Zoom calls you can count on with Proper Access

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Sean O’Brien, Founder of Proper Access

By Sean O’Brien

With parents working from home, kids attending classes online, simultaneous Zoom calls, and everyone streaming videos on multiple devices at once, it’s easy to see how a home WiFi signal can become overwhelmed—resulting in buffering, frozen frames, and signal dead spots.

While we’re all tempted to blame Spectrum or another ISP (Internet Service Provider), it’s probably not their fault. That’s because the problem is not your bandwidth.

It’s your network.

These days, families are asking their simple consumer-grade networks to handle the volume of a small business, and it just can’t. The answer is to do what so many homeowners are now doing—upgrade to a commercial-grade network at home.

Many of our clients have tried boosting their WiFi signal with mesh extenders only to discover that the scheme doesn’t work and they’re out several hundred dollars. Instead, a proper home network requires three things:

• an advanced security gateway after your modem to improve speed and prevent hacking and identity theft
• a smart switch that acts as a traffic cop to keep all of your devices running smoothly
• and wired WiFi access points throughout your home and property to maintain a strong signal wherever you want to be

Whether you are using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Skype, Google Meet, or GoToMeeting, this three-pronged system will allow you to experience uninterrupted online meetings (and video streaming) without the stress of wondering when your screen will freeze—or wondering when your kids will come into the room shouting, “Mom, the internet is down again!”

Sean O’Brien is the founder of Proper Access and a former U.S. Army, non-commissioned communications officer. His firm is located at 8584 Washington Street in Chagrin Falls. For more information or to schedule a site visit, call 440-462-1303, or reach out to CMO Matt Stevenhagen on his cell at 330-618-7756. The website is ProperAccess.com.

The Proper Access solution is typically appropriate for homes 3,000 sq. ft. and up.