Five must-haves for a productive home office

If you have the opportunity to work from home, and want the best results for your efforts, it’s important to set up your office for maximum productivity from the start. A home office has many benefits, most popular being the freedom and flexibility to set your own hours and design a workspace you love. As you peruse packages from your local internet provider and start picking paint colors, though, don’t forget to consider these 5 essential elements for a truly productive work-at-home experience.

Connectivity: In today’s working world, no matter what you do, high-speed internet is absolutely essential. Choose a local internet provider that offers secure, reliable, and high-speed internet. Even if you live in a rural community, advancing technology has made it possible for people in remote locations to enjoy the same high-speed connectivity as their urban neighbors. That means you can upload videos, participate in conference calls, lead a webinar and hold a Facebook chat, no matter where you’re located.

Security: Along with the freedom and flexibility of having a home office, you also get the risk of security issues that can occur outside protected corporate networks. Start by asking your internet service provider about their security protocols and how they can help you work securely from your home office. Invest in antivirus software. And use your office computers only for work-related activities (no online shopping or gaming allowed).

Productivity: Need a printer connected to your home network? Does your PC need a tune-up to protect it from viruses and malware? Productivity depends on systems running smoothly. IT support is just as important in a home office, but you probably won’t have access to the same support as a corporate environment. Before you turn to your local geek squad, check with your internet service provider. Many offer support services that will fit your needs.

Comfort: Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean your office doesn’t deserve corporate-level comfort. Invest in ergonomic seating, good lighting, and a desk with plenty of space and storage. Add art and décor items that inspire your creativity. Or a fancy coffee machine to feed your caffeine addiction. Or you can even dedicate a corner of your office as a studio for YouTube videos and conference calls so you don’t have to keep setting up and breaking down backdrops and lighting every time you go online. Whatever it takes to motivate, inspire, and create more efficiency in your work is worth it.

Organization: Even if your work is mainly high-tech, you can’t avoid a certain amount of paperwork. An organized office is essential, keeping you focused and free of distractions. Check out these 3 simple strategies for organizing everything from cords and cables, to books and paperwork that inevitable clutter up any office no matter where it’s located.

The best support is the one that is there when you need it. From dedicated high-speed internet, to designing and installing a secure network, we have the experience and tools necessary to get your home office connected – fast. Here at Softcom, we provide premier Technical Support seven days a week, which means that if there’s ever a problem, we’ll be nearby to take ownership of the issue and resolve it to your satisfaction. Whether you’re just getting started or already working from home, we can help you create the perfect environment for a productive environment. Give us a call at (800) 982-7675, or ask us a question on our Facebook page, we’re here to help!

 

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The Future of Watching Sports Online

People’s love of sports will never change, but the way they watch them definitely will. As many people are cutting the cord on traditional cable options, they are turning to on-demand viewing options for everything from the Olympics to the Super Bowl and in between. The future of watching sports is definitely changing, here’s what to watch for:

Viewers are turning to live streaming over traditional TV: According to Deloitte’s most recent “Digital Democracy Survey,” U.S. consumers are more inclined to stream entertainment from an Internet service than tune in to live TV. And internet-video services are valued more highly than cable or satellite TV among Millennials and their families.

Social media will become a new go-to sports resource: In the last year, video streaming services have overtaken live TV programming in popularity within American households, and that is especially true for younger demographics. Social media companies, with a built-in audience and viewers ready for more offerings, are scrambling to be the new sports source for cord-cutters. Facebook live-streamed many Olympic events last summer. And Twitter is broadcasting Thursday night National Football League games live online this fall, winning the bid to broadcast over Verizon, Yahoo, and Amazon. In addition to live streaming, the NFL-Twitter partnership also includes in-game highlights from “Thursday Night Football” and pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams. (Check it out on tnf.twitter.com.)

Fast, reliable internet access is a necessity: If you want to stream, stable, speedy internet is a must. The good news is that you’re already ahead of the game. As a valued Softcom customer, you can stream all the sports you want. And you don’t need to worry about exceeding maximums, or missing out on a critical play. Our network provides internet access to many communities throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, offering high-speed packages that support high-bandwidth applications, no matter how remote your home or place of business may be.

For more information on our service areas, check out our Service Area website page. To learn more about our company, our technology, and how we’re leading the charge to provide better, faster and stronger service for all, we invite you to check out this video on our YouTube channel.

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Now serving Wilton and nearby Laguna del Sol residents

Now serving Wilton and nearby Laguna del Sol residents

We’re excited to announce that new towers for internet service have been added recently, expanding our coverage and offering more, faster, better internet connectivity for our customers as we go. We’ve got more in the works, too, so be sure to check back on our blog and Facebook page for updates and announcements of new additions, advancements and service areas.

Announcing Laguna del Sol, Simpson Ranch, and Wilton Internet Service

We’re pleased to announce the expanded availability of reliable internet access service for the Wilton area, as well as residents of nearby community Laguna del Sol. As the premier internet provider in the area, we’re pretty excited to be making inroads into this rural community, where even cell phone service can be pretty hit and miss. We’ve been in contact with citizens of Wilton, Simpson Ranch, and Laguna del Sol over the last couple of years, understanding their frustrations with the lack of internet service, and working diligently to find a solution for them.  After a substantial investment in equipment, and many hours of planning, we are finally in a position to meet their needs as the premier Wilton internet service provider.

This has been a long time coming, and we’re loving the positive feedback we’ve been getting so far. The community of Laguna del Sol, a clothing-optional resort located on 250 acres near Sacramento, has approximately 100 permanent residences and many other visitors throughout the year that have felt pretty much overlooked by larger internet service providers. North Wilton and the Simpson Ranch Community, also rural communities in the area, feeling the same. We’ve been working hard to bring them internet service, and are so pleased to announce our new tower located on the highest ridge overlooking the entire Wilton area.

This particular tower site is a major win-win for Softcom and the community we’ll be serving, with the potential to install an even larger tower there in the future and further expanding internet service in the Wilton area. Service is available this month, with expanding coverage plans rolling out over the next months. Now that’s something we can all be grateful for this holiday season! If you’re in the Wilton, Simpson Ranch, or Laguna del Sol area and ready to finally get internet service you can count on, give us a call at (800) 982-7675 to get connected today!

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Softcom announces groundbreaking bandwidth upgrade

Good news! We’re excited to share that we’ll be rolling out an important bandwidth upgrade in the next few weeks that will make your online experience faster, stronger and better than ever.

“We’ve invested nearly $600,000 on asset upgrades to our network over this past year, and expect to spend another $750,000 to $1 million more on improvements in 2017,” said Kevin Triplett, Softcom President and CEO. “This investment in our network will pay dividends to our customers for many years to come, and clearly shows our commitment to staying ahead of the curve and providing our clients with the best possible internet experience they can get.”

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New technology brings higher speeds, better connections for customers

We’re excited to announce that we’re integrating Telrad Networks technology, a global provider of TD-LTE broadband solutions, for expanding our wireless Internet network throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. This new tech will be instrumental in giving our customers access to internet speeds that support high-bandwidth online applications, including gaming and streaming media services. Softcom provides internet service Elk Grove to Stockton, and Walnut Grove to Lake Comanche, and beyond.

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The secret for stress-free streaming

In today’s world of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other online resources for entertainment, audiences are dropping traditional cable and satellite, and turning to streaming for the freedom to watch what they want, anytime, anyplace. Streaming services are band-width hungry, though, and can use from 1 to 4 Mbps easily – per person! Finding the large amounts of bandwidth needed, however, can be difficult, especially if you live outside the urban areas where corporate carriers focus their services.

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