You just brought your state of the art wireless router for your home/small business network and you are not happy with network speed that’s being offered and you start blaming the Internet Service Providers (ISP) for poor service delivery but wait, your ISP might not be one to put the blame on, have you checked your setup, devices connecting to your Home/Small Business Network.
For many home users, the problem is actually not the Internet connection, it’s the Wi-Fi. When we say WiFi we don’t mean Internet speed these are two different things.
Wireless” is made up of radio waves, and the communication is a two-way street. This means that the device that is receiving the signal is just as important as the device that is sending the signal.
So if you are connecting to a brand new router that has a fast internet connection with a laptop or phone older than three years, the older device will slow down the connection, the whole connection.
Wireless signals “bounce” from brick and mortar, steel, steel frames, appliances and even wood, prefabricated walls and other objects.
Wireless signals are interrupted, interfered with and sometimes blocked by the following:
Microwaves, Smart TVs, DSTV and Kwese Decoders, OTHER wi-fi signals (from your neighbours) and related electronic equipment.
If you suspect this is a problem, a technician will be able to change the frequency that your Wi-Fi operates on, thereby reducing conflicts. One can also use an Android WiFi Analyzer is a handful tool to check wifi zone conflicts.
Data is traffic, and some traffic is heavier on the “road” than others… eg a road full of trucks, lorries, construction vehicles, lightly weighted cars, fast cars.
So if everyone in the family live streaming on HD videos, Netflix or Kwese TV (those are construction vehicles and trucks), then that means your network is FULL of video content.
This will affect everyone connected, and only the newest and best technology will allow for separate users and separate data streams.
Some wireless access points (APs) downgrade their signal to accommodate for the slowest device connected to it.
So if Mom and Dad have brand new iPhone X but the kids’ Android phones are five years old, then your AP might automatically decrease its speed to accommodate for the older technology.
A lot of people seem to ignore this fact and start to complain to the ISP for slow network connections yet it will be you causing that before playing the blame game it might well be worth giving your home Wi-Fi setup and your devices a closer look.
Invest in top quality (and much stronger) wireless access point than the one you currently use. Another solution is to better wireless is to either have multiple wireless Access Points (APs) to distribute your wireless signal in such a manner that the signal has as little impeding it as possible on its way to and from the devices it connects to