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10 tips for getting faster comms when working from home

Now that more people are working from home than ever before, it is important that you do everything possible to maximise your Wi-Fi speeds.

Ofcom have issued some good advice which the BBC Website has expanded on to produce a top 10 list of do’s and don’ts to get faster Wi-Fi when you are working from home.

You can read their advice in full on the 2 links above, but we have summarised these below to save you time:

  1. Don’t use the microwave when you’re making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online as it can reduce your Wi-Fi signal.
  2. Position your internet router as far as possible from other devices that may interfere with the signal, such as on a table or shelf rather than the floor. Devices that can interfere with router signals include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors
  3. Always keep your router switched on.
  4. If you’re carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection.
  5. Try starting video and other high bandwidth calls at less common times, rather than on the hour or half hour.
  6. For the best broadband speeds, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your router rather than using Wi-Fi.
  7. Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed.
  8. Disconnect devices from your Wi-Fi that are not in use. The more devices attached to your Wi-Fi, the lower the speed you get.
  9. If you do need to use your mobile phone, try using your settings to turn on Wi-Fi calling.
  10. Similarly, you can make voice calls over the internet using apps like Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp.

Hope these tips are of use and help you to enjoy a fast and trouble-free experience when working from home.

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