4 Ways To Help Your Internet Speed While Working From Home
Over the last year, more and more people have started to work from home. There are even multiple people in the same household that are working from home, or completing online learning, and that can really take a toll on your internet speed when everyone is on it at once.
Before you go blaming your service provider for selling you fast and reliable internet that is suddenly not doing its job, remember that most providers didn’t expect everyone in the same area, much less the same household, to be online all at once. This has impacted everyone across America, but luckily there are a few ways that can help boost the speed of your internet that can hopefully get you through each workday.
Disconnect Other Devices
While you’re working, you probably aren’t even using your phone to browse Facebook or watch videos - or are you? If you are going to be working on your work computer all day, it’s best to turn the wifi off on your phone. Even while you aren’t directly using it, your phone is always still using the connection in the background, such as making app updates. The same goes with any tablets or smart TVs that you have.
Move Closer To Your Router
Yep, a simple move to get closer to your router can really impact your speed, especially during Zoom meetings and downloads you have to do for work. In today’s world, many people tend to think that Wifi is the end-all-be-all to connection, but that is simply not the case. To increase your internet connection even more, you can also directly connect into the router with an Ethernet cable. It might sound old-school, but establishing that direct connection will do wonders for your speed because the signal isn’t having to do any extra work.
Consider Times With Lower Activity
Downloading documents or updating software during work hours can slow things down for everyone. If the item you are needing to download or update can wait, try getting it done during slower times, like very early in the morning or late at night.
In addition to this, try moving your meetings to an unconventional time such as 10 or 15 minutes after the hour or half hour. Many people create meetings right at the top of the hour or half hour because it is convenient, but everyone hopping on a call at those times is going to negatively affect your internet speed.
Upgrade Your Internet
Sometimes, the simple solution is the most obvious solution. If you are consistently having issues with your internet, you might just need to upgrade to faster internet. Afterall, most people purchase their service with the intention of just using it after work and school and on the weekends, and no one could have prepared for the masses working remotely. Check with your provider to see if they offer faster internet speeds that can benefit you and your family that are working from home.
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