Restrictions on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic mean that employees working from home are more likely to connect a corporate laptop to a home broadband connection. This is not ideal: there is one connection from the Internet to the house, then it is distributed and routed throughout the house to all devices.



A single connection means that the same physical channel is used. As isolation has shown, families combine home schooling and lessons conducted on Zoom with business video conferences. At some point, school ends; children can be on social media, on YouTube, on a game console, or watching online television. This can happen at the same time that the network is being used for business video calls. Each connected device will use a specific bandwidth. And depending on the application, some consume much more than others. All this suggests problems with getting decent Internet speed when working from home.

Despite its convenience, Wi-Fi is probably the least reliable way to connect a laptop to your home network. An instant and easy upgrade can be achieved by connecting an Ethernet cable from your home broadband router directly to your corporate laptop. Many newer laptops no longer have an Ethernet port, but you can plug the necessary adapter into an available laptop USB port for a wired connection to the router.


New technologies make it easier to work with Wi-Fi 6-speed is 38% faster and can support 4 times the capacity of devices. People can take advantage of this technology as a supplement to their existing home infrastructure.


It’s not always necessary to upgrade your broadband to a faster fiber package to get better internet at home. One way to increase your Internet speed without buying additional hardware is to make changes to your router’s configuration settings. This is a zero-cost upgrade option for those who don’t mind spending a little time digging through the router’s settings screens.


In the LAN part, the quality of service (QoS) configuration is important. In effect, this forces the router to limit the network bandwidth available to certain applications or devices, which leaves most of the available bandwidth for key applications.


With Wi-Fi, it may also be worth experimenting with using a different channel. Many routers either use channel 1 by default or are in “auto” mode. You should also make sure that your mobile devices and tablets are connected to 5GHz Wi-Fi. This frees up the 2.4 GHz band for fixed Wi-Fi devices and corporate laptops.


Some applications, such as the Netflix video streaming service, offer different levels of bandwidth usage depending on the quality of the video stream. Thus, 4K content uses more bandwidth compared to HD (high definition). SD video (standard definition) has the least impact on bandwidth. If there is no compelling reason to transmit in 4K, you can achieve a significant reduction in bandwidth usage by using settings for lower quality. Along with setting up the video stream transfer, it may be worth trying lower settings on game consoles as well.

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