Wi-Fi extenders, a mesh network, and a new router. You’ve tried everything to fix your slow home networking system and weak Wi-Fi, but nothing seems to do the trick. You may have even upgraded to the best plan from your ISP (internet service provider). And still, you experience problems with buffering movies, frozen video during FaceTiming or conference calls, or lags when trying to control smart home systems.
What’s causing the problem? Why aren’t your Wi-Fi and internet cooperating? You’ve tried DYI strategies and over-the-counter products that don’t really work. Now, it’s time for real solutions. Keep reading to see how to enjoy the best connection in your Bay Area home.
One of the biggest reasons for home networking problems is low bandwidth. While your ISP plan may provide 25 Mbps (megabytes per second) download speeds – or much more if you have a fiber connection – there could be digital congestion inside your home. That is, all the internet-dependent devices and systems in your home are crowding the network, creating a data bottleneck.
Your home network can only handle so much internet traffic simultaneously. Like a highway gets congested by too many vehicles, your home network system suffers from congestion as devices compete for bandwidth. That’s why it’s important to have the best internet plan, the most advanced router, and enterprise-grade home networking equipment in your home.
Here’s another source of the problem: Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi signal isn’t like a radio signal, which can travel for many miles. In fact, some internet service providers claim that a Wi-Fi 5 router has a distance of about 25 feet, but that’s because they want you to purchase Wi-Fi extenders from them. In truth, your Wi-Fi can generally reach distances of 150 inside your home. The problem is that walls get in the way, as well as other competing wireless signals.
If you live in a home with many smart home devices, and you could actually see the wireless signals, it would look like a jumbled mess – signals bouncing off walls, disappearing into couches or soft surfaces, and running into each other. Today’s Wi-Fi 5 technology, while it works well in some homes, is becoming more and more obsolete as homes become smarter.
There’s rarely a clear-cut answer to internet and Wi-Fi problems. However, there is always a solution. First and foremost, make sure your internet plan is the best. Even if your home is not connected to your ISP via fiber cabling, there are other options to improve home networking performance. For instance, new Wi-Fi 6 technology offers incredibly fast speeds, reliable connectivity, and the ability to cut through all types of interferences and obstacles.
Also, hardwired Wi-Fi extenders expand the reach of your network to any distance. Or, if you prefer not to use Wi-Fi for certain systems, consider hardwiring those via a Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable. By running cables to important devices, such as home security, home AV, and your smart home system itself, you ensure a lightning-fast connection that is reliable and lag-free.
Are you ready to upgrade your home networking system for lightning-fast speeds? Call Hermary’s at (415) 993-7600, start a chat on this page, or visit our contact page to schedule a consultation.