Get Better WiFi for Working Remotely

Apr 20, 2020Blog

“Better Wi-Fi” means wireless internet that is fast and stable every time you use it. Better Wi-Fi is what you need if you are going to be working remotely, whether that’s from home or somewhere else while using a public Wi-Fi network.

But our main focus is on making sure that your home Wi-Fi network is the best it can be for your home office. You can make sure that your home Wi-Fi network performs better by focusing on a few things:

  • Wi-Fi speed
  • Wi-Fi signal strength
  • Type of connection
  • Overall Wi-Fi network performance

Let’s do a deeper dive into each of these areas. This way, you will better understand what you can do to get better Wi-Fi and how you can do it.

It is not difficult to achieve the best Wi-Fi network speed, signal strength, connection and performance. But each of these components is a piece in the bigger puzzle, which means you have to pay attention to them all. They often directly depend on one another. So, if one suffers, so do the rest.

Here’s what you need to know:

Get better Wi-Fi speed

Better Wi-Fi speed means better connection. The faster your connection, the better you will be able to upload and download important files for working from home. Among other things.

Generally, a good Wi-Fi speed is depends on the activity you need to do. Here’s a high-level guide for speeds you want when working from home:

10-12 Mbps supports:

  • Sending emails
  • Reading articles
  • Browsing the web

20-25 Mbps supports:

  • Everything that 10-12 Mbps supports plus
  • Uploading and downloading files
  • HD video streaming
  • Online gaming
  • Downloading music, and more.

Here’s a checklist for what you can do to up your Wi-Fi speed:

Your Wi-Fi speed directly depends on your Wi-Fi signal, so it’s important to make sure your signal is strong to get fast internet speeds.

Get better Wi-Fi signal strength

Because your Wi-Fi signal affects your Wi-Fi speeds, you need to make sure your signal is solid and reliable.

Here’s a checklist for what you can do to improve your Wi-Fi signal:

  • Re-position your router, making sure it is central and off of the floor.
  • Re-position the antennas on your router for optimal signal between your router and devices.
  • Look into Wi-Fi extenders for better coverage throughout your home (this requires a signal that is already strong, but needs help reaching dead spots).

Get better Wi-Fi connection

Sometimes a total wireless setup won’t cut it for all of the support your devices need. That’s okay! There are “wired” setups that can supplement your home wireless network. They are easy to use, and just because they simulate a wired network, doesn’t mean they are intrusive or going to clutter your space. (The best of both worlds!)

There are two reliable options that can help boost the overall Wi-Fi coverage in your home that will give you a better connection overall. They are Powerline network adapters and MoCA network adapters.

These home networking tools use existing wiring in your home. That means no additional cost, no breaking down walls or other damage in your home, and no stress to setup. All you do is buy a pair of either adapters, plug them in and go.

Here’s the difference between the two:

  • Powerline network adapters create a physical connection between your router and a single device by using the powerline (or legacy) wiring in your home.

    Powerline adapters are especially useful for devices like your laptop during a video conference call.

  • MoCA network adapters are similar to powerline adapters, but they use your home’s existing coaxial wiring.

Both options give you stable internet connection throughout your home. To know which adapters to choose comes down to the fact that MoCA adapters are limited to rooms with a coaxial wall outlet. If you do not have any rooms in your home with coaxial outlets, then choose powerline adapters.

Get better Wi-Fi network performance

The last piece of the puzzle is your overall network performance. You need to manage your entire Wi-Fi network to know its performance. And, this is a 24/7 job. Your network is only as good as its speed, signal strength, and security. To perform better, all of these areas need to be their best.

So, how do you manage your Wi-Fi network by yourself? And, why do you need to?

Great questions.

A managed Wi-Fi network is secured and optimized to perform best. Which means fast speeds and reliable internet connection all of the time.

But that can be a big, time-consuming and therefore overwhelming job to take on all by yourself. It’s doable, but when your time is already consumed by your work, you don’t have many hours or energy left for checking all of the boxes on the Wi-Fi network performance list.

That’s where a Wi-Fi management tool steps in. Home Wi-Fi network management tools do the hard work for you by acting as your in-home, 24/7 IT support.

A reputable home Wi-Fi management tool is Optim™ Managed Wi-Fi Solutions.

Optim offers safe, reliable wireless internet. Optim takes care of:

  • Boosting your Wi-Fi speeds
  • Monitoring how your Wi-Fi signal strength
  • Optimizing for better Wi-Fi connection
  • Keeping track of your network performance
  • Taking inventory of every device connected to your Wi-Fi network
  • Booting off unwanted guests
  • Protecting your network with advanced security, and more

So, to recap: You need your Wi-Fi network to perform its best to make sure working from home is successful. Often it comes down to better internet speed, signal strength, connection. And each of these components rely on one another. So, while each are important, it’s best to look at them as a whole, and that’s why managed Wi-Fi is so important.

Stay in-the-know on the impacts of how your home Wi-Fi network can affect working from home or remote and other developing tech news by visiting Actiontec’s Industry Articles or the Actiontec blog.

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