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Tips For Reliable Internet Connection at Home

January 5, 2021

Tips For Reliable Internet Connection at Home

One of the best things about working from home while your kids are learning virtually is that you get to share space during the day, and be there for each other’s small wins and big achievements. But this also means sharing the Internet, which can sometimes cause technical difficulties.

You may know the feeling: your computer freezes during an important Zoom meeting, or it takes much longer than usual to download a document. Now that you and your kids are both on the internet during the day, it is normal to experience delays in connection... fortunately, there are a few quick and easy ways to minimize them. Take a look at our tips for ensuring stress-free work and school days at home!

How to Get Better Internet Connection

Rearrange Router Position. Your WiFi router connects your devices to the internet, so it is important to place it in an optimal position during the day. Keeping it hidden or covered may be ideal for aesthetics, but it can also cause connection problems by blocking signals. Move it into an open area, preferably near where you are working, and away from other devices like speakers and TVs. (You can always move it back in the evening!)

Reduce Applications. Certain applications like Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, and Pandora take up a lot of bandwidth, which can disrupt Internet connection. Of course, it is natural to want to listen to music and check social media throughout the day, but make sure that you and your kids minimize the amount of time spent on these applications, particularly when you need a fast, reliable connection.

Quick, Easy Fixes. Believe it or not, your microwave uses the same frequency as your WiFi router, which means it can disrupt your Internet connection. Therefore, do not use your microwave when you know you or your kids need a strong connection. Similarly, devices like tablets and smartphones that are connected to WiFi can slow things down — even when they are not in use. Disconnect these devices from WiFi as much as you can, and you are sure to see a better connection.

We all know the frustration of slow Internet, especially now that we are spending more time at home. With a few simple changes here and there, you can ensure a reliable connection when you and your kids need it most — which means peace of mind for everyone throughout the day. 

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