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Work From Home: Internet Tips For Working Professionals

Monday, Jun 07, 2021 · 10 mins

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Work From Home: Internet tips for Working Professionals

With the nation moving back to the confines of our homes, we have again resorted to remote working. However, the majority of home WiFi networks aren't designed to be used as a workstation. Our home networks also lack sufficient bandwidth and Wi-Fi speed to accommodate all of the data we need to perform our jobs. While your internet might be fast enough to stream Netflix and surf the web, is it fast enough to support video calls with your boss, coworkers, or clients? In the article, we’ve tried to summarize internet tips that you might find useful while working from home.

What kind of internet do I need while working from home?

Your current internet plan will most likely allow you to work from home without too many issues, but if you're looking for a new ISP, you'll want to look for consistent download and upload speeds as well as at least one terabyte (TB) of data per month.

  1. Download Speeds:

    Download speeds indicate how easily you can access information on the internet. websites, Netflix videos, and work email can load faster with faster download speeds.

  2. Upload Speeds:

    Upload speeds indicate how easily you can upload information to the internet. Faster upload speeds will not only get the PDF attached to your email in a flash, but they will also keep you looking picture-perfect during your Zoom call.

  3. Data:

    Anything you do on the internet consumes data, with streaming and uploading large files consuming the most. Most internet providers give you at least one terabyte of data per month, but some go all out and give you unlimited data.

Below are recommended download and upload speeds for some popular work from home apps:

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AppRecommended download speedRecommended upload speed
Zoom11.2–3 Mbps1.2–3 Mbps
Slack2200 Kbps–4 Mbps100 Kbps–600 Kbps
Skype330 Kbps–8 Mbps30 Kbps–1.5 Mbps
Cisco Webex40.5–2.5 Mbps0.5–3 Mbps
Google Hangouts Meet518 Kbps–3.2 Mbps12 Kbps–3.2 Mbps

 

What is a suitable internet connection for working from home?

If you operate from home, we suggest a minimum download speed of 50 to 100 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 10 Mbps if you upload big files to the internet. If you're working from home alone and won't be uploading huge files, such as streaming on YouTube, attending video conferences, or providing graphic designs to clients, we think you'll be fine with at least 50 Mbps.

What can you do to improve your speeds while working from home?

  • Restart your router if necessary. Restarting your router clears any errors in its memory that could be disrupting or slowing down your internet connection.
  • Purchase a new router. It might be time to update your router if it is older. Newer routers are better suited to maintain a fast internet connection.
  • Check your router's location: is it in the middle of the room, away from any obstacles that may obstruct wifi signals?
  • Increase the strength of your WiFi signal – a better signal means faster WiFi.
  • Check for router updates; a router that is both modified and secured performs best.
  • Invest in Managed WiFi to relieve yourself of the burden – you won't have time to manually monitor your entire network and all of your linked devices if you're busy working.

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