Schools and colleges are shut and more and more employees in the country take to a work-from-home schedule to counter the growing coronavirus threat around the world. It has obviously taken a toll on internet connectivity and speed, overall data traffic on its network to surge exponentially as more people self-isolate and work from home. As the COVID-19 outbreak forces millions to work from home, ensuring fast and reliable home internet has become vital.
There is obviously a slim chance that there could be issues because a lot of people are going to be working from home using many different programmes and applications, so there’s going to be a lot of bandwidth usage. And there are concerns about cybersecurity. Data from Atlas VPN shows that the usage of VPNs across the world has surged since an ever-increasing number of people started going into “work from home” due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Internet traffic during the outbreak has surged so much that big tech companies including YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon.com have lowered the quality of their video streaming to reduce bandwidth usage. Facebook.com, meanwhile, is struggling to deal with the sudden spike in usage.
5 ways to speed up your internet when working from home
1. Don’t keep your router on the floor
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, speakers, TVs, and monitors.
2. Don’t use the microwave
Microwave ovens can affect WiFi speeds when they’re running because they operate on the same frequency, so turning the microwave right off could prevent disruption.
3. Disconnect devices from WiFi when you’re not using them
Devices like tablets and smartphones can put a demand on your WiFi even when they’re just running in the background. Switching off or disconnecting them from the WiFi could free up bandwidth.
4. Use an ethernet cable
Ethernet cable provides faster internet speeds than WiFi
5. Plug your router into your main phone socket
When plugging into the phone socket and make sure the cable isn’t tangled, it’s better not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed.