Due to the Covid lockdown, many of us were unable to meet in person and had to work from home.
Many home setups were not ready for this. A common frustration was trying to have online meetings with your staff. The quality of these meetings was poor because of internet speed issues at home.
Now that companies are more open to having staff work from home, it is a good idea to evaluate and improve your home internet setup. Here are some tips:
- Find out your contracted internet speed. If you have, for example, 50Mbps and multiple devices in your home, you’re going to have a bad experience.
- Replace your router. Most routers provided by Cox or At&t are not good. Buying your own modem and router will improve your internet experience and save money because you won’t have to pay rent for their router.
- If you have a large home, many devices and multiple users, consider installing a wi-fi mesh system, especially if you don’t want to run cables all over.
What is wi-fi mesh?
Wi-fi mesh is a combination of a router and a series of satellites, or nodes, that you place throughout your house. All these components will talk to each other and create a single large wi-fi network in your home. These devices are easy to install and most can be managed with an app on your phone. The downsides: they are expensive (around $400-$600) and some users don’t like having the satellites around their home as some are not aesthetically pleasant.