The way we work has been transformed by high speed, reliable internet which certainly leads to web overcrowding. Lead times have fallen, complex procedures have been simplified, and we can work remotely without sacrificing face to face meetings and conferences.
Working online may be convenient and productive. But when users experience connectivity problems, this can have severe negative effects. The current world crisis has seen more people than ever working remotely. There has gone some way to highlight the problems of web overcrowding and internet issues.
Some industries are able to cope with occasional internet downtime. But others are particularly vulnerable. Those industries which require speedy transactions and response times, and where workers rely entirely on being connected.
Teaching Online Seeks the Time Without Disruptions and Web Overcrowding
Even before the lockdown, teaching online was incredibly popular. Many subjects are taught over video calls. Often with multiple shared screens to present textbooks and other teaching materials.
English language tuition is particularly popular. It is especially popular in China and other parts of East Asia. It goes without saying that the primary thing an online teacher needs is a solid internet connection. We all know how frustrating it is when a video call goes pixelated, loses sync, gets delayed, or simply cuts out.
Imagine you were trying to lead a class, or study a subject while paying for the privilege. Most online teachers are booked up most of the day, so endless attempts to reconnect are extremely disruptive.
And now, with many countries not opening schools and universities, strong connections are vital to keeping all the students in the world over learning.
Poor Connection Can Derail an Important Meeting
Due to globalization and the internationalization of businesses, all jobs require online meetings from time to time. Many office jobs are built around conferences, workshops, presentations, and interviews.
While such video conferencing software as Skype and Zoom are pushing the technology to its limits. It also adds great features to help with Powerpoint presentations and multiple participants.
Slow or erratic connection can completely derail an important meeting, taking up valuable time. It also causes frustration for staff and affects overall productivity.
If you have client-facing meetings or presentations, a poor connection can make you look unprepared, unprofessional, and panicked. When the technical problems start so do the cold sweats, you could end up losing your business if your clientele is particularly unforgiving.
According to pcmag.com, to avoid palms sweating and uncertainties, you should od the following:
- first, it is important to find a video conferencing app that will fulfill your needs,
- make sure that smart devices are not hogging your connection,
- always choose the safe option – wired connection.
This way you will minimize the potential issues.
Currency Market Seeks Stable and Fast Connection
Foreign exchange (forex trading) has emerged in recent years. It has appeared as an entry-level opportunity to make money trading on the currency market. All you really need to start is a strong internet connection.
Although having some market know-how and a good nose for business will certainly help.
Forex is time-sensitive, as the market ebbs and flows and currencies rise and fall in value. So your equipment and connection are just as important as your flair for trading. And you’ll need to be at your screen and online to bank a profit when the chance arises.
As emphasized by toponlineforexbrokers.com, you can trade anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection (and a pinch of knowledge). A slow, laggy, or kaput connection will be a thorn in your side. It will really hamper your chances of turning a tidy profit in this most dynamic of businesses.
Online Gaming Requires Strong Connection
Online gaming has become a lucrative money-spinner for those with talent and know-how.
ESports and other big online tournaments are played for enormous cash prizes, and with so much at stake, the last thing a pro gamer needs is an internet outage. A strong connection is vital, with many games being so fast-paced and reliant on low latency at the gamer’s end of the line.
Many online games require pin-point accuracy and great reactions, and when you are competing against other pros time is of the essence. Lag can completely nullify the chances of even the most experienced gamer.
If you are operating from home, it’s worth remembering that most home routers prioritize download speed above all else, which is perfect for streaming videos or downloading music.
But it can cause problems if multiple users are trying to send files for school or work, video conferencing, or simply all accessing the web without web overcrowding at the same time.
You can reconfigure your router to better suit your purposes. You could consider upgrading your broadband package or try changing your settings so that you stream in slightly lower quality. Plugging straight into the router with an ethernet cable could also help.
With so much internet traffic these days, and more people than ever working from home, it is no surprise to see occasional issues with connectivity and overcrowding. Lockdown may be the perfect time to reconfigure your home set up to minimize your problems.
Petr is a serial tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Apro Software, a machine learning company. Whenever he’s not blogging about technology for itechgyan.com or softwarebattle.com, Petr enjoys playing sports and going to the movies. He’s also deeply interested in mediation, Buddhism and biohacking.