Tips to get better quality virtual meetings
Continuing to work from home might sound great, but having to do all your own IT work is becoming a hassle. The last thing you want is to have a technical issue right when it’s time for a video call; there’s no one to help troubleshoot your connection, and it can really get in the way of a productive afternoon. Aside from having ClickAway at your beck and call, make sure everything is right before the call begins. Here’s how to get better quality virtual meetings from home, or wherever you might be working from.
Clear Out the Bandwidth Hogs
One of the downsides of video chats are the pixelated screens and choppy audio that comes with lackluster bandwidth. Make sure the smart devices in your home aren’t hogging the connection to ensure better quality virtual meetings.
If the kids are streaming video games or Disney+, the robot vacuum is mapping your home, or hefty software programs are running on your PC, all that activity could disrupt your video call at an inopportune time.
To start, check your internet speed to know what you’re working with and whether you’re getting what you pay for. Make sure your wifi is password protected so a neighbor isn’t using up your connection’s resources.
Log In Early
Don’t wait for the meeting to start to find out your connection is bad or your software doesn’t work properly; test it before the conference starts. You can do this in Zoom by using the program’s test feature. WebEx also has a Personal Room that can be used for testing.
In Skype, click your profile picture and select Settings > Audio & Video Settings, and there should be a camera preview under the Video section. You can also look for Sound Test Service in your Skype contacts to test audio quality.
Go With a Wired Connection
If Wi-Fi is still giving you trouble, fish out that dusty Ethernet cable for a direct connection, which should hopefully cut down on any potential speed issues or sudden dropouts while video conferencing. If your laptop doesn’t have an Ethernet port, pick up a cheap USB to Ethernetor Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter from ClickAway or Amazon
Don’t rely on your computer’s iffy built-in microphone and speakers. Find yourself a nice Bluetooth headset or even gaming headphones to use when you’re on a call. They connect easily to your computer while also offering comfortable over-ear fits with a strong microphone.
Don’t Forget a Charger
Long conference calls can drain a laptop battery pretty quick. And you don’t want to have to step away from the meeting to find your charger as battery warnings blink on your screen. Make sure your laptop is plugged in and powering up. There are also some portable chargers powerful enough to recharge your laptop in a pinch.
Have a Backup Plan
No matter what program you use, have a backup plan in case something goes awry, whether that’s switching to an audio-only call or throwing in the towel and realizing you’re in a meeting that could’ve been an email. ClickAway makes home office visits as well as provides remote access repair services. Give us a call today.