TECH companies around the world have taken measures to help ease demand on Internet infrastructure following increased online activity as a result of Covid19.
Many people have decided to stay or work from home.
YouTube has defaulted to SD in Europe- while Facebook is temporarily reducing bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram in certain regions.
According to Ofcom, the United Kingdom regulator, these are some things users can do to get a faster internet at home:
- Don’t use the microwave when you’re making video calls. Microwave ovens can also reduce Wi-Fi signals
- Position your internet router as far as possible from other devices that may interfere with the signal, such as on a table or shelf rather than the floor
- Keep your router switched on
- If you’re carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection
- Try starting those calls at less common times, rather than on the hour or half hour
- For the best broadband speeds, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your router rather than using wi-fi
- Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed.
- Devices that can interfere with router signals include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors.
- Make calls on a landline where possible.
Another solution is also to disconnect devices that are not in use for they tend to slower the speed. For example, devices such as tablets and smartphones often work in the background chewing a lot of data and slowing down the internet.