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Maximizing Internet Connection Speed

Updated: May 10

Up Your Internet Game: A Guide to Better Connection When Working Remotely

In our world of online meetings and cloud-based teamwork, a speedy and reliable internet connection is a remote worker's best friend. But what if your internet isn't up to par? Don't worry, we've got you covered! To help you make the most of your remote work experience, we've put together a step-by-step guide to optimize your internet, ensuring a smoother and more productive work-from-home journey.


1. Assess Your Internet Connection First

First things first - how fast is your internet? Try this: If you can get your hands on a LAN cable, plug it in and run a speed test to see your internet speed. If it doesn’t match the speed on your subscription, you may need to call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or replace your router or modem. If your speed test does match your internet bill, but it still seems slow, it may be time to upgrade to a better plan.


If everything looks good, do the speed test again but use WiFi. This time stand right next to your router. If your speeds still look good there, but they drop when you're anywhere else in the house, then your Wi-Fi coverage is likely the party pooper.


2. Optimize Your Location

If you must use Wi-Fi and a wired connection isn't an option, it's important to position your workstation strategically. You need to find that sweet spot in your house where the Wi-Fi signal is strongest. Why? Because that's where your internet connection will be the best. So, grab your laptop, move around, and see where your Wi-Fi bars are happiest. Remember, walls, floors, and big objects can interfere with your signal, so try different spots and levels in your home.


3. Move Your Router

Let's be real, every house plays favorites with Wi-Fi signals. And a big part of this is where your router's set up. You might think tucking it away in a cabinet or sticking it by the window where the cable comes in is a good idea - but hold on. That's not always the case. So, here are some tips on where to put it:

  • First, don't trap your router. Keep it in open air, clear from walls and stuff that could block its signal or make it overheat.

  • The middle of your house is usually the sweet spot. From there, your router can spread the Wi-Fi signal to every corner of your home.

  • If you can ditch even one wall between you and the router, you'll see a big jump in your Wi-Fi performance.

  • Keep your router away from heavy-duty appliances and electronics. They can hog your Wi-Fi and slow things down.

  • If your router has antennas, stand them up straight. It's like raising its hand in class - it gets more attention (or in this case, coverage).

  •  Lastly, think about lifting your router higher up - on a top shelf or mounted on the wall. It's like giving it a better stage for its Wi-Fi performance.

4. Play Around with Your Router Settings

Don't be afraid to get a little technical. Sometimes, all it takes is a few tweaks in your router settings to boost your internet speed. Look for features like QoS (Quality of Service) settings, which can help prioritize certain types of traffic. Just make sure to save or write down your current settings before making any changes, in case you need to switch back


5. Optimize Your Bandwidth Usage

Do a quick check and close any apps or programs you don't need right now. They could be hogging your bandwidth without you even knowing. And if you're into online gaming, make sure to hit pause on that while you're working. It'll free up more bandwidth for your work stuff.


6. Schedule Your Internet Time

Think of your home's internet as a shared resource - the more people using it, the slower it can get. So, if you can, try to time your heavy internet use when others aren't online. It's like having the whole playground to yourself!


Remember, it’s always wise to have a backup plan in case of any technical hiccups. If you plan to work remotely long-term, it’s a good idea to have an extra device or a backup internet connection on hand.


By following these tips, you'll be able to optimize your internet speed and boost your performance and productivity!


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