Much of my time these previous couple of weeks has been spent watching schools and corporations that attempted and sometimes did not pivot to remote work and education.
One of the most important problems has been connectivity. Our infrastructure just wasn’t found out to suddenly shift massive amounts of traffic from companies to homes. Exacerbating this has been cable networks where you’ve got shared capacity because they were built out with the thought that the majority folks wouldn’t be using them at an equivalent time.
VPNs, which remain common (I’m not a fan), don’t help because they have a tendency to require up an excessive amount of dedicated bandwidth.
5G, which has been wrongfully highlighted as a drag during the pandemic (there are way too many people wearing tin foil hats at the moment), could be the sole realistic thanks to affect these issues on a sustained basis.
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We Weren’t Ready for Remote
I worked from home before the pandemic, and you’d have thought that my pivot, which was mostly just the elimination of any travel, would are effortless. I sleep in a resort town where tons of individuals are retired, so again, you’d have thought i might are in fine condition . However, the youngsters had to travel someplace, and there have been enough folks that shifted home that suddenly my bandwidth and network performance became very unreliable.
Loading issues, network failures, and even one huge outage that knocked me out of a critical Zoom meeting showed me that I wasn’t in as great shape as i assumed . Now, since I travel — or did before the pandemic — I even have a 4G WiFi access point, but I quickly discovered that the 4G coverage where I live not only wasn’t great, the device could only handle one PC well. If my wife suddenly wanted to stream a video or use her PC, the result was ugly.
Now, typically, if this were to happen to most folks , it might happen in the dark where we’d miss some streamed TV. But now that we are reception , the outage adversely affected not only our work product but our image; because if you cannot connect, for a few weird reason it seems to reflect on your competence.