We continue extolling the virtues of quality, even if J.D. Power fails to award us for the effort. Many people lucky enough to remain employed now work online. You may spend your days in Zoom conferences and Skype meetings. I remain amazed at how many PBS reporters look and sound terrible when reporting from home. Here’s a primer on how to look and sound your best online.
Upgrade to the fastest broadband internet connection you can afford. The more bandwidth, the better everything works. Nearly all internet service providers now offer 100 mbps for a reasonable cost, and many offer 1 gbps (1 gig) for a bit more. Go for it.
There’s no use paying for a super-fast internet connection if you use WiFi to connect your computer. Whenever possible, plug directly into your router using its ethernet port(s). That delivers the full benefit of fast broadband. If you lack an ethernet jack in the room where you work, install one. There are installers who don gloves, masks and Tyvek suits who will come to your home. Fees vary depending upon the layout and construction of your home, but installation costs generally range from $100-$300. A hardwired internet connection not only justifies the expense in speed and quality, but also privacy. Even with an encrypted WiFi signal, hackers can eavesdrop. Whether you’re Skyping with the kids or grandparents, or performing mission critical work for your employer, increase security with a hardwired ethernet connection.