Gigabit Internet (one gig) is the fastest internet speeds you can get. In fact, it is 40 times faster than the typical home Wifi connection. To put things into perspective, think about how many seconds you waste waiting for a Netflix episode to download. With gigabit Internet also called fiber Internet and ultra-high-speed Internet, you get virtually seamless streaming on multiple devices including 4K HD. That’s because unlike copper cable lines, fiber-optic lines are made up of strands of glass. These strands transmit information at almost the speed of light and transfer vast amounts of data much more efficiently than copper wire.
Taking Advantage Of Gigabit Internet Service
In order to take advantage of what it offers, you need certain equipment to make it work. And, before you get too attached to the idea of downloading 1 billion bits of data per second. Know that getting gigabit Internet service and adjusting your set-up to achieve the highest speeds is not as easy as you might think. With this in mind, we offer some insight to help you achieve the fastest results. This is especially important for homeowners in the Rancho Santa Fe area where gigabit Internet service is now available.
1 Gigabit per second is equal to 1,000,000,000 bits per second. A gigabit contains 1000^3 bits.
Things You Cannot Control
It goes without saying, you cannot get gigabit Internet if it is not available in your area. But, if it is, like the recently added and ongoing fiber infrastructure in Rancho Santa Fe, there are some things you should know. That is, if you want to take advantage of what this type of Internet service offers. First, the quality of the network matters. So, if your ISP’s central office cannot support the bandwidth to all of the gigabit connections, everyone will see slower speeds during peak time usage. Although, most won’t even notice a difference unless they are heavy users.
Symmetry & Data Overhead
Although it varies by ISPs, an Internet service plan can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. A symmetrical connection is just as it sounds; a connection with equal download and upload speeds. An asymmetrical connection, on the other hand, does not have equal speeds and therefore can create something called bufferbloat. When this happens, even very high-speed networks can become practically unusable. Additionally, actual data throughput will be a bit smaller since 1 billion bits of information includes overhead bits. This includes preamble, inter-frame gaps and TCP.
Things You Can Control
To take advantage of gigabit Internet speeds, good quality wiring is essential. To achieve the fastest speeds possible, the most important thing you can do is use the right ethernet wiring to connect your devices to your router. Cat 7a cables are the latest to hit the networking market and enable speeds of up 10Gbps. Additionally, Cat 5e supports up to up to 1,000 Mbps but Cat 6a supports ten times that. So, to be clear, all three types will work, but if you want to future-proof your setup, cat 7a cables are the best. For more on home wiring, read our article on home wiring basics.
Important to make note of: don’t run your data cabling parallel to power lines.
How To Take Advantage Of Gigabit Internet
Today, everything from thermostats and door locks, to smart TVs, light switches, and video doorbells demand wireless access. So, if you must use WiFi, make sure to pick a clear channel and make sure your computer is using the latest WiFi standards. But keep in mind, wired connections are generally better for gigabit speeds because of their reliability and lack of interference. So, if you want take advantage of gigabit Internet, you’ll need the right wired connections (wireless access points, switches and router). Below we list some additional tips to follow to help you take advantage of gigabit Internet.
How To Take Advantage Of Gigabit Internet:
- Make sure your devices support the latest WiFi standards
- Replace/Upgrade your ethernet cables if necessary
- Make sure your router supports gigabit speeds over the ports in the back
- Use a hardwired connection where available such as audio visual equipment etc.
- Make sure your WiFi channel is clear and your wireless access points are nearby
- Make sure your router’s firmware is up to date
- Call a certified whole house WiFi specialist like Shultz Audio Video to do the work for you
Whole House WiFi Installation
In today’s modern home, a reliable wireless network is vital. Especially when you consider all of the devices using your Wi-Fi! From laptops to smartphones and tablets, you need a wireless signal that is strong, stable and secure. Easily stream Netflix and Apple TV, or share music libraries between home computers and portable devices.
With our home networking solutions, you can stream shows and share music with all the devices in your home. Never lose your Wi-Fi signal again while watching your favorite Netflix or Amazon Prime TV shows. Contact Shultz Audio Video today at (760) 505-7461 to book your complimentary Wi-Fi assessment, or simply click on the button below to fill out the form.