How to make your internet connection more resilient

Working from home and suffering from poor connectivity? These six quick tips could help make your internet connection more resilient...

Geoff Burns

12/05/2020

Now that millions of people are working from home, and children are away from school as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, being able to access a reliable connection is crucial.

Staying productive in a remote working environment means having the right tools in place. This includes having access to team collaboration and conferencing tools like Microsoft Teams. However, even the best cloud-based applications won’t do much for you if your internet connection keeps dropping.

The good news is that you can improve your internet speed with a little help.

Here are your top tips from Nice Network.

1.  Check your internet speed

First things first, you need to know what you’re working with. Go online and check your download and upload speed with a site like Speedtets.net.

The Federal Communications Commission recommends that you need around 12-25Mbps (download speed) for multiple users or a lot of downloading. To put it into perspective:

  • You need 3-4Mbps to stream videos and manage your email
  • You need 5Mbps to stream HD video or 10Mbps for group video calls
  • You need 25Mbps to stream 4K video or 40Mbps to send large file transfers

If your internet speed isn’t good enough for the work that you need to do, you need to either update your bandwidth. That means contacting your internet service provider. Or you can try some of these tips.

2.   Relocate your router

When you’re using Wi-Fi for your connections, the closer you are to your router, the better your signal will be. Wi-Fi signals struggle to travel through walls, so you need a clear path from your router to your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Choosing a central position in your house and placing your router somewhere where there are no objects around it is a good start.

It might also be helpful to ensure you have your router plugged into the right phone socket. If you have multiple line connections in your house, test each one to see what speeds you get.

3.   Use a wired connection

While Wi-Fi allows you to work from your tablet or smartphone in the garden, you’re not going to get the best internet connection that way. Reverting to a cable connection should improve your internet speed. An ethernet cable will transfer data at a faster rate than your Wi-Fi.

Switching to a wired connection also means that you have less interference to deal with from other devices. In other words, you don’t have to worry about your Xbox console getting in the way of your laptop or desktop connectivity.

If you want to stick with wireless, it might be worth looking for a wireless booster online. There are a few of these tools available from various brands.

4.   Extend your router range

If you need even more of an internet boost, you can use your home electronics to extend your connection. Virgin Media recommends using powerline adapters for this, which means that you tap into your electric wiring to spread your internet connection throughout your home.

You can use a powerline adapter by connecting your router to the plug socket closest to the adapter. Your internet connection will then be routed around your home through the electrical wiring in your walls. Plugging another adapter into a socket where you’re experiencing a weaker signal should improve your connectivity.

5.   Turn Wi-Fi off where you’re not using it

The more devices in your home that you have connected to the Wi-Fi, the lower your internet speed is going to be. Even if you have a decent connection, and you’re not prone to low speeds in your home, multiple devices like smartphones and tablets working in the background can seriously slow you down.

If you’re conducting video meetings or sending large files, turn off other Wi-Fi connections to give your speeds a boost. Keep in mind that using just audio instead of audio and video in your meetings can reduce the amount of Wi-Fi that you need too.

6.   Clean up your PC

Finally, make sure that nothing on your PC is slowing down your performance. Check to ensure that you have the latest versions of all the software you’re using – including your browser. It may also help to clear your cache and history, too, so your browser has less information to load.

Use CTRL+ALT+DEL to stop background applications from running if you don’t use them and stop automatic software updates that might be draining your connection too.

Check out some quick ways to clean up your PC online or speak to your IT technician if you want some extra guidance.

Investing in the right connection

If all of those strategies don’t work, then you might need to think about switching to a speedier provider. Searching for dedicated business grade solutions like DIA could help you to access the outcomes you need. You’ll need to present these connectivity options to your directors and business owners to get their buy-in.

If your team leaders are happy with what you’re already paying, they might want to look into negotiating purchasing two lines from your incumbent, so you can use one specifically for work.

If businesses want to encourage their staff to work from home more often after COVID-19 issues have settled, they need to ensure that their teams are properly connected.

Need more help managing your business from home? Reach out to Nice Network today.