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3 tech tips for working from home

David West Mar 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Working at a laptop while using a mobille phone

Working from home for the first time can be daunting, especially if you’re not too tech-savvy, which is why we’ve put together some handy tips to get the best out of your technology!

Use an Ethernet cable

Where possible, always try to connect your device directly to your router by ethernet cable. This provides the fastest and most reliable connection to your internet.

Not sure what an Ethernet cable is? Check out Comms Express explanation.

Ethernet cable

Unfortunately, most modern desktop PCs don’t have Wi-Fi functionality so you’re forced to use a cable – if you’ve taken a work PC home, try to run the cable directly to your router rather than going via HomePlugs which send your internet via the mains electricity, or extenders – these can slow down your connection!

Check your speed and usage

If you’re having problems with remote connectivity, follow these steps to try to find the problem:

  • Run a speedtest to see if you’re getting the speeds you should. Just type ‘speedtest’ into Google and hit the ‘Run Speed Test’ button to test. If you’re not sure what speeds you should expect, give your ISP (Internet Service Provider) a call to check.

What the "speedtest" button looks like

  • Run 3 speed tests over a short period of time to get an average. If you’re not getting the speeds you should, check who else in the house is using the internet – streaming, gaming and downloading will use up your bandwidth and result in slow remote connectivity
  • If nobody else is using the internet and you’re still having problems, unplug your router (BT Hub, Sky Hub etc) for 30 seconds, then plug back in and allow it to restart
  • If you’re still having problems and your speed test results aren’t what they should be, give your ISP a call as there may be a fault on your line or with your router

Regularly reboot your PC

We encourage everyone to shut their PC down at the end of the day, allow for updates to be installed when prompted etc.

Not enabled remote working yet? Get in touch. We can help get your staff set up and ready to go! Forget the hassle of moving everything; work from home using any home computer with our free, handy tool.

Have a query? Contact the team today!