Keeping yourself connected: 5 ways of surviving the rural bubble

February 4, 2021

Whether you’re a business owner operating in a small village or an employee working from home in rural areas – be aware of how to optimise your internet to keep your productivity high so you don’t fall into the snake pit of poor connections.

1. Know where your router would be best

While this may require you to move your router somewhere new or reorganising some other rooms: this can have such an impact on your internet speed and reliability.

Placing your router near other electrical devices such as TVs, microwaves and home phones will interfere with the connection. Giving the router space away from walls and obstacles also helps, if your router is stuck inside a cupboard, that definitely isn’t helping.

2. Wired over wireless

If you aren’t using a high-powered wireless provider such as SWIC, it is easy to say a wired connection to your router could make a big difference. This relates to our number one, make sure your modem is where you use the internet the most for Ethernet options.

Whether that’s the living room for Netflix and gaming or the home office for the Zoom calls, it’ll be faster and have deeper reliability through the cable.

3. Know your limits

While it can be practically impossible to clear everyone in the family off the internet or get colleagues to disconnect from a busy network, rural connections can only handle so much.

Ask people to stop their downloads, stop streaming in higher qualities or only use one device at once. Bandwidth is like gold dust and you need to remember to stake your claim.

4. When in bad spot, use your hotspot

The secret weapon, the last resort, the silver bullet. If you’re in one the lucky areas where your mobile phone can get decent data; remember that when your Wi-Fi goes down, you can use a hotspot to keep those emails going.

5. Speak to us

Look, while it’s obvious we think we can solve your problem. It’s true. Unlike the big providers who may already be supplying you, we won’t use your destination as an excuse to not provide excellent speeds and reliability.

Read more about our industry-leading connectivity solutions or contact SWIC to find out more.

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