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Have an unreliable Wi-Fi connection? Here’s how you can still get work done

Sweta Dash
2nd Aug 2016
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Whether your company works with a remote team or relies on a group of freelancers to get work done, unreliable Wi-Fi issues are a surefire way to derail the progress. Owing to the increasing demand for Wi-Fi, we now have free Wi-Fi available at most public places including railway stations, Ola cabs and even temples!

However, if you are still unfortunately stuck without a stable Wi-Fi connection, follow these tips to complete your work.

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Prevention is better than cure

Plan ahead for different locations based on internet connectivity. This might not seem like the most efficient way to go about it, but remember that prevention is always better than cure. When you book your travel accommodations, be clear about internet connectivity. Ask them about connection speed and whether it is available throughout the day. Check up on the nearest cafes or bookshops that provide internet services to people. In this way, you will be able to plan meetings or work sessions in advance.

Prioritise your work


Prioritise your tasks in such a manner that all internet-heavy tasks are scheduled for a suitable time when you have good internet access. Plan and organise your day accordingly. Evaluate your tasks and see which of them can be completed with a slow connection and which of them require a faster, more reliable one. Try to delegate some of the internet-heavy tasks to your team members who have access to a better connection. Offer to help them out with other work that can be done with slow or no internet.

Be prepared


You need to make a meticulous list of things you need for your project. Download, type out or take a screenshot of the necessary data, so that you can work without Wi-Fi as well. For example, research and keep all statistics and data that you want to use in your presentation in a Word file for reference. You could also try and tweak your browser to adapt to low-speed internet connectivity. This will minimise the waiting time for heavy pages to load.

Power up your phone


Your phone can be of help in case your laptop gives up on the available Wi-Fi connection. Phones can get connected to Wi-Fi more easily. Find places like airports, cafes, bookshops and so on, where you can get free Wi-Fi access on your phone. For all important tasks, consider turning your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, make sure that you carry your phone charger with you at all times.

Fix technical issues


Check details of your internet speed and plan with your service provider. Often, we pay little attention to the internet schemes we opt for and end up paying more for less. Turn off all bandwidth-hogging apps and plugins. Switch off auto-downloads. Such small tweaks can keep unnecessary data consumption at bay. If nothing works, try the old school way of resetting your modem and router.

What are your hacks to deal with times when your Wi-Fi connection gives up on you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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