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My Four Tips for Working with Limited Network Bandwidth

By Marko Sillanpaa | April 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Shelter-in-place brings together work from home, home
schooling, and binging watching at the same time. It can really put a stress on
your network. On the first day of having everyone home, I had work meetings, my
daughter and her friend were in different eLearning sessions, and a preschooler
wanted to watch Frozen 2. We pushed the network to its breaking point. Luckily,
I was the only one not to have a network issue. Here’s some tips I’ve been
using for years.

  • Prioritize Traffic – Most home networks
    are preconfigured to give the maximum bandwidth to streaming and on-line
    gaming. Many home routers will let you set priority for devices on the network.
    If so, prioritize your work or educational devices to have the most bandwidth.
  • Skip Video in Web Meetings – When
    possible, don’t share video. The etiquette I use is if my client turns on their
    video, I will turn on mine. But at first signs of network issues I turn off my
    video.
  • Decrease Video Quality – Lower the video
    quality of streaming services. It may be best to leave high definition video
    for later in the evening. Another alternative is to download movies and series
    during off-hours to watch during peak network demands. Frozen 2 was running in
    a loop all day.
  • Create a Schedule – The last alternative
    may be to come up with a network bandwidth schedule. It may seem archaic but break
    out a note pad and block off time. It also lets you get involved. My daughter’s
    class live streams once a day. By not taking call during that time, I get to
    see her interact with her teacher and fellow students. It’s a great treat for
    the day.

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