07/08/2020 | BYPOR Jane Reuter

4 tips to optimize internet connectivity at home

Have you noticed lately that, while you’re playing your favorite movie or TV series, the quality of streaming decreases? Or how about when you’re watching YouTube and videos take long to load? You may have noticed the same situation when streaming music or having a videoconference at work.

These slowdowns are due to the longer periods of time that people and families are spending at home, connected to the same internet service to carry out their daily activities. It’s a phenomenon that is leading to the saturation of networks during the pandemic.

One way to improve things is to optimize your connectivity at home. Here are five tips that can help to improve your internet connection during these days:

  1. Define schedules and plan hours

Many of the people working from home are doing so during regular business hours. This creates a lot of traffic on the network, especially if they are doing things that use more data — such as streaming video, business tools or downloading large files.

If somebody at home is streaming video while you’re trying to work, that can be a problem. Knowing what everyone is doing online and setting up a schedule can help avoid slowdowns on your home network.

  1. Keep an eye on data usage

When we stream a video online, a lot of data is used. Especially now, when we have more content available in platforms such as YouTube and Netflix, for example, both services enable users to  adjust the resolution and quality of their videos; lower quality playback will help to decrease the online saturation and help the global network to operate in optimal conditions for all users worldwide. Additionally, instead of displaying on a big screen, consumers can use smaller devices that use less bandwidth and data.

Take a look at this blog article for more about what activities use the most data.

  1. Find the right service for working from home

If you work from home, the speed of the signal that reaches your smartphone will probably not be enough, so a residential service like Viasat’s can work better for you, especially if other people are going to be connected at all times. Pay special attention to this tip if you don’t live in an area where traditional cable or fiber is adequately served.

  1. Devices need to take a break, as well as you

With more and more devices being connected to your same home network, connections can get slower and more deficient. Connectivity can be improved when fewer devices are connected to the same network.

Also, it may be a good idea to take a break from technology, smartphones, tablets or any other device. Social distancing urges us to move somehow as we spend longer periods of time physically inactive. Take the opportunity to exercise, meditate or learn to cook your favorite food.

Although the health emergency has led to a change in our lifestyle, this period may be more bearable if we optimize our habits, especially those related to connectivity now that the internet demand has increased worldwide.