Following the Government’s instructions to stay at home during lockdown, lawyers are juggling the work-life balance of caring for their families and managing professional caseloads. Some legal practices already have systems in place for remote working, giving lawyers and partners the freedom to work remotely.
If you regularly use sophisticated business communication tools and adopt practices to boost your internet speed, you’ll be one step ahead of the game. However, one component of remote working that no-one could have prepared for is the stress that has been put on our broadband networks.
With video communications such as Zoom surging in popularity, it is clear that we’re relying on digital connectivity more than ever. The volume of communications taking place, including accessing homeschooling resources, collaborating with work colleagues or FaceTiming family is putting broadband networks under strain.
As internet providers struggle to keep up with the increased demands, media regulator Ofcom has launched a ‘Stay Connected’ campaign. Follow these tips to boost your internet speed and say goodbye to slow-loading pages and conference call cut-outs.
Password Protect Your Broadband
Your neighbours could reduce the strength of your broadband by inadvertently connecting to it. Avoid this happening by password protecting your wireless router using a unique combination of letters and numbers for maximum security.
Position Your Router Carefully
The location of your router is integral to the strength of connection it will offer. Boost your internet speed by making sure that nothing is in front of your router and keep it away from other connected devices. These include baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, computers and televisions. And ask family members not to turn on the microwave while you’re making a video call as it will impact the quality of the call.
Boost Your Internet Speed By Disabling WiFi
If you have multiple WiFi-enabled devices in your home, including phones and tablets, disabling WiFi on them when not in use will increase your speed. If you manage your household’s streaming habits, you won’t end up with your family members carrying out data-intensive activities while you’re in a business meeting. Get them to download video content early in the morning for the day ahead. And ask them to stay off video games while you’re conducting Skype or video calls.
While WiFi is useful, it’s not the best way to boost your internet speed at home. Ofcom suggests using an Ethernet cable and running it from your laptop or tablet straight into your router to deliver the quickest internet speeds. It should provide you with a more reliable connection. You should also plug your router directly into your main phone socket instead of using an extension cable and use micro-filters to block signal interference.
Updating Your Browser
It’s also sensible to review the internet browser you’re using and check if it needs an update. Not only will this enhance your online security, which is essential for lawyers working with sensitive data, but it will boost your internet speed too.
Carry Out A Broadband Speed Test
If you’ve followed these tips and are still experiencing difficulties, run Ofcom’s official mobile and broadband checker to test the speed of your connection. If you’re unhappy with the speed offered, get in touch with your broadband provider for advice on how to improve it.
Lawyers need to stay connected during these challenging times. They also need to access data quickly and efficiently while remaining compliant with security regulations. If your business is looking for solutions to boost your internet speed and work more effectively from a remote environment, our connectivity team can help. Contact CBSIT today for a FREE connectivity consultation.