Home Wi-Fi

Why Your Wi-Fi Is So Slow

Home WiFi

Powering Up

Are your Netflix movies buffering so slowly you feel like falling asleep? Is your signal strong on one side of your house, but not the other? If your movies are stuttering more than a fish called Wanda, or your are plagued by slow speeds and bad coverage, you are not alone. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a handful of people on your block that are completely satisfied with the speed of their home wifi system.

From the router supplied by your ISP to the square footage of your home, and old store bought equipment, the router is the bridge that turns your Internet connection into a fast, reliable network for your whole house. And, unless you hard line all the devices in your home, you need a wireless router that works!

Not sure if you need to upgrade? If you don’t say yes to all of the questions below, it’s probably time:

  • Is your router at least dual-band (supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency)?
  • Does your router provide you with the speeds you pay for (run a speed test here)?
  • Does your router sufficiently cover your entire home with WiFi?

Wireless routers vary greatly, from their strength to the type of wireless signal they produce. In an age where more devices in the home are connected to the Internet than not, making sure you have a router that can handle the traffic is necessary. Because there’s nothing more annoying than constant buffering, and dealing with weak wifi signals. For those who perform a rain dance every time your WiFi goes out, it might be time for a new router. Because as we all know, when the home wifi slows down, so does our entire life!

Home Wifi

FRUSTRATED

From slow Netflix streaming in your bedroom to dropped video calls in your home office, there is nothing more frustrating than slow WiFi.

Wireless Coverage

DEAD ZONES

What makes some parts of the house great for web surfing and others totally frustrating? And why do the dead zones sometimes change?

Why Your Coverage Is So Bad

What makes some parts of the house great for web surfing and others totally frustrating? And why do the dead zones sometimes change? WiFi waves, like light or sound, decrease in strength with distance and interference from doors and windows . So,  as you move farther away from your router, you are left with dead zones in different parts of your home. So, then why not get a top-of-the-line, high-speed router, and improve the coverage with a range extender? Because the average router can only broadcast the WiFi signal so far. So, if you have a larger house that is, spread-out, you will experience a weaker signal the farther you get from the router and possibly be unable to detect any signal at all at the farthest points. And range extenders won’t work because they only have one radio, which means they act like walkie talkies and can’t send and receive information at the same time. They are often more of  hassle than they are worth. What you need is multiple access points distributed strategically throughout your home, so you are always close to one, and your devices never have to fight for the limited resources of a single router. Just like we’ve grown accustomed to lights coming on at the flip of a switch and clean water readily flowing from our faucets, we want to be able to count on our Internet connection whenever and wherever we need it in our home.

WIRELESS CONNECTION

Each connected device adds strain to your home network, impacting both the throughput and, ultimately, the availability of a wireless connection within your home.

Why Your WiFi Is So Slow

Optimizing Your Home’s Wi-Fi Network

Most of us know the frustration that comes with slow or unreliable Internet ,  especially when you have no idea what’s causing it. So, when WiFi is slow, the first thing to consider, is the last time you updated your router. If it has been more than a few years, or even longer than that, it may be time to update the main piece of hardware you use to get your devices online. Today’s routers need to be least a dual-band that supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency. The reason, single-band routers only broadcast 2.4GHz signals. Not only is 2.4GHz known to be more vulnerable to external interference, but it also has a maximum bandwidth of 240 Mbps vs 600 Mbps over 5GHz.

A router can only transmit WiFi signal so far similar to how sound quality diminishes with distance, WiFi signal strength decreases the farther a device is from your router. With a dual-band router you’ll get faster WiFi speeds and avoid interference. Most importantly, if you have devices that support the 5GHz frequency, like most laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The only way to take advantage of the higher speeds is by ensuring you have a router that can support it. Other reasons your wifi might be slow include bad router placement, the size of your home, large pieces of furniture, other electronic devices, others peoples WiFi, other people in your home, and of course your old router.

Standard consumer-grade home networks are built as low-cost solutions. They are not designed to meet the demands of modern connected homes. It’s frustrating and sometimes it doesn’t seem to make sense, but as the dependability of your home WiFi becomes even more important to your daily life, it’s worth taking a look at what might be slowing things down and consider making some small changes and even updating your system to keep your signal flowing with ease.

Why Your Wifi Is Slow

ARAKNIS NETWORKS

With so many devices being used simultaneously and heavily taxing your home network, how can you ensure optimal performance every day?

Araknis Networks

Araknis Networks® understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity. Araknis is your network ecosystem. Each of their products are crafted to work together with ease, making for a fast, reliable network. Developing a product is one thing. Making sure it performs to expectations is another. Every access point, switch, and router has been put to the test in the Araknis Lab, ensuring strength, quality, and reliability. From temperature testing in a thermal chamber to full bandwidth and surge testing, they push their products to the limit. Trusted and reliable in any environment, Araknis products are expertly engineered to deliver best-in-class performance. Reliable systems, strong signals, and quick connections are at the heart of what makes an Araknis Network so incredible. Picture a home where complex equipment is seamlessly connected, and each piece of your home network delivers top speed and incredible performance, welcome to the right choice for your home networking needs, now and in the future.

Araknis Networks Dual-WAN Router

ROUTERS

Handle Traffic With Ease

With an Araknis router, high-traffic networks are handled with ease. Dual-WAN allows you to connect your network to two different ISPs (for example: TWC and Comcast) and have the WAN links configured either as load-balancing (i.e. active/active) or link failover (i.e. active/standby). Routers include 4-gigabit LANs that can be configured to load-balancing or failover modes through WANs, extensive VPN support, plus an embedded firewall for network security. The 4 Gigabit LAN router’s most useful feature is an embedded 4 Gigabit switch on the LAN side. You can use it to connect the router to multiple switches in the network, or connect other devices to the router directly. Plus, the LAN side of the router supports full LAN-LAN Gigabit speed with Jumbo Frame support for better video streaming.

Wireless Access Points

ACCESS POINTS

Complete Coverage, Even Outside!

Araknis WAPs were built with a focus on aesthetics, making this a product that customers will be proud to put in their homes. Equipped with just one LED on the side, these WAPs provide an option that’s both good looking and discreet. Complete Coverage, Even Outside! Expand your wireless coverage to the patio, deck, or guest house. Araknis Fast Roaming allows a device to seamlessly transition between access points, ensuring the best possible performance. Based on location and coverage, a wireless device will release from a weak access point connection and attach to a different access point with a stronger connection in a matter of milliseconds.

San Diego Home Networking Services

Just as the Internet is the electronic pulse that brings a connected home to life, the network is the central nervous system that carries critical information to all of your connected devices. In today’s continuously-connected world, more and more devices are coming online, most notably in our homes. It’s more imperative than ever to have a robust, high-performing home network that you can rely on. Whether you have a few devices online or your home is brimming with automation, Shultz Audio Video will deliver a sophisticated network using the highest-quality products all designed for the unique demands of your connected home and connected life! Not sure what you need? We want to make certain you are getting the exact solution that you need for your home. Call us today to schedule your free home network evaluation (760) 505-7461.