Do Your Employees Know What To Do When the Internet Is Down?


It’s Saturday.  You’re not working at your store today, but an employee is opening and running the store for the day.  They go to get online and realize there is no Internet connection.  They try to use the consignment software on the computers throughout your store, but they get error messages.  The credit card system is down too!!!

Do your employees know how to identify your Internet modem, network router, and any network devices on your network?  When we receive a call from a store that’s currently down, one of the first things to check is to see if the modem/router is powered-on and online.  Next, is to reboot/power-cycle it.

This is the point where we find most employees do not know where the modem/router is or how to identify it.

Modem + Router Combo
Modem + Router Combo

Instead of setting your employees up for a crisis, it’s worth setting aside some time to show employees where the following devices are located:

  • Cable/DSL modem
  • Network Router
  • Network Switch

Some locations might have a separate modem and router, others might have an all-in-one ‘gateway’.

Maybe print a label for each of these devices and snap a picture with your phone, so you can create a “to do” list if Internet goes down.  Just power-cycling these devices, typically resolves most ‘Internet is down!‘ issues.

By empowering your employees with the ability to identify your Internet modem/router, Internet going out won’t feel like such a major issue.  🙂

If you would like The Computer Peeps to help you document your network configuration, give us a buzz at (888) 374-5422!

I am a consignment software specialist, System Administrator for hundreds of consignment workstations across North America, and developer of Peeps' Software! I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. After 18+ years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale store-owners face. From electrical issues in old building or strip malls, to advocating for them when their consignment software keeps crashing. I now manage hundreds of computer systems, servers & websites for store-owners all across North America and I am the developer/programmer of Peeps' Software -- the only software written FOR consignment & resale stores specifically.

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