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These three things will make working from home a breeze

Tech expert Avery Swartz shares her tips and tech suggestions.
March 19, 2020 11:06 a.m. EST
March 21, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
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If you're one of the thousands of Canadians working from home, it can be a pretty tough transition. Luckily, there's some tech that can help make it a breeze, and Avery Swartz - who has been working from home for over a decade - has some suggestions we all can use. Check out her suggestions below, and watch the video above for more from Avery.

WI-FI SETUP

The speed of your internet is determined by your Internet Service Provider. Now might be the time to increase your plan based on your needs.If your router is more than five years old, you may need an upgrade. Most newer routers allow for segmenting your network into two, by bandwidth: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The faster bandwidth is better for transmitting files and teleconferencing. Even if your router is new, it's a good idea to go into its settings and update its firmware to make sure it's running optimally.If you need better coverage in your house, or if you have WiFi dead zones, consider setting up a mesh WiFi network. Mesh WiFi (sometimes known as "Whole Home WiFi") is a system with a main router that connects to the modem, and a series of "nodes" placed around your house like boosters.

EXTERNAL MONITOR, KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Laptops are great for on-the-go, but if you're hunkering down for a work from home session, you may want to invest in an external monitor, keyboard and mouse to make your setup more ergonomic and comfortable.

WEBCAM AND HEADSET

If your work from home setup requires a number of video or phone conference calls, invest in a proper webcam (if your computer doesn't have one built-in). Also consider getting a proper headset for comfort and quality.[video_embed id='1924819']BEFORE YOU GO:How to combat anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic[/video_embed]