Even with regular maintenance, your network is complex. Running a business is hard enough, and you don't need extra worry about your network functioning properly, especially if your business phone is cloud-based!

Multiple problems can affect your network; some can be more challenging to understand and identify. To address these issues, we've created an article outlining five common network wiring issues to help you minimize downtime.

1. Slow Speeds

You need your networks to run at the highest capacity, and there can be many reasons why you're experiencing inadequate performance. From faulty wiring to failing switch ports, even organizational network issues can all change how traffic flows through the system, creating a slow response.

If your network is crawling along, several factors could be contributing to the slowdown. First, ensure that your internet plan matches your needs. If your plan is too slow for your requirements, upgrading could solve the problem.

Outdated routers and modems can bottleneck your connection, so consider upgrading these devices. It's also a good practice to optimize your network by placing your router in a central location and minimizing interference from other electronic devices.

2. Weak Signal

Interconnectivity is critical, and while in the best-case scenario, your Wi-Fi signal will always be consistent, chances are this isn't necessarily the case, and there may be areas where it's weak or nonexistent. Dilapidated wiring, cordless phones, and even Bluetooth can all interfere with the signal, and running a diagnostic can help pinpoint the issue.

To address weak signals, try relocating your router to a more central location within your office. Routers emit signals in all directions, so placing yours in the middle of your space will improve coverage. You might also invest in range extenders or mesh Wi-Fi systems to ensure adequate coverage throughout your space.

3. Connectivity Issues

If the connection suddenly breaks, this is because the cables have knocked loose or become damaged. In most scenarios, simply replacing and reconnecting them can fix the issue, but if it's something more internal, you may have to call a professional for repair.

To resolve any connectivity issues, start by checking your hardware, ensuring cables are securely plugged in and devices are functioning correctly. Overloaded networks can be problematic, so reducing the number of connected devices may also help.

4. Packet Loss

Packet loss happens when data fails to reach the intended destination in the network. If the packets are discarded or lost during the transmission, you'll have corrupted data delivery.

Issues including transmission errors, network congestion, and hardware issues can all impact this and corrupt the data, degrading video and voice quality and reducing the overall efficiency of the delivery.

Packet loss can be mitigated by investigating the source of the problem. It could be due to network congestion, hardware issues, or problems with your ISP. Troubleshoot by checking all your connections, rebooting your modem and router, and testing your network for congestion during peak usage hours. If these steps don't resolve the problem, reach out to your ISP for further assistance.

5. VPN Issues

One of the biggest problems with a VPN is a failure to connect to the server, leaving you unable to access the information you're trying to receive. While firewall settings and login details are common culprits for the disconnect, network wiring can also have an impact, especially if you are directly connected to the router.

When using a VPN, slow speeds or connectivity problems are common. One solution is to select a high-quality VPN service known for its speed and reliability. Ensure your VPN software is up-to-date, and select a server that is physically closer to your location to reduce latency. You can also try using a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi, which may provide a more stable VPN experience.

Central Telephone Sales: Your Twin Cities Telecommunication Experts

Network issues are a huge headache, and knowing some of the most common ones will help you be better prepared to tackle challenges if they arise.

Getting the right support is easy when you work with the Central Telephone Sales and Service team. Our experts have been a leading provider of business phone services and phone system repair in Minnesota since 1979.

Setting up an online appointment is easy, or if you'd like to connect with us over the phone, give us a call at 763-550-2000 today.