We live in a hyper-connected world, and spending even a few seconds without internet connectivity feels like too much of a stretch. For many of us, having a stable internet connection at home is a necessity, since the advent of remote workplaces mean that organisations are often allowing employees to extensively work from home. If you happen to identify with this, you would most likely also agree that having untimely internet woes can be crippling.
Even if you have a high end internet line subscription, you may notice that you're not getting the best of speeds, or are facing largely erratic connectivity. Worry not, this is pretty common, and there are a few simple steps that can help you manage your home internet connection more effectively.
Place your router cleverly
It is of utmost importance that when you set up your home network, you place the Wi-Fi router at a strategic point to ensure maximum coverage. Ideally, you should place the router in your living room, in a spot that doesn't have too many statutory obstructions falling in the way of your network. If you haven't opted for a high-end router, and are sticking to the stock Wi-Fi router that your ISP has provided, try placing it within 20-25 feet of your work desk.
Range extenders are a great idea
If you have multiple rooms in the house, it is always a good idea to use a Wi-Fi range extender. Most of these extenders are inexpensive, can be installed and configured easily, and help in adding a few extra metres to the overall connection range. Be sure to install it at a point fairly close to your work desk, to be sure of receiving great signal strength.
Keep a check on your devices
Considering the ever-increasing number of gadgets in most of our lives, we often lose track of how many devices we have connected to our Wi-Fi networks at home. If your internet connection has been patchy, the additional devices are most likely to blame. Check each of them to see if they’ve been downloading files and updates in the background, and disconnect as many devices as possible to leave only the essentials plugged in.
Kill background apps on your laptop
Over time, our laptops end up running way too many extra apps and services, and without your knowledge, they may be eating heavily into your data. Every now and then, open task manager, and examine clearly which of the processes are running without any clear reason. This may help you identify which apps might be consuming your data as you struggle through your video calls.
Keep your router updated
Lastly, make sure you know the make and model of your router, and keep checking for firmware updates. This can not only help you get the best possible internet speed by patching flaws, but also ensure that your internet connection remains safe throughout.