Kerry Butters from BroadbandGenie.co.uk analyses the data from their recent public Wi-Fi test and offers some top tips for making the transition to working remotely on local hotspots.
Whether you’re a freelancer or working for a business that needs you to go that extra mile, more and more often we are being asked to work outside of the office. That’s not a problem for some, there are more than enough pubs and coffee shops where you can set up your laptop and get cracking. But the constant demand to be online can sometimes leave you scrabbling for a connection when you should be working.
There are dongles available from telecoms companies that will connect you to the Internet for a price, but lots of us don’t want the additional hassle (or price tag) that come with them. It has been suggested however, that with so many free and public Wi-Fi networks available to us these days, it is actually possible to work entirely off those.
Several broadband providers already offer their customers free access to public Wi-Fi hot spots. There are even some providers that make hotspots available to everyone for free, as long as they register with them beforehand. Broadband Genie recently sampled some of the services on offer and found that you can certainly make the argument for working on public Wi-Fi. We would, however, suggest that, if you want a pain free transition, you keep some of these things in mind.
This can be done by altering your firewall settings in antivirus software and/or Windows and ensuring that any sensitive data that’s stored on your machine is encrypted. Check out these four tips from Microsoft for more information.
Overall we would say that the future’s bright for remote workers looking to take advantage of their local coffee shop’s workspace and Wi-Fi. And with providers looking to spread their influence outside of the cities, it’s only going to get better.