With the COVID-19 Virus currently wreaking havoc on our daily lives, we have no choice but to stay at home. A lot of businesses had to close either temporarily or for good. As a result, a lot of people ended up jobless either for the meantime or permanently.
However, there are still a lot of people who are fortunate to keep their jobs despite the ongoing pandemic. For one thing, there are already a lot of people who have been working at home even before the COVID-19 screwed us up. As a result, the total number of those who worked at home doubled because of the pandemic.
The reality of working at home
Working at home can be a dream come true for many people out there. Imagine wearing your pajamas while answering emails. You won’t have to wake up early to catch a bus or ride a train and then still turn up late at work. You can also have the opportunity to work at your own pace (unless you and your client agreed on certain work hours).
However, working at home is not always something that everyone wants to do. Working at home may not be for one that has an active social life. Some may find it boring and lonely since you won’t have someone besides your desk to bond with during break time. Internet connection might be an issue as well.
Speaking of which, you should have a strong internet connection if you are planning to work from home. Before getting a brand-new laptop and headset, you should consider your internet connection speed first. Better yet, you should have a back-up connection in case your primary internet provider fails on you.
How to boost your internet connection while at home
A lot of people are working at home as of this moment. The last thing you want to happen is having a laggy internet connection. It will surely mess up your quality of work and your momentum as well.
Use an Ethernet connection
Instead of plugging through your wireless internet, you can plug into your Ethernet connection instead. Doing the latter can prevent the occurrence of interference. At the same time, it will help speed up your connection as well.
However, connecting through the Ethernet may not always be applicable. You would have to run cables and drill through the walls around your house. Plus, phones and other hand-held devices cannot be plugged into an Ethernet connection.
Check if there is something that is interfering with your internet connection
If you experience internet connection problems, try checking anything that is causing it. Appliances such as microwaves, lamps, and speakers might be the culprit. It may also slow down if there is also someone using it at the same time.
Downloading large documents and files and online games can also slow down the internet connection. Putting a password can prevent the internet connection from slowing down due to simultaneous use.
In case all of the abovementioned suggestions do not work, you can install hardware. This will give your internet router some boost. This means you can now work, download, and stream videos at the same time.
Consider availing third-party routers
There are a lot of third-party routers you can avail of. Some popular choices include TP-Link, Netgear’s Nighthawk, Nest WiFi (Google), and Eero (Amazon). Some of these routers are great choices if you have a limited budget. On the other hand, some may be expensive and have complicated designs.
Choose a router depending on your needs
For example, you will need a high-performance router if you are using the internet for online gaming. But if you are using it for usual work like emails and some research, there is no need for a hyper-speedy connection. Then again, it depends on your preferred internet speed regardless of purpose.
Internet boosting tools
You can opt to keep your current internet router. However, there are also tools you can use to boost your internet speed. Some popular options include powerline extenders and wifi boosters.
For one, Wifi boosters come in different prices, sizes, and shapes. It can be plugged into a wall socket and use the same internet setting and connections.
Powerlines, on the other hand, uses the cables available in your home. You use these cables to send your browsing data. Powerlines are ideal for use if your home has thick walls that a Wifi extender cannot reach. Powerline extenders are usually available at an affordable price. However, it depends on the number of extenders you will need.
We will never know how long we have to be stuck in our houses and work remotely. In the meantime, it is important to make the most out of our work-at-home setup. It is also important to make the most out of our time at home and be productive while on quarantine.