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You just have to say "2020" and people will now give you a reaction, right?
But here's the reality of the times we now live in. Many of us now work from home! Oh, and there's probably a virtual classroom there too! But in true reality, are you REALLY ready for this from an internet performance perspective?
If your home now resembles a conference center and maybe a classroom… it must be 2020. Live sports, more than a few of which are delivered via streaming, zoom calls for work and school have highlighted the importance of robust and fast networks.
To Be Aware Of
First, check your Internet provider’s service plans and make sure you’re on the one that makes sense or your lifestyle. Many will cap your Internet usage and hit you with extra fees when you exceed the plan’s limit. Sign up for alerts if possible. That will let you know when you’re nearing never-never land.
Providers approach limits in different ways. They may slow your service or add extra data fees, possibly both. With some providers and service plans it’s easy to nearly double your Internet bill by going a little bit over your limit.
Next, we live in a land of blazing fast Internet. Lower tier speeds were considered unmentionably quick of only 4 or 5 years ago. If you haven’t upgraded your wired network backbone in 8 or 10 years, chances are it’s creating a bottleneck that’s preventing you from enjoying all the speed your modem is capable of delivering.
Even if your wired network is up to par, WiFi equipment has undergone radical changes in the 5 years or so, in both speed and security. Wifi access points and routers could only provide 200-250 real world Mbps speeds then, and 8 or 10 year old WiFI is even slower.
Almost no one had Internet service anywhere close to that speed “back in the day”, so few noticed. After all, if your “high speed” Internet was 40 Mbps, 200 Mbps WiFi was plenty.
Now, however, those speeds are relatively sedate, and some providers offer speeds up to gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet. Something else to consider is that most of the possible speeds aren’t reached in real world applications.
Speeds falls off as you move farther away from the wireless router or access point, and the faster WiFi systems are more affected by this. Making matters worse, maximum possible WiFI speeds are based on line of sight. Most people have walls, though. There’s always a fly in the ointment!
Finally, the more people using a WiFi system at one time, the tougher it is for the system to give you the speed and reliability you want. Zoom calls and Microsoft Teams, anyone? Yes, what was once considered outlandish in a home networking environment is now considered routine. It is 2020, after all.
Even if your equipment is fairly current, you might see significant speed, stability, and/or security issues if its software isn’t up to date. Manufacturers regularly release software updates to improve usability, speed and security for network devices, just like Apple and Microsoft do for your computers and mobile devices.
We can check and make sure everything is up to date. Some devices are able to automatically update and take advantage of new software improvements.
Let us help you make the most of your Wi-Fi and wired network. Your streaming entertainment, work, and school will look and feel better. There might be places in (or even outside of) your home where your WiFi isn’t really all you’d want.
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