Tips for Working From Home: Prevent the #1 Cause of Home Internet Failures

Sep 30, 2021 | Uncategorized

As many of us work from home for the first time, the stability of our internet connections has become more important than ever. Many internet failures actually have nothing to do with your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Sometimes internet outages occur when brief power outages cause your router and wifi to reboot, which can take 5 minutes or more.

But we have good news – you don’t have to experience the frustration of waiting on your router to reboot ever again! Your microwave clock may be flashing, but your video call will be going strong!

Going Dark

You’re in the middle of a webconference, which – after an hour of discussion – has finally reached the decision-making phase. All of a sudden, the world seems to pause, and the words “no internet connection” appear on your screen. How did this happen?

You are watching the progress bar as you upload a large file just before a deadline, and then it just. . . stops. Five minutes go by and still no movement. You jump when the screen changes – “Upload failed.” How did this happen?

As you go to prepare for a day full of important meetings, you realize your router was hit by a power surge during the previous night’s storm. Now, your morning will have to start at the electronics store before anything else can be accomplished. How did this happen?

No matter how strong the wifi is, how close we sit to the router, or how recently we bought a new DSL modem, sometimes the internet connection just drops. We want to make sure when you’re working from home you have uninterrupted internet connectivity, and we know just how to make that happen.

Saving the Day

So what can you do to make sure you don’t get zapped, or lose connection with your router? Getting an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your modem and router will work as a battery backup to power your modem during power outages, and also acts as a surge protector to keep your device safe from any voltage spikes. Never again will you have to wait a whole five minutes for your router to reboot!

Depending on the reliability of your power, there are different UPSes available:

  • Standby – efficient and not as costly
  • Line-interactive – best suited for light surges
  • Online/double-conversion – highest reliability and more costly

All of these options can be found through online retailers, with different power capacities to fit your needs.

Extending the Benefits

This battery backup can do more than help you knock out eight hours of work in, well, eight hours. These devices work around the clock to make sure you see the finale of your favorite show, check in on all your loved ones, and make sure your home security system is online to circumvent any security risks. Don’t stop at home support, get a battery backup for the office too! It’s one more way you can claim credit for saving the day.

Here at Sawyer Solutions, we’re in the business of reliable technology, and we want to make sure no one is left “in the dark.” We want you to be confident that your information and technology is secure. Uninterruptible power supplies are just one more tool to staying connected, because in times like these – you don’t want to miss a thing.

Now that we think about it, moving your microwave in the closet where you keep your router may prevent you from having to reset the clock after all!