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4 Ways to Ensure Reliable Connectivity for Mobile Devices

By implementing best practices to optimize mobile device connectivity, organizations can improve the user experience and attain the functionality needed in today’s connected world.

In today’s digital age, maintaining reliable connectivity poses numerous challenges given that devices are becoming smarter and smarter. The education system uses Chromebooks, iPads and other devices to enable student education. In healthcare, devices are revolutionizing the patient experience
Organizations across industries are coming to rely on mobile devices for increased productivity and effective workflows. And, all these devices rely on mobile connectivity. To ensure a seamless user experience as we depend more and more on these devices, it is crucial to optimize mobile device connectivity. By doing so, organizations can attain the convenience and functionality needed in today’s connected world.

Let’s explore some key strategies and tips to keep your connection strong while improving the user experience.

Common Challenges in Mobile Connectivity

One of the most common challenges in maintaining mobile device strength is dealing with the limitations of devices. Owning your infrastructure, such as a wireless network, is like a double-edged sword. The infrastructure grants you control over the network, but it also means taking responsibility for its maintenance and security.

However, there are limitations when it comes to controlling certain elements. For example, you may not have control over devices like Apple products or IT dependencies that rely on external infrastructure. In certain cases, enterprises use proprietary software to regulate connectivity options. This allows them to restrict access only to their own network and specific authorized connections.

Supporting the multitude of end users in a high-density environment also poses a significant challenge. You can have 17,000 people sitting in a basketball area, but they are using multiple devices to conduct activities such as Snapchatting, posting social messages, texting, etc. With thousands of devices present, it becomes crucial to build a wireless infrastructure to handle the bandwidth while ensuring a satisfactory user experience.

Fortunately, there are mechanisms in place to help control and optimize their user experience. Some of these have advanced features designed to guide and direct those devices toward the better network option.

4 Tips for Improving Mobile Device Connectivity

Through infrastructure assessment, employee education and some simple best practices, you can gain some quick wins in optimizing your mobile connectivity. Here are four tips you can start with:

  1. Optimize your device settings: Adjusting your device settings can greatly improve connectivity. Start by checking your Wi-Fi preferences and ensuring that your device is connected to the strongest available Wi-Fi network. You can also prioritize Wi-Fi over cellular data to conserve data usage and improve connection stability. Additionally, periodically reviewing and adjusting your mobile data usage settings can help prevent unexpected data drain and ensure a consistent connection.
  2. Keep your device software and firmware updated: Regularly updating your device's software and firmware is crucial for maintaining a reliable connection. These updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can enhance network stability. Make it a habit to check for updates and install them as soon as they become available. This will not only improve connectivity but also ensure that your device is equipped with the latest security features.
  3. Choose a reliable mobile carrier: The quality of your mobile carrier plays a significant role in determining the reliability of your connection. Research and choose a reputable carrier known for providing strong network coverage and reliable connectivity in your area. Consider factors such as network infrastructure, customer reviews and coverage maps before making a decision.
  4. Consider using signal boosters or Wi-Fi extenders (Wi-Fi mesh): If you frequently find yourself in areas with weak signal strength, investing in a signal booster or Wi-Fi mesh may improve your connectivity. These devices amplify and extend the reach of your signal, allowing you to maintain a stable connection even in challenging environments.

CDW can help you build and optimize your infrastructure so that you have enough access points and wireless connectivity to support the devices connecting to your network and improve the user experience.

Not All Environments Are Created Equal

Through proper assessments of your infrastructure, CDW can help you implement best practices to support added users and improve efficiency. Our team consists of subject matter experts who possess the necessary expertise to implement, deploy, configure and manage this solution. Each expert has valuable experience in this field to ask the critical questions needed to help you find solutions that align with your business goals.

Rich Cruz

Rich Cruz

Principal Field Solution Architect
Rich Cruz is a disciplined, highly trained and certified engineer with 20 years of experience. He began his career with CDW in 2010 as a senior wireless network engineer focusing on enterprise customers across all verticals. His current role is senior enterprise wireless solution architect. He was the lead wireless architect for CDW’s first NFL stadium/large public venue (Georgia Dome) in 2013. Th