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Six options for emergency internet access

By December 20, 2011 No Comments
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For some people, being unable to get online feels like losing a limb. But for businesses, losing internet access can be much more serious. You can be looking at missed enquiries, lost orders, a lack of productivity … potentially, you’re losing money every minute you’re offline.

If you rely on the internet, it’s a very good idea to think about how your business would cope if your connection failed. Obviously, you’ll hope this never happens, particularly if you’ve chosen a good quality broadband supplier. However, even the best internet connections can fail occasionally – so here are six ways to get back online in a pinch.

Ask your neighbours

If you share a building with another business, consider setting up a reciprocal arrangement to share internet connections. If yours fails, you can borrow theirs – and vice versa. Just make sure you get your connections from different providers so problems don’t affect you both.

Buy a 4G router 

If you want to keep your employees in the office, then a 4G back up solution may be right for your business. In the event that your internet connection fails, the router will connect to a 4G signal.

A 4G router allows you to maintain a high speed wireless connection, minimising the disruption to your business. You will, of course, need to ensure your SIM card has a high data allowance (we can help).

If you’d like to know more about 4G routers and are interested in getting one, get in touch now.

Buy a backup line

Basic broadband connections can cost as little as £10 a month. So why not buy one to use as a backup?

It might not be as fast as your main connection, but it’ll get you online in an emergency. The extra cost is low – see it as a kind of insurance for your business, if you like.

We can help find the right connectivity solution for you. Click here for more information.

Get a mobile connection

Mobile broadband connections are available from mobile phone networks. You buy a small ‘dongle’ which plugs in to your computer and connects you to the internet.

Mobile connections tend not to be as fast as fixed-line broadband and coverage varies vastly. But if you’re in a strong signal area, it can be an effective temporary option.

Start working flexibly

If there’s no internet connection at your premises, why not get out and about? With the increased use of the Cloud, you can access your data remotely.

You can find free wireless internet in cafes, restaurants, pubs and – increasingly – in ‘coworking’ spaces specifically designed for mobile workers. Grab a coffee and log on – you’ll be surprised at how productive you can be. WorkSnug is an online directory of places to work in the UK.

For more information on how the Cloud can improve your business continuity, click here.

Have a backup office

Some big companies – like banks and insurance firms – maintain emergency premises they can decamp to in the event of problems.

For most smaller firms, providing such facilities is prohibitively expensive and over the top. But you could look into options like Regus Businessworld membership, to give you an alternative place to work from in an emergency.

Of course, none of these options are ideal, and you’ll probably suffer some loss of productivity no matter how quickly you can get back online following a problem. But at least if you have a plan for emergency internet access, you can keep dealing with customer emails and access cloud computing services with minimal disruption.

If you need general IT support or more information on how to stay online when disruptions occur, get in touch today. 

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