Is There a Problem with Zoom Today? Or Is It My Internet?
Did you get here as you’re using Zoom meetings while working from home because of the new Coronavirus – Covid-19? Congrats – you’re in the right place to find out how you can solve the Zoom issues you’re seeing today!
These days, you are also a Teacher and Chef along with working full time from home for the first time ever. A reliable Internet connection is paramount when you work remotely. Think about it – all the work moves online, including meetings. Those are the most sensitive ones when it comes to Internet connectivity. Even a tiny disruption of service will disconnect you from the Zoom video conference and discussion. Then, you’ll lose the flow and will be more concerned in filling in the gaps rather than focusing on what’s being discussed, etc.
You think this will not happen to you? Just do a search on “<your ISP> + disconnects” (e.g. Xfinity disconnects) or “Internet disconnecting in <city>”. See what I mean? Zoom services work best on top of a reliable and fast Internet connection. So how to get that? Don’t worry – we are here to help you balance our new norm.
Why Is Zoom Having Issues Today?
When you’re using Zoom, you need a fast and stable Internet for best results. Unfortunately, things can go wrong when you’re least expecting:
- your home ISP can do maintenance work, so the Internet might be very slow, if not disconnect altogether.
- your Wi-Fi router and/or modem can have temporary issues.
- if you’re using mobile data Internet, there might be an issue with the cell tower. Or you might have gone over your data plan for 4G / 5G speeds.
- Zoom can have its own service issues.
Except for the case when Zoom is down, it’s frustrating that most of us can’t trust our Internet connection while working from home. Unless we fix this…
How to Get Reliable and Fast Internet when Using Zoom Meetings
First, let’s eliminate the possibility of a Zoom outage – check out their service status page.
Now, if that’s all OK, you might think that restarting your Wi-Fi router / modem could help. It can, but for how long? Calling your ISP could also help in reporting an issue, but how long will it take them to fix the problem? And can they guarantee that it won’t happen again?
Solution 1: Get a dedicated (business) plan from your ISP. Of course, if you have the budget and your ISP can offer that. But that can be costly and you’d still be dependent on one Internet service provider.
Solution 2: Get an extra Internet connection from a different ISP. Preferably from a different source type, meaning that if you already have cable Internet, try to get a cellular plan. Or if you have satellite Internet, at least go for DSL. Oh, and you have to think about a fast solution to switch between these connection, should one of them fail. Otherwise, you’ll still be disconnected from those video conferences…
Solution 3: Use Speedify bonding VPN – it really works. The special thing about Speedify is that it can combine two or more Internet connections together at the same time. So, regardless of what happens, as long as one of those connections is up and running, you’ll be online.
Are You on Zoom Today, Working from Home? So is Everyone Else. Solve Connectivity Issues Before They Are a Bigger Issue
Upon seeing what Speedify does you may be thinking: “Oh, look… yet another load balancing software…”. And you’d be wrong! Speedify does much more than load balancing: channel bonding. It can use all the connections at the same time. And will intelligently reroute traffic to the working connection(s) before any of them stop working. You won’t even know something happened – your video calls and streaming will go on uninterrupted.
What about data security while working from home? When working remote, data security is very important, as you’re accessing company data. You wouldn’t want that to fall into the hands of the competition. The best part with Speedify being a bonding VPN is it also encrypts traffic going in and out of your device. Your sensitive company data will be safe from hackers and cyber criminals.
So, with no false modesty, Speedify is an essential element for smooth Zoom meetings. It’s available for individual use on up to 5 devices on all major platforms (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux). But there’s also Speedify for Teams, with more add-ons, such as dedicated servers.