Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Frustrating might be too mild a description for the emotions a subpar wireless network can evoke. When it’s fast and reliable a wireless connection can help you accomplish some pretty amazing feats, but when the signal keeps dropping and the speed is so slow you might as well be on dial-up—well, that’s stress we don’t need. Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done to make sure you have a stable wireless network and there are trained smart home professionals who can design and install a robust network for you (should you decide your time would be better spent elsewhere). Smart home professionals are trained to work with you to design high-resolution, whole-home audio streaming solutions and even a jaw-dropping home theater systems. But let’s start with a rock solid network, since that is the foundation for audio and video streaming, as well as smart home systems. Here are a few professional insights on how to make sure you have a reliable network that will make your home A/V and smart home tech shine. 1. Go wired whenever possible Wireless experts all agree—hardwire as much as possible. You might be surprised to hear this because of how en vogue wireless gadgets are these days, but it’s none-the-less true. WiFi delivers unpredictable data rates, resulting in less predictable performance. Wired connections are more stable and provide a direct network connection. The more devices connected to WiFi, the more congested the wireless becomes, making devices more susceptible to interference. The solution? Hardwire first. Identify devices in the home that do not tend to change locations, such as a smart TV or smart doorbell. By hardwiring these devices, you free up your wireless network for devices that can only be connected to WiFi, such as your smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. 2. Choose an access point with the latest WiFi technology The latest wireless home technologies operate on the latest wireless standards, and for the last few years that has been Wireless-AC. In order to enjoy the best that wireless technology has to offer, you will need to make sure your wireless router and wireless access points support 802.11ac (the technical term for Wireless-AC) and make sure that you are using the the 5GHz band. Compared to the old Wireless-N (common in 2007-2015), Wireless-AC can support five times more throughput, supports a greater number of streaming devices, and is less susceptible to interference. The 2.4 GHz band only has three non-overlapping channels meaning it becomes easily congested as more devices connect using this band. 5 GHz has 25 non-overlapping channels (in the U.S. at least) which allows more devices to connect while minimizing the interference and congestion on each channel. Choosing a 2.4 GHz-only wireless access point, or not taking full advantage of the 5 GHz band on a Wireless-AC access point, can be a real detriment to your network reliability and performance. By using a wireless access point or wireless router that supports wireless-AC, you can improve wireless performance and […]

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