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Report: Brits have better Wi-Fi connections at home than at work

People in the UK experience better wireless Internet connections at home rather than their workplace, according to a recent survey.

The research, which polled 2000 Britons, found that one in three people depends on Wi-Fi access to do their jobs effectively, but 61 per cent said access was better at home.

Around 40 per cent of respondents in the study commissioned by enterprise mobility company Aerohive Networks said they had missed deadlines due to poor Wi-Fi services, while eight out of ten reported feeling “very” or “extremely” frustrated when they failed to connect.

Meanwhile, an unstable Internet connection topped the list of scenarios that disrupt the working day, coming above power cut in second place and a temporarily down wireless connection coming third.

“With a third of us Brits already dependent on wireless connectivity for work, there’s no doubt that it’s fast becoming the primary access layer,” claimed Aerohive international marketing director Paul Hennin.

“Connecting should be quick and simple though, and the user experiences here would suggest that not all enterprises are ready for it,” he added.

The research also claims that many workers are unsure why they experience poor connectivity, with many potential reasons being listed.

Two-thirds of those polled automatically hold infrastructure responsible for an unreliable Wi-Fi connection, while 50 per cent assume wireless is down and 10 per cent believe others could be dominating the network.

A further 11 per cent of participants said that they blamed their device for poor connectivity.

The study found that when faced with tech problems, UK workers who took part took a wide variety of actions to solve the problem.

These include 18 per cent complaining to an IT helpdesk, 17 per cent plugging into a wired network, 16 per cent switching devices and 14 per cent checking if a colleague can help.