South Africans are resilient people. Not only have we managed to adapt to frequent power cuts since December 2014; in March of 2020 we were asked to navigate a nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown.
This nationwide Lockdown saw millions of South Africans adapt to working from home. Although the South African ethos of unbridled optimism is seemingly endless, it became harder to say “Ja. No, that’s cool. The Wi-Fi will be back on now, now.”
Because now, it was less about giving yourself a break from a Netflix binge, and more about missing a crucial online meeting. As a result of the COVID-19 Lockdown, the drive to find a solution that keeps you online, while the power goes offline has increased. This is what you need to know about keeping connected, when the power cuts. If you have an ADSL, Fixed-LTE or Fibre connection is connected to a router, Load Shedding will kill the switch on your connectivity.
The easiest ways to keep the Wi-Fi on during Load Shedding are by using a generator, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or LTE and a MiFi Router. Although these options are straightforward, there are a few things you need to know before you furiously swipe your credit card.
Generators, while a fantastic addition to the South African home, are a costly investment sitting at upwards of R10,000.00 – and while these devices will inevitably solve all your Load Shedding problems, there are cheaper alternatives to keeping connected.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (USP)
A 1,000VA can easily power your Fibre CPE or ONT device and your Wi-Fi router for the duration of Load Shedding. Not only that, but you can charge your mobile devices. These UPS devices are available at major stores and online retailers for reasonable prices.
LTE and MiFi
This connectivity solution uses and LTE data service and rechargeable MiFi Router as a backup internet connection, when there is a service interruption. A simple plug and play method allows you effortless connection to fast internet without the hassle of installation; all you require is an LTE enabled SIM, device and coverage availability in the areas of your choice.
With an LTE Data SIM and a portable MiFi Router you can stay connected during load shedding or when your primary Internet connection is down.