Remote Work Hawaii - Programs and Logistics
The 2020 pandemic has opened the door for hybrid work models and made remote work popular. Many people didn't just go in the countryside, a few miles out of the city. Or say to the next state. Some chose to work remotely from Hawaii, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Remote work from Hawaii has its perks: mainly the amazing scenery and being able to quickly switch from business mode to pleasure mode. But it's not all peachy over there. The costs associated to living in Hawaii are higher than in most states in the contiguous US. And then there's the Internet in Hawaii - internet services are accessible, both in terms of availability and affordability. Still, there exists a digital divide between Hawaiians who have access to high-speed, low-priced internet and those for whom such technological services are still out of reach.
When you work remotely from Hawaii, the Internet is what makes and breaks your productivity. This article will share how you can avoid any kind of Internet issues as a remote worker in Hawaii.
Causes for Slow and Unreliable Internet Connectivity in Hawaii
As with any other situation, if you're experiencing a slow and unreliable Internet, it's either your ISP or you. To rule out the ISP causes, check out the service status page for scheduled maintenance work or reported outages. These include Hawaiian Telecom, Xfinity, AT&T and others.
If you didn't find any reported outages for your ISP in Hawaii but your Internet is slow and unreliable (make sure to test the speed, to see exactly how slow it is!), here are some other causes:
- your Internet plan delivers according to the contract. It may be time to upgrade it to higher speeds.
- your ISP is throttling your connection or you have consumed the high speed traffic included in your plan.
- there's a problem on your side, with the modem / router / other networking equipment. Or you're in a poor signal area.
Remote Work Hawaii - Troubleshooting Slow and Unstable Internet Connections
First - follow your ISP's recommended steps in troubleshooting your Internet issues. You may need to contact them as well. Also feel free to check out this extensive troubleshooting guide for slow and unreliable connectivity.
The main things you should try are:
- restart the modem / router you're connecting to, as well as the device itself - laptop, computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.
- get closer to the Wi-Fi router or move it to a central location in your home.
- use a wired Ethernet connection where possible.
- use a Wi-Fi repeater to get coverage all around your home.
- use all available Internet connections at the same time by creating a "super-pipe". Combine Wi-Fi, tethered smartphone (cellular) and wired Ethernet - you'll need a channel bonding solution like Speedify for that.
Speedify - Essential Connectivity for Remote Work in Hawaii
Hawaii has become very friendly to remote workers, according to this article on WSJ. They have several programs that offer free stuff to remote workers who commit to various stuff - staying at least a number of months, participating in volunteer activities, etc.
But, as the same article notes, reliable Wi-Fi is something of a rare find around the islands. Some areas of Hawaii, especially rural regions, lack robust broadband or cellular infrastructure. That's why remote workers in Hawaii need a solution for fast and reliable connectivity.
Speedify is the only app that can combine multiple internet sources into one bonded super-connection for more stable and secure live streaming, video calling, and web browsing. As long as you're connected to more than one ISP, chances are you will not get disconnected completely from the Internet, thanks to Speedify's automatic failover protection.
Creating an Internet "super-pipe" that provides increased speed and reliability in Hawaii is especially important when:
- working remotely - you will stop getting pixelated video or buffering in video conferences, as well as being in touch with your colleagues in real time, not waiting for messages or attachments to go through.
- live streaming - Speedify actually prioritizes live streams over other types of Internet traffic. So your Twitch, YouTube or other streams should be protected.
- online gaming - you will not lose the game because of an Internet glitch or be thrown out of the game because of laggy Internet.
More is better than one - that's why Speedify is the best solution for remote work in Hawaii.