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Question: I am working from home and my kids are having home school for the foreseeable future. I want to make sure my internet connection is up to the task, do you have any suggestions?

With the crazy times we are living in, everyone needs internet access. It is important to optimize the performance of your home network. Here are a few tips.

1. Check Your Plan
For starters, check your internet plan. What speed of service do you subscribe to? Is it enough to meet any new demands? Here is a chart from the FCC that should help you select the correct plan from your internet service provider.  
Basic Service = 3 to 8 Mbps*
Medium Service = 12 to 25 Mbps
Advanced Service = More than 25 Mbps

*Mbps (Megabits per second) is the standard measure of broadband speed. It refers to the speed with which information packets are downloaded from, or uploaded to, the internet. 

2. Test Your Speed
On speed test websites, such as , you can check your current broadband download and upload speeds, measured in Mbps (megabits per second).
If your speeds are slower than expected, you should contact your Internet service provider to find out if they offer troubleshooting tips.

3. In-Home Connectivity
The majority of households with home Internet service use Wi-Fi (wireless) service. When multiple wireless devices are using the same Wi-Fi network, it can impact performance and create slower responses.
An ethernet cable connection between your router and a device that accesses the Internet—such as a cord connecting your laptop and router—will provide the highest speeds and alleviate Wi-Fi congestion issues. 

4. Other Internet Options
If you have a good cellular signal in your home, another way to alleviate home Wi-Fi network congestion is to disconnect your cellular devices from your Wi-Fi network. You can use your cellular device as a mobile hotspot, through which you can connect non-cellular devices like a laptop to your cellular service. However, before switching any of your devices to cellular-only service, check your cellular data plan to make sure you won’t go over any data caps and incur overage charges. 

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Until next time,
Dr G

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