Slow internet ruining your work from home experience? Here is the solution!

Isn’t remote work from home wonderful? No soul-crushing commute, no managers hanging over your shoulder, and no one stealing your lunch from the office fridge! But remote work from home does come with challenges. As more and more of us are working from home, it also means that a home’s wifi network is more important than ever.

Unreliable home broadband connectivity is the primary technical challenge that businesses are having to deal with as remote working continues. A survey conducted by Waveform revealed that 15.5% of its respondents are facing daily internet connectivity issues working from home. Let’s take a look at how weak internet connections impact work from home experiences for remote workers.

Filters and frozen screens

Tools like Zoom, Google Meet, MS Teams, and others have definitely made it easy for everyone to connect online with their colleagues, boss’ and clients. What’s more, is that each of these video calling software lets you use its own set of backgrounds and filters to modify your face or your background.

Microsoft teams Filter stuck due to no internet

And if you are not careful enough, you could turn yourself into a potato or a banana during the call! One such experience was shared when a boss unintentionally switched to the potato filter in MS Teams during an important meeting. With a frozen internet and a feeble attempt to change the filter, the boss stayed frozen as a potato throughout the meeting while the other participants shared a great laugh!

Tangled-up conferences.

Large and small businesses today are adopting a new work culture with employees across the globe and across the country. They make the most of video calling software to stay connected and keep up with company updates. But there could be a possibility where not everyone has a stronger internet connection. And that can cause mayhem amongst the meeting participants. The delivery of speech might reach the intended receiver a few seconds later and can also lead to moments of awkward silences while the attendees are careful not to speak over one another.

Such an experience was relatable shared by a Twitter user, and he truly expresses it in his post! There’s no better way to put this together.

Tweet by Kaleb Coleman

Frustrated musicians and weak internet

Let’s not forget that musicians are working from home too! The pandemic has indeed affected the music and performing arts industry acutely. But musicians and other artists are reaching out with a wave of online streaming performances. Live streaming social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, as well as video calling platforms like Zoom, allow musicians to play together.

Keeping with the tempo is truly what makes music come to life, but if a single instrument goes offbeat, it can ruin the experience for listeners as well as other instrumentalists. What’s worse is as a singer’s voice reaches the other singer’s speakers, there is already a half-second delay. Then they try to sing along (with their already delayed voice) and what the audience hears is even further behind! It is a vicious cycle of tempo dragging, and the result is a train wreck!

Keeping up with work from home

The internet’s infrastructure is being strained like never before. It is always rush hour because of the sheer amount of traffic. Ookla’s data shows a continuing “degradation in monthly speed for fixed broadband at a global level.” The decline began in March as the pandemic took root, and data shows that this trend is continuing.

Slow internet access is an issue for people who are working from home. It is also a worry for young kids and students alike who are attending online classes. You can easily boost your home wifi with Sif. Sif devices are specially created and designed to provide remote workers strong internet connections even in dead zones. Whether you use MS Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, or any other tool, Sif can do it for you!

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