For many, working from home has become the “new normal”. Zoom Meetings, VPNs, remote PC services, all of these have become part of our office lingo, and our day to day tools for getting the job done. Working remotely does present some challenges and considerations that we take for granted when back at the office. One of those is internet connection speed. Knowing what type of connection your employees have is going to go a long way in determining how well they are going to be able to work remotely.
Internet Connection Types
Fiber optic service is the fastest internet connection service out there. If your employees have this type, they are going to be able to work relatively problem free. Online meetings, connections to remote PCs should work with ease.
Cable internet is another type of broadband service that uses the same type of line as your cable TV. Unlike fiber optic, cable broadband speeds can be affected by the number of users in your area that are on at the same time as yourself. An example of this would be that you pay for a 50Mbps download service, but you are only getting half of that at certain times. With slower internet speeds, your employees may notice some delays connecting to remote computers or file servers, but overall should be fine.
In the East Texas area, we have come in contact with many users that are using DSL for their connection. DSL is an older technology and is significantly slower than fiber or cable internet service. This type of service travels over telephone lines, and there is a limit on how fast data can travel. If your workers are using DSL, they may complain of very slow connections to VPN services, or through remote PC software. Video conferencing will be significantly affected.
Other Internet Connection Technologies
There are other services for people in more rural areas, such as satellite and fixed wireless internet. Employees trying to connect to the office over these types of lines will experience significant delays, or may not be able to connect at all.
Let Us Be Your Guide
Now that you know how these different technologies can affect your remote workforce, you likely have additional questions. Absolute Technology Solutions is here to help guide you to the right solution. Give us a call today.
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