How mobile workers can speed up their internet connections

In an earlier blog, we looked at how businesses can keep their mobile devices powered up and their people working. But effective mobile working doesn’t just depend on hardware. Because, if you are working from home, it doesn’t matter how much battery power you have if your internet connection isn’t up to the job.

So, in addition to turning your router off and on, what can your mobile employees do to maximise productivity? Here are some top tips to help your mobile workforce.

Review your current speed

If you think that your internet is slow, use an online speed checker to test this (e.g. https://broadbandtest.which.co.uk). A good internet speed depends entirely on how broadband is used. You can find out more about what constitutes a good speed here.

You can also find out which parts of the UK get the best and worst broadband speeds here.

Check the speed you are supposed to get

Once you know what speed you are getting, check with your provider to see if that matches the package you are paying for.  If you are regularly having connection issues because your internet requirements have increased, it may be time to upgrade your plan.

Also, if the speed you are getting is not in line with your plan, talk to your internet service provider to see if there’s anything they can do to help resolve this.

Improve your speed without upgrading your plan

Many things can alter internet speed, so, before you jump in and spend more money on a plan upgrade, it’s also worth checking these. For example:

  • The number of connections you have in your home. If you have a lot of devices connected to the internet, you will drain resource. To speed things up make sure you switch off any devices you are not using
  • When you are online. The time of day can impact broadband speeds. For example, 6pm-11pm has a higher number of internet users, and this can have an effect
  • The quality of your hardware. Old cables and routers can slow down broadband speeds so contact your provider to ask for an upgrade
  • Look at where your router is placed. Your signal will decrease if it has to pass through walls. Ideally, place your router in a central location, high up, and away from the kitchen (metal can distort your signal)
  • Viruses/spyware/adware etc. These will slow down your computer and possibly your internet connection. Make sure you are protected with anti-virus software and undertake regular scans (if you are working from home you should be doing this as standard to keep your work data protected)
  • Wi-Fi channels. Most routers allow users to select from several different channels. If lots of people are using the same channel, your connection could be slow. Try changing Wi-Fi channels to see if that helps
  • Buy a Wi-Fi Booster. These easily expand wireless coverage and are available for less than £20
  • Close unnecessary and unused apps. If you have lots of apps open, this could have a negative effect on your internet connection. Check task manager (Press CTRL + ALT + DEL) to see if anything is particularly bandwidth hungry, and if not absolutely necessary, shut these down.

Make sure your router is secure

Make sure your router is password protected so that your neighbours can’t use your internet connection and, in turn, slow down your access.

If you want to allow your workforce to operate remotely, you’ll need an IT infrastructure that works and that makes it easy for them to get hold of all the documents, apps and files they need. Your technology should also make it easy for everyone to stay in touch – no matter where they are.

Ultimately, on-the-go working helps to make you more productive, more efficient and more competitive. For more information on how our cloud-based products and services can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.

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