Working From Home With WiFi
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How Can You Work From Home With Good WiFi?
Across the world over the past year, the majority of employed people have been required to work from home amid the fears of the coronavirus pandemic. This has meant that many people had little time to set up a functioning home office, having to make do with the infrastructure that they already had.
Due to this, it is no surprise that we have all encountered problems with using our home devices and utilities for work purposes. One of these necessities you might have had trouble with, which has been essential for facilitating working from home, has been our home Wi-Fi.
Can you use home internet for work?
Yes. At its most basic, you can use your home internet for work. However, you may need to make some slight adjustments to make sure that your home network is safe enough to do so.
- Download an anti-virus and other internet security software.
- Use a VPN when accessing sensitive or confidential information.
- Never use the same passwords for your home and work devices.
- Always ask a professional for advice if you are unsure.
What is Wi-Fi? Definition, meaning and explanation.
Wi-Fi is a wireless technology which connects computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices to the internet. It is the signal that is sent from a router to a device, which translates the signal into data, and the signal sent back to the router, which connects the device to the internet.
Wi-Fi is transmitted through radio waves, which means that your Wi-Fi router works from a central location, broadcasting the signal in all directions. Some routers might have external antennas which can be adjusted to help reach every direction optimally.
A Wi-Fi network is a shared internet connection that is used for multiple devices in a home or business. The router connects directly to an internet modem and broadcasts the signal within the network coverage area, allowing you freedom to connect anywhere within this range.
You can get Wi-Fi services in your home through an Internet Service Provider, or ISP. Depending on your geographical location and availability, an ISP can offer a range of internet services for your use within your home.
What types of Wi-Fi are there?
As mentioned, there are many different types of Wi-Fi that can be provided to you by your ISP. What is available to choose from is dependent upon:
- Location in the world
- How close you are to a city
- Whether you have a wired internet service already installed
- Availability of each connection
For example, many urban and suburban places around the world may be able to offer 5G connectivity or fibre optic broadband. However, these services may be unavailable for those in rural areas, or those further away from the exchange, most likely offering 4G LTE connectivity instead.
How can I improve my internet working from home?
The easiest way that you can improve your internet working from home is by booking a network report from WiFi Heros. This report includes:
- Two-hour site visit and diagnosis of network issues
- Cold spot tests to identify any Wi-Fi black spots
- Immediate repairs (when possible)
- A suggested comprehensive solution that will improve your Wi-Fi with a money back gaurantee
- Written report of all diagnostics
Common problems from using home internet for work
If you have been using your home internet network for work, then there a few common problems that you might have encountered, such as dead zones, being unable to connect, dropping connection, and much more.
Do you ever find that your laptop won’t connect to the internet? Sometimes, the issue might actually be because of your laptop or a momentary network issue. Try turning the Wi-Fi off on your device and then re-enabling it or try turning the router and device off and on again. If that doesn’t work, you may need to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi.
Another problem you might encounter is if your network seems to be running very lethargic and slow…
Slow Wi-Fi? 8 ways to speed up your home office network
- Make sure you are getting the speed you pay for
Check the speed of your internet by performing an internet speed test or by having a comprehensive network report. Compare this against the speed that your ISP promises in your service plan. If it is less than the speed promised, you might want to consider switching providers.
- Increase your bandwidth
For working from home, you will probably need at least 30Mbps of bandwidth. If you have anything under this, it is time to increase your bandwidth.
- Manage your upload usage
If you are working from home whilst the kids are watching Netflix and taking online classes, then this might be too much for the upload capacity offered by your ISP. When you are about to go onto a video conference, shut down everything that you don’t need to solve this problem.
- Place your router in the optimum spot
Finding the optimum place to house your router is an easy way to boost performance significantly. Book a network report and a cold spot test to identify any Wi-Fi black spots in your home.
- Find the fastest channel
Wi-Fi sends and transmits data via various channels, some of which can overlap. You can scan your Wi-Fi to find an unoccupied or less crowded channel and just connect to this one instead for faster speeds.
- Make sure no one is stealing your Wi-Fi
If your Wi-Fi suddenly gets slow, it might be that someone close by is stealing your Wi-Fi, leaving less for you. To solve this, kick any unrecognised devices off the network and change your password.
- Update the firmware on your router
As with all devices, routers need to be regularly updated to take advantage of patches and fixes to any security problems and speed issues.
- Upgrade your router
And if nothing else has worked? It might be time to upgrade to a new router which has a faster connectivity.
When upgrading your Wi-Fi might be your only option
If your internet is faulty and you cannot seem to figure out the problem, then WifiHeros’ Wi-Fi gurus are on hand to diagnose the issue and suggest solutions for any issues that we uncover quickly and efficiently.
However, if your connections continue to drop at random times, your router crashes regularly, or nothing can every connect to the Wi-Fi, it might be that upgrading your Wi-Fi router might be the only option. When this is the case, get in touch for your free consultation for about an upgrade that can maximise and strengthen your Wi-Fi coverage at home and work.