Most of us have been cloud based either partially or fully for a few years now and this has certainly assisted in the necessity to work from home. We live in an age where we must be secure so connecting to the office via a VPN is a must. Work from home doesn’t just have the technical barriers of remote access however. There are logistical challenges too.
You may be working in your dining room, bedroom, shed or somewhere else. In most homes the internet router is in the lounge because this is where the telephone line is. This is somewhere where you generally want to relax and get away from work rather than a place to setup your work computer and telephone.
So how can we work from another room when we need an ethernet connection to an IP telephone? Here are some options.
Use Powerline adaptors
A minimum of 2 are required and they sync via the mains electricity. Using an ethernet cable at each end, the first adaptor connects to your router and the other one to your IP telephone or device in another room. They work best when connected directly to a power outlet.
Run a cable
You could run a long ethernet cable from your router to your device. Just beware of the trip hazard!
If your computer has an ethernet port as well as wireless you can bridge the connections together. This will allow you to work away from the router and as long as you have a wireless signal you can also connect your IP telephone directly to your computer. Your router will handout an IP address just like you had connected it directly.
How to bridge a network connection using Windows 10.
- Use the Windows key + X to open the power user menu, select Network Connections then Change adapter options.
- Select both the network WiFi and Ethernet adapters you want to use in the bridge connection.
- Right-click the selection and click Bridge Connections.
- Once the bridge connection is working connect your IP telephone to the ethernet port and power up.
When you want to remove the bridge follow the steps above however in Step 3 “Remove from bridge” instead.
Please share with any friends or colleagues who may find this useful.