When you are in your office, you want to be able to communicate with your clients and customers. If you have a bad connection, either phone or Internet, it can take away from your professionalism and it can cause you to lose business. That is why you want to be sure that any connections and communication that you have are as strong as possible. What are some of the ways that you can boost your in office signal?
Your Cell Phone
Many people do not even have a landline phone anymore, but depending upon where your office is located and where the closest cell phone towers are, you may have problems with connections and/or dropped calls. You definitely do not want this to happen when you are talking to a prospective client or customer, because it can leave them with a bad taste in their mouth as far as your professionalism. Here are some things you can do to boost your cell phone signal.
- Try to keep your battery charged to two bars or higher. Often, your battery can be strong enough to make a call, but not strong enough to find a signal. Keeping your phone charged can help this process.
- Try moving to a window or outside area. This is especially true if you are down in a basement. Cellular band radio waves cannot penetrate earth, so if you are underground, you may need to change your office location, so that you will not have connection issues.
- Purchase a cellular phone network extender. This device is an amplifier/repeater for your phone that works through smart technology to extend the reception of your cell phone. Easy to use and requires no installation.
- Install a cellular repeater. A cellular repeater can pick up a low cell signal with an antenna and then boost the signal and send it to the coverage area. They can substantially improve cell phone reception, as well as battery life and data download speeds.
Your Internet Signal
The Internet is something that most all people who work from home are dependent on to get their work done. If that connection is not strong or goes in and out, it can be extremely frustrating and it can make it difficult to get your work done. Wi-Fi is the most common way to get your Internet signal, although some prefer to be connected directly to the Internet. A direct connection is one way to have a steady signal, but if you prefer Wi-Fi, here are a few tips for you to boost your signal.
- Change the location of your router. This can make a big difference if the signal is being interfered with other signals or with brick or plaster walls, etc.
- Upgrade your router’s antenna. This is how your computer gets the Internet signal and a more powerful antenna can be your answer to boosting the signal to allow you to have a strong Internet connection.
- Consider an additional router. If your office is in an out of the way place that just does not get good reception or you are a long way away from the router, adding another access point (AP) router to your office can be a great way for you to get the Internet signal you need to be professional and successful.
- Add a signal repeater or amplifier. These devices can help to boost your signal to ensure that you are able to have strong and steady Internet access.
When you set up your home office, you want to think about the reception that you will be able to get in the area you have chosen. Cell phone and internet reception can make or break the communication aspect of your business, so you want to do everything possible to boost the signals if you are having issues with dropping calls, spotty Internet, or other problems. Communication is key when you work from home, so be sure that your communication is professional and dependable.