Is your home or business plagued by slow internet? Many find themselves in the following situation: The internet is slow. You reach out to Comcast, Verizon, or whoever provides internet service to your premise. The internet service provider asks something like “Do you watch a lot of Netflix?” or “How many devices do you have?” Then, they suggest a solution where they increase the “speed” of the internet for an additional monthly charge. The speed gets increased, but the issues stay the same. If this situation sounds familiar then we may be able to help you better understand the problem and reach a solution.
First, for clarity, let’s define some terms:
Internet – The Comcast, Verizon, or other providers connection that provides a hypothetical garden hose from the lake of all other things connected to the internet to your location. Generally this is a wired connection that reaches your location with Coaxial or Fiber Optic Cable
Modem – The Device that converts the Coaxial or Fiber Optic connection into a format your home router can connect too, like an Ethernet cable.
Router – A widely over used term, but for this scenario, this is the device that sends and receives all the internet traffic from your location. If the internet lines outside your house were a garden hose the router would be a special faucet that can both send a receive water from the lake.
WiFi- Another widely used term, but for simplicity, WiFi is just the wireless portion of the internet connection. WiFi uses electro-magnetic signals to send information back and forth from your phone or laptop to your WiFi device. If by this point your confused because you only have a single device from your ISP for your internet, don’t worry. Modems, Routers, and WiFi devices are often combined into a single device, for example, the Comcast All-In-One Wireless Gateway pictured below.
Comcast, Verizon, and other Internet Service Providers are in the business of providing raw internet service and As you can see from the few simple terms listed above, there is a lot that can go into Internet service. The problem is, while the ISPs do a good job of getting the internet service to your home, they don’t always do a good job of dispersing it through out your home. As mentioned above, WiFi uses electro-magnetic signals. These signals have certain limitations when it comes to distance, speed, number of devices, and passing through various building materials. So when your ISP offers to increase your internet speed as a solution to slow internet problems, they are not considering these factors because frankly it’s just not in their business model. It is analogous to having a large garden with many rows of plants but only a single short hose. You’re trying to water all of the plants but the water can only make it so far with a single short hose, the ISP increases the speed at which the water reaches your house, but the regulator at the house slows it back down to avoid damaging the pipes. WiFi works the same way, it can only go so fast and reach so far.
So what do you do? Well you have this big garden of many iPhones, iPads, Rokus, Laptops, Ring Video Cameras, and many other thriving digital devices in your garden of technology. What you need is an irrigation system!
That’s right, you need a way to evenly disperse the wired and wireless internet service throughout your home or business. This can be done with the use of Ethernet cabling and Wireless Access Points. While Comcast or Verizon will provide you with a single All-in-One WiFi router, what you need is a more WiFi antennas spread across your desired coverage area. These additional “antennas” are contained in what is called a WiFi Access Point. The WiFi Access Point simply connects to your end points like a laptop or iPhone and connects back to your router over reliable Ethernet cabling. WiFi Access Points allow you to avoid the limitations caused by having too many devices, too far of distance, or interference from building construction materials.
Contact us today so that we can help you find the right combination of Wireless Access Points to support your digital needs.