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12th June 2020
Ironic how life goes sometimes…
Last week I spoke about the new challenges of home working and how the home network is increasingly an issue. Click here if you missed it…
As of Wednesday, this all started getting very real for me, the road a bit further up from my home has been closed for drain construction work. It would also appear that the signage for this isn’t too great as there has been a pretty constant stream of lorries going past and getting stuck, they reverse back up the road looking for a turning point and unfortunately, my driveway appears to be the nearest one.
“So, what”, I hear you cry!
Well, the inevitable happened on Wednesday and a lorry totally misjudged the turning and reversed into the telegraph pole outside my house. This pole has my landline phone and AND my power running from it!!
Cue massive flash, lots of smoke and rather amazingly a pole that wobbled a LOT. Somehow my connections remained up and it looked like the driver had somehow got away with it. All the same, it was reported to UK Power Networks (great service I must say) and an engineer came out very quickly to inspect the pole…
Roll forward to today and I now have a collection of engineers out the front as I type this… looks like they need to replace the pole!
This has all rather dramatically emphasised the single points of failure that my domestic supplies have – of course, they do, they are consumer services.
Except these consumer services are currently servicing 2 home workers (and a lot of Netflix for the kids)
For years we’ve engineered resiliency into designs at work for networking, connectivity and power, but that is pretty unusual in the domestic context and its always sod’s law that things happen at the worst moment!
As I write this particular blog it looks like I’m about to switch over to UPS battery backup and 4G. I’ve got enough juice to keep things running for the rest of the day and 4G is actually faster than my home broadband!
But let’s be honest having a UPS and the ability to switch to alternative connections isn’t the norm – most people would be out of action until supplies are restored.
Perhaps time to think about resilient/backup connectivity for the home? Get in touch to find out more about 4G/5G home office networking.