Improvements in technology have made working from home a reality for many  companies and their employees. The adoption of cloud technology has allowed a smooth transition from in-office working to working remote. At Ytel, we've been ahead of the curve for years - as long as you have a connection to the internet, you can interact with our products and services from anywhere you might be!

However, that internet connection must be a stable one. 

Ytel Contact Center uses VoIP technology and a strong, solid internet connection can make the difference between a smooth sounding call to one full of interruptions or sounding choppy. In a worst case scenario, an unstable internet connection can result in calls being dropped/disconnected. 

Below are some steps you can take to limit the impact of your other internet activity and keep your Ytel technology strong. 

Start by reviewing our Technical Requirements - then continue below:

Connect Directly via Ethernet

No one disagrees that Wi-Fi technology is perfect for walking around your home with a device - it provides you with freedom and flexibility to access the internet anywhere you have signal. But, for VoIP technology, Wi-Fi is not suitable as it is not a stable and constant connection whereas Ethernet is. 

  • For the best experience, we recommend your computer be connected directly via Ethernet connection.

Run A Speed Test

Performing a speed test will give you an approximation of your current internet speeds. Once you have connected to the internet directly via Ethernet connection, please visit speedtest.ytel.com and perform a test. A secondary site is fast.com (click Show More Info). 

  • For the best experience, we recommend a minimum download speed of 30 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 10 Mbps.

Check Your Computer

Regularly clearing your browser cache and cookies is a good practice to follow. These files take up unnecessary space on your computer and may cause unintended performance issues. 

Clear Cache in Chrome
Clear Cache in Firefox

Knowing what programs regularly use large amounts of memory and/or CPU usage is helpful. These usage spikes can cause unintended performance interruptions.

*Pro tip: Always keep your browser up-to-date!

and most importantly, when working from your home....

Minimize Unnecessary Internet Traffic and Computer Usage

The easiest way to ensure uninterrupted performance of Ytel is to minimize or eliminate unnecessary internet traffic and unnecessary programs from running.

  • Turn off any video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, etc.)
  • Turn off any audio streaming services (iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc.)
  • Close any unused apps or programs that are running
  • Close any extra browser tabs that are open
  • Close/disable browser extensions
  • Disable any pop-up blockers or ad-block software
  • For Mac users, close any virtual desktops
  • Fully exit and restart the web browser daily
  • Reboot the computer each day

Most office networks are robust enough to handle VoIP technology along with other day-to-day network traffic. Some office networks go one step further and employ various network shaping methods to ensure VoIP stability and a positive experience for their customers who are on the line.

Generally speaking, a typical home network does not support "network shaping" (if it does, your average person is not qualified to setup and enable) and your regular, daily usage of a limited home connection may interfere with the requirements of the various systems necessary to perform your job. 

Ytel Customer Service is available to assist Administrators with troubleshooting their agents' connections. Please visit ytel.com/help and have your Teamviewer id ready prior to calling. The admin and agent should be on the line together.   800-382-4913

We look forward to supporting your Work from Home efforts!

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