TECH BYTE: Tech to Help You Work From Home

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Is working from home getting to be more work than it should be?

Your devices, or WiFi connection could be to blame.

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Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says to get a good WiFi connection, you don’t necessarily need a new router. It just depends how old it is.

“Once a router hits that three, four, five-year mark, it’s really outdated at that point, and that could be making a big impact on your speed, which impacts the overall user experience,” Roach said.

Roach says to make sure to test the speed of your WiFi to confirm you’re getting what you’re paying for.

“There’s different sites you can go to to actually verify your WiFi speed in the house,” he said. “If you have antennas on your WiFi, you want to make sure that they’re actually screwed down all the way, and in an upright position. That can help. And then believe it or not, a lot of people don’t realize, but routers have firmware updates, and different things that you can do on them also. So those are all things you can check before you make the decision to actually invest in a new networking product.”

Make sure your laptop or desktop computer is also updated. That can include updates on your computer’s firmware or operating system.

“Your home experience can only be as good as your weakest link, so if you have a great router, but an older, slower desktop, you’re probably going to have slow speeds while you’re working.”

Sometimes going to a bigger monitor, or even a TV, can help you view your desktop or laptop better.

“A lot of people are actually going to a bigger monitor or TV, which allows them to have really whatever size they would want for their work from home setup,” Roach said. “A lot of people are even mounting TVs on walls, and then they can even basically look at a 65 inch monitor for their laptop or desktop, which is another cool way that they can do that.”

A bigger screen can also come in handy if you’re on a Zoom conference call. It makes it easier to see who you’re talking to.

Roach says Best Buy can help if you have any questions about your current home office setup.

They can send an agent to your home, or even do a virtual consultation.

Just call your local store to see what’s available.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’