Trying to run a business from home is creating a range of challenges for people who are used to running a business from an office, workshop or factory.

Below is a guide for some of the technical information you need to make sure you can host and participate in video calls from home.

 

How Much Bandwidth Do I Need For Calls?

The bandwidth required depends on the type of calls you want to make. Check the following information for the minimum and recommended speeds for best performance.

The table below provides the minimum download and upload speeds required as a guide, as well as the recommended speeds for best performance.

s a general guide if you have 8mbps upload Mbps and 1.5 download Mbps then you speed should be adequate for all types of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Calls.

 

How To Check Your Speed?

There are several available for free online: you can try Ookla speed test, SpeedOf.me and Bandwidth Place. You should also not that your bandwidth will change through the day and is dependent on your local connection and peak times.

The results are two numbers which provide you with your Upload and Download speed in Mbps which stands for Megabit per second. It will look like this:

What Should I Do If I Have A Low Speed?

If you have an important call it would be advisable to check your speed prior to connecting to the call. This way you can ascertain your next steps to ensure you have the best quality.

If your bandwidth is lower than the recommended level you may need to advise your meeting participants and turn off your video, this will lower the level you require to participate in the call. Alternatively, you may need to make a phone call instead of a VOIP  call.

 

Headphones

We often underestimate the importance of headphones on a call, any set will make a difference to the quality of your call. If your bandwidth is enough but your voice is muffled, or you can’t hear as well as you should a good set of headphones may just fix your issue.

Headphones also enable your meeting participants to hear you clearly and without background interruptions.

 

If you would like any more advice on remote meetings and get to get the most out your bandwidth feel free to contact us here.

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