Work From Home At Top Speed And Stop Device Overloading
Many of us may be facing slowdown issues due to many devices on your network consuming bandwidth, mainly because everyone is at home at this time. According to a survey by Omdia, an average household has 14.7 connected devices. By themselves, these devices will not take up a lot of bandwidth, but collectively they could. Video streaming usually takes about 3 to 4 Mbps. Video meetings can use up 1 to 4 Mbps while our regular web surfing takes about 1 Mbps and online multiplayer gaming can use as much as 20 Mbps!
“If you send a signal to your [Amazon Echo]—say, ‘Alexa, do this’—that device receives the signal and then acts on it, and that’s just a burst of use of that bandwidth,” she adds. “But if you’re streaming security cameras to the cloud all the time, that’s constantly using some of your bandwidth.”
Another thing to know is that internet-connected devices usually use bandwidth in bursts.Besides bandwidth, the lack of security of these devices is also another issue we have to keep in mind. Using a VPN, changing the default password, and enabling two-factor authentication are all highly recommended activities. Other things you could do to keep your and your company’s data safe include updating the firmware on the device and disconnect devices that you don’t want or need.
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