How do I make working from home more tolerable when everyone is using the internet?
The UK Government has required all employees to work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so. There are many issues and grumbles this mass exodus to the ‘kitchen table office’ has created, here are a few life hacks to try and navigate you through the issues of shared internet.
You’ll be sharing your internet connection with your household. Whilst browsing the internet you might not notice issues but processes that allow you to remotely connect to your office network, such as VPN or remote desktop connection need more stable connections. You should consider the following:
- Preventing the streaming of movies and playing of online videogames during work hours which could negatively impact your internet stability whilst working.
- Check with your broadband provider to see if they offer extra web protection / apps to help you and your family use your internet safely at home.
- Consider purchasing “ethernet over electric” adapters so that you can turn your plug socket into a network cable point: link to some options on Amazon here. Working over network cable has much more stability than over wi–fi connection.
- Consider the position of your home router; can it be moved closer to you to improve the Wi-fi signal?
- Don’t hide the router in a corner. Routers emit in all directions – you will ‘lose’ some of your wi–fi radio waves through walls.
- Place router up high and centrally
- Don’t put it in your kitchen (metal can dissipate radio, and microwaves use the same wireless band)
- Point antennas in opposite directions (if any)
Following the steps above will help make working from home more tolerable at this difficult time
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Liv is an outstanding and experienced technician with over 7 years’ experience with us working with complex server and system issues. Currently holds the position of Systems Management Specialist at EasylifeIT™ and spearheads our Crisis Prevention programme.