Baby It’s You

Diagnosing and Addressing Remote Working Connectivity Issues

It’s week two of UK lockdown, and many of us are trying to adjust to stringent restrictions coupled with working remotely with pets and children. We’re silently celebrating the first week of being home with the kids. Successfully writing emails and code with a baby bouncing on knee is still a work in progress for me. Practice will hopefully make perfect. In the meantime, any tips others can provide are definitely appreciated!

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Remote connectivity issues can be leave you feeling very alone and frustrated

The Original Wrapper

There are many different remote working configurations adopted by organisations. From dedicated laptops, to remote connections via a personal machine, there are several options provided to the workforce. If you rarely work from home, it is easy for versions of remote tooling to become obsolete. There are definitely security and other implications of not keeping this software up to date. Yet the last thing we think about when browsing our personal laptops at home is updating work related software.

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Newer rather than older software versions can help improve performance

Speed of Sound

This next item may seem obvious. Yet it has several nuances that are worth investigating. It is definitely worth checking your broadband connection. This may be a challenging item depending on the number of people remote working from your home. Those in flatshares may be vying for bandwidth on a low speed connection. Irrespective, it’s worth investigating broadband if you’re struggling to connect.

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It may not need to be top speed, but is your broadband speed and settings supporting your remote working

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Much has been said in numerous articles on the importance of a dedicated workspace. Many posts I have read in recent weeks strongly encourage us to find an isolated space. There are many advantages to a dedicated area for working. These include establishing a physical separation between work and home and encouraging focus on work. Finding such as space is easier said than done

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Many spaces can be adapted to be a dedicated workspace, including dressing tables

Shiny Toys

With the amount of negative information; concerns for friends and family; worries about food, toilet paper, social isolation; and the various other worries buzzing around our heads, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is the newest gadget. Yet an ageing personal laptop could be causing your connectivity issues. The various reasons for why this could be the case are outside the scope of this article.

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Equipment, as well as location, can have an impact on your connection

Join Together

Slow connection issues can be exceptionally frustrating to rectify. Sympathy can be difficult to find. Particularly where things just work for others and not for you. Quite often it is difficult to know where to start. By ruling out your home configuration, it is easy to identify when it’s not you.

Lead software engineer with a strong interest in Agile, UX and Usability. Lover of cooking, tea, photography and gin!

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