In the modern world, we are constantly connected, thanks to the internet. So, it can be incredibly frustrating when you find yourself with a slow internet connection, trying to join a virtual meeting. We’re sure you’ve found yourself in one of these situations. Whether it be a case of a frozen webcam (can be quite unflattering), a lag in audio or just straight up not being able to join the meeting, we’re here to offer you some tips on joining a virtual meeting with slow internet connection.
Make the most of dial-in audio
If for the life of you, you can’t join a virtual meeting using your computer audio then you can always opt for dial-in PSTN audio. Often more reliable, especially with PGiConnect®, boasting 99.99% up-time, dial-in audio can save you when your internet connection is playing up.
Turn off your webcam
This one’s easy. A simple fix if your internet connection is wreaking havoc is to turn off your webcam. Sure, people won’t be able to see you but what’s worse? A constant frozen face with inaudible audio or no face with clear audio. This will improve your bandwidth and ultimately result in a smoother virtual meeting experience for everyone involved.
Hotspot your phone
If broadband is letting you down, then you can always turn to your mobile phone. Sometimes your phones 4G/5G internet connection can be quicker than your broadband. For a quick guide on how to hotspot form your mobile phone, PC Mag have you covered.
Not speaking? Mute your mic
Even audio only can take up precious bandwidth when you’ve got a slow internet connection. Common virtual meeting courtesy says that you should mute your mic when you’re not speaking anyway, and it improves your internet connection as well, so it’s a win win in our books.
Close unnecessary tabs
We’ve all met that one person who hordes tabs. Well, if you’ve got a slow internet connection, you’ll want to close as many of these tabs as you can. Each web page you have open is taking a little bit of bandwidth away, that could be going to your virtual meeting experience. So, ensure that your virtual meeting tab is the only one open.
Close unnecessary apps
Just like your browser tabs, any apps you have running in the background will be using up bandwidth. So, we recommend closing apps that you’re not using or aren’t related to your virtual meeting experience. This should result in better connectivity.
Check your internet connection
If you search on Google, ‘internet connection speed test’, you’ll see that you can test your internet speed straight from your browser. This will give you a useful indication into exactly how slow your internet is and allow you to adjust accordingly. Nevertheless, all the tips above still apply!
Get close to your router
If possible, get as close to your router as possible. This is where your internet connection will be at its strongest, so it is beneficial to set up your router next to your workspace.
Don’t let a slow internet connection slow you down
And there you go, some simple tips to ensure that even with a slow internet connection you can still have productive virtual meetings.