internet based functions far more often than traditional communication. Whether you’re updating social media, checking your e-mails or previewing documents, mobile devices are becoming indispensable to modern businesses and you need a business mobile tariff to keep up.  

We’re pleased to announce that we’re extending 848 Business Communications to encompass this growing market.

To celebrate our entrance to the business mobile communications market, we’re working in partnership with EE to ensure your business receives the best level of mobile connectivity possible. With EE’s industry leading 4G network and mobile communications expertise, combined with our long standing experience in providing business IT solutions and services, we’re offering an exceptional business mobile tariff you won’t want to miss out on.

The All-in-One Business Tariff

For just £38 a month plus VAT*, all you could want from a business mobile tariff is covered. A huge 25GB of data gives you plenty of wiggle room in accessing your email and downloading documents whilst unlimited minutes and texts keep you connected wherever there is a phone signal. What’s more, you’re covered for international business ventures with 180 roaming minutes and texts in the EU and USA!

Seeing as we’re so good to you, we’re also throwing in a special, 848 Communications, added extra. Choose from either:

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5% off the first 12 months of your plan in our tariff reimbursement scheme

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Complimenting your new tariff with a free Jabra Stealth MS Bluetooth Headset, optimised for Skype for business.

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Act Fast!

As can be expected, this offer will be leaving us almost as quickly as EE’s superfast 4G network can load a webpage. You have until the 7th April 2016 to take advantage.

Get in touch today to speak to an advisor

 *24 month contract. Subsidies may apply for some handsets.

Everything we learned from last week’s Microsoft security conference.

Technology companies around the world, from SMEs to heavyweights, are all feeling pressure to prove the security of their software. Maybe it’s because of the recent network breaches that have occurred to big UK businesses, such as the TalkTalk scandal. Or perhaps a result of the rumoured cyber-attacks suspected to follow the terror events lasr month. Recent statistics show 44% of all UK consumers have been subject to a technology breach at some point in their lives: clearly, we’re approaching a state of crisis. At the Microsoft security conference last month, CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage to examine exactly how- and why- you need to keep your tech safe.

Nadella placed particular emphasis on how ‘Trust is at the core’ of all digital technology, pointing out that digital technology is embedded into every industry and sector of the modern age. He also discussed how detrimental security breaches are to the industry, claiming $3 million dollars are lost every year- and citing the reason for this is that it takes on average 229 days to detect an intrusion. The tech we use needs to start advancing quickly.

At the Microsoft security conference, Nadella outlined the 4 strong commitments the company holds with regards to any data you put in their hands:

  • Data must be kept private and under your control.
  • Data must be managed in accordance with the law of the land.
  • Microsoft must be transparent about the collection and use of data.
  • Data must be secure.

All are good pillars of a secure and supported data system- but more convincing was the demonstration of security on Microsoft’s devices. First up to be shown was Windows Hello, a system working so quickly you had to pay attention to keep up. When paired with Azure active directory, you can pre-configure which apps require more authentication- for instance, certain apps can be configured to call your phone, so your account has double the security. These steps are a bid to move away from passwords entirely, to more bio-metric and multi-authentication procedures.

Microsoft also acknowledged that a great deal of security breaches come not from direct attacks on your network, but from subtler phishing attempts. Would-be hackers are getting smarter by the day, and the ability they have to make their content appear genuine is astounding. By using hardware-based virtualisation, however, your Microsoft devices have a thorough protection from malware. Opening a ‘bad’ email link, for instance, places it in a chamber be analysed, warning you that the link is not to be trusted. Is occurs similarly with apps- if the application you attempt to download isn’t signed by a trusted authority, it’s blocked.

BYOB also got a special mention on the security front- it’s a big concern for business owners to allow staff to use their personal devices for business use. By using Microsoft Intune as a cloud service, your IT department can define the permissions on each device, so it’s up to you to decide what is and isn’t appropriate for company use. This was even demonstrated on an iPhone- so you can have secure devices, no matter what make! This is infrastructure level detection. Azure security centre gives you a central overview of all the security in your environment, with live security, so you can detect breaches just as they happen.

We’re experiencing new threats at ridiculous speed, and they’re coming from everywhere. If the Microsoft security conference taught us anything, it’s that no matter where you’re buying your tech- or how you’re using it- you have to make sure it’s safe.