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
- 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