One of the biggest struggles when working from home is poor or inconsistent Internet connectivity. At Compass MSP, we have been hearing a lot about this particular struggle in recent months and have five tips that can possibly help you out.
- Check your internet plan. You should have a minimum of 150 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed. If your plan has lower speeds than this, you should seriously consider an upgrade.
- Check that your hardware is up to date. Reach out to your internet service provider to make sure you have their most up-to-date hardware. They should be able to tell you by looking at the information in their systems or checking/having you check the model numbers on your equipment.
- Get a wired connection. A physical (wired) connection to your router will provide better internet speeds than relying on Wi-Fi. If your router is in an awkward location, consider having your internet service provider change the location of your router.
- Consider Wi-fi boosters or a Mesh Network. If you are unable to connect directly to your Internet router, you can test your connection to see if a wi-fi booster or mesh network may help. Note that these tools do not improve the overall connection speed, they only improve your ability to connect to your wi-fi router at further distances (or through multiple walls) across your home. To test, simply move closer to your wi-fi router and see if your connection improves. If it does, you can purchase a wi-fi booster or mesh network online (they are very basic to install) or contact your internet service provider to see what they offer.
- Limit streaming services. If multiple members of your household are streaming video or using online gaming during working hours, this can massively affect internet speeds. You may either need to purchase a faster Internet package through your provider or limit internet usage in your home during working hours.