Working from home forced many workers into the hands of thinly stretched internet and overwhelmed internet networks. Yet, just because homes quickly became offices doesn’t mean that workers should settle with low-quality connection and vulnerable home networks. Above anything else, remote workers need more reliable equipment to stay productive and push projects forward.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which workers can boost higher-quality internet network connection for seamless calls and meetings while working remotely – and organizations should provide the resources to bolster their home networks instead of leaving employees to navigate the answers alone.
Here are our top three tips for boosting your home network:
1. Reliable hardware – All employees should have a reliable and secure laptop and mobile device — both for getting work done at home or taking calls and meetings on the go. This should be applied to anything from a desktop monitor to accessories like earbuds. Take the time to find hardware that has been interoperability tested and approved with the different platforms and services you use daily to ensure compatibility. Working on reliable hardware and devices allows for less time troubleshooting hardware issues and more time focusing on quality work.
2. Strong home network connection – When setting up your remote work space, it's critical to ensure that you have both a reliable and strong internet connection that meets home network requirements. While using a wired connection is the most secure, it's not always possible while moving around the house. The spot in which you choose to house your router can have a greater effect on your signal than you think, so make sure it's in a central location that is close to where you and your at-home co-workers most often work. Another way to guarantee strong connectivity is by using a VPN connection (virtual private network). VPNs enable remote users to still gain access to their company network as well as files and resources that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to open remotely on a more secured network.
3. Regular internet network testing – Home connectivity should be regularly tested to ensure a reliable signal while working remotely. To help streamline the process, Fuze Checkup makes it easy to run internet networks tests and diagnostics. By clicking the question mark in the upper right corner of the desktop application, users can follow prompts to quickly and effectively test home networks to maintain the best connection. Conducting a speed test can also measure the maximum possible speed your internet network can achieve. This will ensure that your home network is fast enough to keep up with your activity and won’t cause issues during calls or meetings.
With reliable hardware, a strong connection and access to regular testing, remote work doesn’t have to be interrupted by spotty internet connections, poor audio quality, or choppy video meetings. For more tips on building an effective remote work space, check out our Ultimate Guide to Remote Work: