Working from home - Is your broadband up to the job?
Working from home has quickly become a reality for many of us, swapping out our daily commute for a coffee on the sofa before work and while that may sound idyllic, working from home has been shown to be tougher than we thought, especially if you struggle with slow with unreliable broadband speeds, which can drag down your productivity.
Working from home is more than just a trend, a bonus perk, or a temporary fix. Remote work is here to stay, with many companies transitioning to permanent work-from-home roles. It is the new normal way to work for millions across the UK.
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Remote working is a synonym of video calls, sending and receiving emails, sending and downloading files, streaming, etc., so you need to make sure that your connection is fast enough for your needs.
Tips to improve your broadband when working from home
If you’re currently having issues with slow internet access, making it harder to work from home, here are a few things you can try to ensure you’re getting the most out of your broadband, before considering an upgrade.
- Location, location, location!
Altering your home into a remote workspace can often lead to creating home workspaces in unlikely places. Try to choose a space that receives a clear WIFI signal whenever possible. This may involve some experimentation and adjustment, either moving your workspace to a new area or rearranging the room.
- Install your router at the correct height
The height at which you install your router can actually have a large impact on your WIFI signal. Think of it like a speaker, speakers that are higher in the air are easier to hear with better sound quality. The same idea applies to your router. Adjusting the height of your router is a simple method to improve your internet connection while working remotely.
The best height for your router is between 1-1.5 meters, or 3-4 feet, off of the ground. Make sure you don’tset it too high, as this can cause your signal to degrade.
- Change your wireless channel
If you’re struggling with a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might want to try changing your wireless channel settings. If your Wi-Fi router is broadcasting on the same channel as your neighbours, it could be slowing your internet down.
- Run a speed test
If you’re not 100% sure what broadband speed you’re actually getting, then run a quick speed test in order to get a clearer idea. This will help you decide if you need to “ration” your bandwidth. If you only have access to download speeds of around 10Mbps, you’re going to have to be much stricter with your internet usage while working from home than if you had 67Mbps, for example. Using the internet for emails and searching Google won’t place a huge amount of strain on your connection, but if your job includes video calling or downloading and uploading large files, then you might need to look at increasing your package.
- Limit the number of devices connected to Wi-Fi (if you can)
In an ideal world, when working from home you would ensure your broadband is at peak performance by limiting the number of connected devices. However, if you have kids who are home while you’re working, this may not be possible. Streaming movies, music and games is going to slow down your connection and potentially affect your download and upload speeds. If this is the case for you then why not check if Ultrafast Fibre is available for you with average download speeds up to 900Mbps
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Your Superfast Plus and Your Superfast Enhanced broadband offer an unchanging IP address (the number that allows your computer to communicate with other devices). Meaning you can use it to run a server if required.
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