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Getting more out of your home office setup

At Comms Intelligence we specialise in offering advice and IT support for business owners. Today we’re going to let you in on a few tips and tricks we’ve picked up, so you can start optimising your home office – it’s the best way to make sure your business is ready for the year ahead!

The perfect PC set-up

The first thing you want to do is make sure your office workspace is set up correctly, and for that you may want to add a few things. Whatever your business needs, we can’t recommend a dual-monitor set-up highly enough. An extra screen will give you more flexibility and space, so you can keep an eye on your emails or your social media while you get on with other things. Studies suggest an extra monitor can increase productivity by up to 50%, so there’s no excuse not to invest in one!

If you usually use a laptop, don’t forget to pick up a wired mouse, too; they’re far more comfortable than a trackpad if you’re working for long periods of time.

Set your router up correctly

Most household routers are set up according to factory default, and while that’s usually fine, there are still a few tricks you can apply to get a better signal throughout the house – so your workflow isn’t interrupted by slow loading or disconnections. There’s a great guide here to tinkering with your router settings, but here are the points we really recommend:

  • Change the channel your WiFi broadcasts on. A channel is a bit like a radio frequency, and most frequencies overlap slightly. The ones with the least traffic are 1, 6 and 13, so switch to one of these and you should see a more reliable connection.

  • Set up Quality of Service to manage the bandwidth distribution in your home. If you’re sharing your internet connection with partners, housemates or kids, your internet can soon find itself slowing to a halt. However the tech-inclined can install something called Quality of Service, which allows you to assign each user a percentage of the bandwidth – preventing one person from hogging the connection.

If you are having problems with your connection and you’d rather somebody else took a look at it for you, contact our team and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Store everything in the cloud

Cloud computing is a business owner’s best friend: No longer do you need to worry about losing everything if your PC is damaged or your hard drive corrupted. Now with programs like Office 365, Google Drive and Dropbox, you can store everything online. We specialise in getting this set up for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help.

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