While working from home, you may have noticed some things about your internet connectivity. It may even bother you so much that you’ve become curious to how you can improve it. Here are some things to consider:
- Security – password
- The Upload and Download Speed
- Signal Strength
Before we begin any improvement discussion, it may seem odd to begin with security. We want to make sure attackers don’t impact the administration of your router or your home network.
Security: Change the default password
Your router is sent from your ISP with a “default” username/password. This information is usually labeled on the router, but this can also be easily looked up by googling “default router password for <Your Internet Provider Here>”. Hackers rely on this unintended slip in securing your home network. For this reason, we always recommend changing the default administrator password to something unique. Instructions can be found online or contact your internet service provider for help.
Upload and download speed
If you’re a family of 4, each with 3 or more devices connected to WiFi your bandwidth could be impacted. So, the question to ask yourself is “Am I getting the needed upload and download speed?” First, let’s define them.
The upload speed refers to how many megabits of data per second of information you can send to another device or server on the internet. This impacts how well you can send big files via email or use video-chat (since you send your video feed to them). Download speed refers to how many megabits of data per second it takes to download data from a server in the form of images, videos, text, and more. Activities such as streaming music and movies or downloading large files all require you to download data. Are you curious about what your internet speed is, speedtest.net
will give you the answer?
So, what are the right upload and download speed for you? It depends on so many factors (i.e. number of connected devices in your home, your use of the internet). Here is a suggestion in a chart from TomsGuide.com