How to stay connected while working from home

Ruben Fields
March 26, 2020

If you're carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection, Ofcom advised.

United Kingdom media watchdog Ofcom published a blog post with seven tips to "stay connected during the coronavirus", recommending people to use landline or Wi-Fi calls when possible to avoid cellular congestion, move the router clear of other devices, and stick with wired rather than wireless. It is well known that cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors can all impact the Wi-Fi network in the home, if they're too close to the router.

Ofcom chief executive Melanie Dawes said families across the country were going online together this week, often juggling work and keeping children busy at the same time.

In order to experience best broadband speeds, connect your computer directly to your router using an Ethernet cable rather than using wifi.

Ofcom additionally advises making calls on a landline the place conceivable, mentioning an build up in the call for on cell networks.

The communications regulator Ofcom has offered up some practical advice for people self-isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic, with its 'Stay Connected' campaign.

Virgin Media, Britain's biggest cable TV operator, said on Tuesday its customers were spending almost twice as much time on their landline phones in the early evening as they did a week ago, with phone call minutes up by as much as 94%. The sudden surge in people being forced to work from home has increased the demand of broadband and mobile networks manifold. You can also use apps like Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp to make calls voice calls over the internet.

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Lastly, users should consult their Internet Service Provider if they are having any issues with their connection or if it is performing under its promised speeds. Before you blame your internet service provider for your slow internet speeds, check to make sure a loved one in your household isn't microwaving their lunch. It says people should try switching Wi-FI reception off on these devices when they are not being used.

The recommendation levels from the apparently evident, like downloading movies prematurely moderately than streaming them when any individual else is also making an attempt to make a video name, to the much less anticipated.

Don't put your internet router near other devices that might interfere with it - put it on a shelf or table by itself. United Kingdom media regulator, Ofcom, noted in an advisory that microwave ovens can reduce Wi-Fi signals, so you should turn it off while doing important work online.

Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed. So can interference from your phone line, so try plugging "microfilters" into every phone socket in your home.

'If possible, carry out tests over a few days and at different times of day.

"Even if the same heavy data traffic that we see each evening were to run throughout the daytime, there is still enough capacity for work applications to run simultaneously", he reportedly said.

This prompted Ofcom to publish its tips for improving broadband connections as many factors in the speed of broadband connections are in the home.

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