How to boost your internet connection at home

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A high quality internet connection is essential when teleworking.

With self-isolation taking place in many places around the world, these circumstances have highlighted more than ever the need for a reliable and, if possible, fast internet connection, whether for work or leisure.

The French Electronic Communications and Press Distribution Authority (Arcep) has offered some basic advice on how to boost your internet connection in these exceptional times.

Optimise your wireless connection

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To get the best from your Wi-Fi connection, you should ensure that your router occupies a central position in your home, in a clear area and away from other wireless equipment.

As a general rule, the more recent the router the better, and in particular you should opt for 5 GHz rather than a 2.4 GHz frequency configuration.

Choose a wired solution

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More often than not, the fastest solution for working from home is to wire your computer directly to your router using an Ethernet cable. Unlike Wi-Fi, this type of connection allows you to take advantage of all of the bandwidth available to your home.

Switch to 4G

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If for some reason, your domestic connection is too slow, you can use a 4G smartphone as a router. To this end, you should connect your smartphone to your computer, and choose the “share connection” option in the phone settings.

However, don’t forget to take into account the amount of internet use allowed by your mobile phone package so as not to exceed your authorised limit, which is in most cases between 20GB and 100GB.

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