Remote work and school are something that many of us have now experienced due to COVID-19. If you’re working from home, it’s time to make sure you have the best NBN or Fixed Wireless speed for your household.
As daytime internet demands increase, the right plan is crucial to keeping your home running fast without buffering or dropouts. Unfortunately, many providers won’t provide you with the best speed available for you. At NodeOne, we give you the straight-up truth about what your address is capable of, and what is a good speed for your needs.
Here’s everything you need to know about your home internet connection, and what speeds we recommend for remote workers.
Why is my internet at home different to my internet at work?
In Western Australia, many workplaces have high-performance internet designed to handle the number of staff and type of work in that business premises.
With the digital transformation of businesses into the cloud, the ability to work effectively and efficiently from home is a reality – if your provider can offer you the right plan for your needs.
What internet speed is best for me?
The perfect speed for you generally depends on how you use the internet and how many devices are in your household, but when working from home, many people find they have more internet intensive tasks to think about.
Most work from home arrangements require you to be connected to your business via voice or video chat and online files. Delays and dropouts are never ideal, however, when you have multiple devices being used in a single household, can be much more frequent and likely.
Some providers will tell you that the max speeds available at your location in 50 Mbps, and we find that people can struggle to work effectively at home with this limit.
Our NBN Home Fast plan is 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload, allowing you to work without interruption. Currently $99 per month with unlimited data and $0 setup. Check it out here!
Still unsure about what speed you need? Call our expert team on 1300 166 331.
Need a quick internet connection?
Now is the time to check your contract with your internet provider to find out your maximum speed. If you’re struggling on a 50 Mbps connection but they tell you can’t get any faster, reach out to NodeOne and see what we can do. The chances are, you can get faster internet at home.
Our local WA based team is here to help you have the best internet experience. If you decide you want to switch to us, we can change most NBN connections over within a day. It’s a pain-free way to upgrade your home internet today.
Peak times and how these are likely to affect you.
Our peak times are the hours in the day when most households have most of their connections and devices using the internet. We typically see this increased internet activity from 4pm when the kids get home from school to about 10pm when Dad is snoring on the couch watching Netflix. Congestion crowds the network, which slows down the speed and ultimately affects your use of the internet.
We are very likely to see this peak period increase to include business hours as people work from home, resulting in an impact on average daytime speeds.
If you know you are going to be relying on your home internet, it may be worth temporarily investing in a faster plan and larger plan (if you’re not on an unlimited plan) to accommodate the increase of your home internet usage.
Privacy and data.
Check your home broadband connection is safe, as security on home devices and through home internet servers are usually not as secure as those within a business. Your workplace IT service should be able to provide you with additional information and requirements.
How to test your speed at home.
You can test your speed and latency at home by going to https://www.speedtest.net/
How to make sure you are getting the best speed at home.
Quite often issues arise because your router or modem cannot handle the throughput of your internet connection.
By using a better router, you can eliminate most router related issues – we suggest an AmpliFi HD Router. This type of high-performance router will also provide better Wi-Fi connectivity.
How is NodeOne going to manage the extra demand?
The NodeOne network is well-engineered, and we have large capacity links to multiple upstream internet providers, and when combined with content at the edge of our network for services like Netflix, we are well prepared for increased network traffic.