A router busy working from home

With so many of us now classified as home workers or SOHO workers, the balance of remote workers to standard office workers seems to be shifting irrevocably. In fact, it seems like the shift is going to be permanent, with many UK firms closing their physical offices altogether. According to some sources, landlords are predicting a decrease in office rental by 40% year on year. Nearly 60% expect their vacant space to increase before the end of this year.

Which is bad news if you’re a landlord. However, if your commute has now reduced from 40 miles of misery, staring at the brake lights of a stationary car in front, to 40 seconds down the hall to your home office, then you’ll probably see things differently.

The one thing you need, above all else, is a fast internet connection. Nearly all business applications rely on the internet. For instance, invoicing and payroll are browser-based, as are all CRM systems.

Having a web-based invoicing platform crash will really ruin your day. Even if it is running slow, the impact on your working day can be far greater than you would think. After all, if you perform a set task 100 times a day, and each time it takes a minute or so to update or react, then that’s an hour and forty minutes sitting watching the infuriating spinning icon!

Not very productive staff member

For business owners, multiplying this across your entire employee count amounts to a substantial amount of time lost, every day.

That’s a lot of staff minutes sitting doing nothing!

As part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to delivering the fastest internet possible, to the most homes possible, many are finding the rollout of ultra-fast fibre reaching them.

“Great!”, a million business owners cry out in relief. “Problem solved!”

However, having the connection is only part of the solution. You also need the equipment at home to make the most of your new speed. That freebie router you got ten years ago just won’t cut it any more (if it did to begin with).

You will need a G.Fast/ VDSL2 FTTC capable router, like the new DrayTek 2766, or 2866.

DrayTek are an award-winning manufacturer of business-grade routers, and it would be one of the ones mentioned above that we would probably recommend.

They both come with advanced Firewalls to give the best protection possible, and are ready-made for home office use, with built-in VPN Tunnels to provide security for your data. They are both also compatible with G.Fast and superfast VDSL2 FTTC, making them fast and future-proof. They are both well-worth considering for SOHO, home worker or satellite office use.

If you want to discuss any aspect of your home or office connection, whether it be the best equipment for your needs, or the fastest connection available at your location, just get in touch.

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