Remote Working

Tips for Remote Working to increase speed and stay safe

Check with your ISP to see if you are getting your optimal speed from both your home and business or if you are eligible for a free speed increase/new router. There are several situations where business owners and home users are unaware that a faster and possibly more economical solution is available.

Try not to stream movies or games when working from home or while in your office. Your remote connection is sharing the bandwidth with whatever else is on your network at that time; this includes phones, tablets, TV, etc.

Make sure you're VPN connection software (if using VPN) is up to date. Check with your current IT provider to see if your means of connection is the latest and greatest. Using older technology can be the chokepoint in your connection speeds.

Check to see that your Anti-Virus solution for your remote PC/laptop is up to date and functioning. If you are using a home computer (not supplied by your company), be sure that your current IT provider has approved its use.

Be wary of COVID-19 emails asking you to pre-purchase your test (there is no charge for the test). People are trying to make a buck off of the uninformed. Please share this information with friends & family.

Hardwire connecting instead of Wi-Fi when possible. If your laptop or PC is close to your internal router/switch using a CAT5 cable to connect directly to it will increase your speed and be a more reliable connection.

Resources (I am sure there will be more as things evolve):

Comcast and T-Mobile have announced suspensions of their internet data cap policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Comcast says it will no longer charge overage fees for home internet customers that go over its broadband data caps, while T-Mobile says it’s removing all data caps for its mobile customers. AT&T and Verizon have taken similar measures.

New in March 2020, a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

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Rick Catron