Understanding How it All Works


Having a robust WiFi connection in every room is necessary for every home today. Today’s average home has a growing accumulation of connected devices all requiring a fast reliable wireless connection to function at their full potential. The great thing is, Internet speeds and WiFi have both improved significantly over the last few years. Data speeds are faster and wireless connections are more reliable than ever. However, WiFi is not without issue.

Despite faster speeds reaching most homes, wireless and sometimes wired networks can get bogged down. Most of us understand the frustration that comes with slow or unreliable Internet. Especially, when you have no idea what is causing it. The truth is, WiFi should be fast, simple, and most of all, reliable. Knowing what is happening on your home network is the most important aspect of keeping your home connected seamlessly. Things like connection quality, and signal strength are two factors that can have an impact on both speed and performance.

Home networks have evolved to become the most important electronics in the home…

Understanding How it All Works

WiFi stand for Wireless Fidelity, also known as WLAN (wireless local area network). WiFi works off the same principal as other wireless devices each using radio frequencies to send signals between devices. In short, modern WiFi uses two frequencies to transmit data: 5 GHz waves (the new 802.11ac standard) that are able to transmit more data, but are limited to shorter distances; and 2.4 GHz waves (the older 802.11n standard) that transmit less data but are able to travel farther distances.

The relationship between WiFi signal strength and speed at which data can be transferred over that signal is something that needs to be understood when it comes to WiFi performance. The performance of a WiFi connection depends greatly on radio signal strength. Many factors can impact signal strength like neighboring WiFi networks; even furniture can get in how well your WiFi performs. The truth is, in order to take advantage of 5GHz speeds; you need multiple access points, devices that broadcast WiFi distributed throughout your home, so you are always close to one.

Remember, Distance Weakens A WiFi Signal…

Internet Speed: Requirements for Video Streaming


  • 1 Mb/s for viewing on a laptop computer. While you can stream Netflix at speeds of 1 Mb/s, the quality will be grainy on a large screen, much like watching an old VHS movie
  • 2 Mb/s for viewing standard definition video (480p) on a TV
  • 4 Mb/s for viewing high-def video (720p, 1080p)
  • 5 Mb/s or more for the best audio and video experience
  • 15 Mb/s for 4K streaming (but 25mb/s is preferred). Also recommended is a 4K Ultra TV with a HEVC decoder


  • 0-2.3 Mb/sfor standard definition video
  • 3-4.5 Mb/sfor 720p, high-def video
  • 5-9 Mb/sfor full high definition 1080p resolution video and high definition audio
  • 9 Mb/s or morefor 3-D HD movies
  • 11 Mb/s or more for 4K streaming with access to Dolby Vision HDR

Hulu & Hulu Plus:

  • 1.5 Mb/s to stream standard definition content
  • 3 Mb/s for 720p high-def videos
  • 6 Mb/s to stream 1080p HD content
  • 13 Mb/s for 4K Ultra HD videos

Things that Affect Home Network Speed

Internet speed has an impact so it is important to understand what your service provider offers. Speeds can range from 20Mbps to 1000Mbps depending on where you live and what is offered. Other things that have an impact on your network speed include the age of your router or modem. If you have old or outdated equipment, it is highly likely you cannot even utilize all the bandwidth your service provider has given you.

Additionally, network bandwidth is shared between every other device on your network. Say you have a 20Mbps Internet speed and four other devices, like an Amazon Echo, Nest, Sonos, and Apple TV. If every one of the devices are using Internet at once, each of them can them can only download at 5Mbps, which is hardly enough when you consider that Apple TV alone needs at least 8Mbps.

So, what is the answer?

How to Get Better WiFi

A well designed, robust, and stable network is the foundation of fast reliable WiFi. Araknis routers provide a high-speed connection that makes for a hassle-free network experience. Araknis Networks® understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity, which is why they focus on one thing: making your network. Dual-gigabit WAN allows you to connect to two different ISPs (for example: TWC and Comcast), so you’ll never lose your connection in the case of service failure.

Araknis Networks

Araknis is your network ecosystem. Each product is crafted to work together with ease, making for a fast, reliable network that evolves with you. 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.

Wireless Access Points

Designed with you in mind, Araknis wireless access points provide industry-leading speed, coverage, and reliability. Plus, fast roaming capability allows for optimum performance in any environment. Home networks require a fast and reliable connection at all times. Which is why Araknis Networks® wireless access points are designed to keep your signal strong.

Fast Roaming

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.

Managed POE Switch

A managed POE switch allows you to create sub networks that will allow you to control who can access what, and when. A great feature for controlling what your children are accessing and when they can access it. Features include Power over Ethernet, a speed of 1 Gbps per port that lets you confidently support your high-data devices, and a cloud app that lets us troubleshoot any issues quickly and remotely. Araknis Networks understands the importance of modern, seamless connectivity. You need devices that work in sync.

Home Networking Solutions

From a few connected devices to a fully automated home, the home network solutions Shultz Audio Video provides can evolve when your needs do. In addition, each home network solution we provide can be easily updated to manage new devices and adapt to the changing network needs of any home.

Let Shultz Audio Video be your Home Network Solutions Provider

As a provider of home networking and home WiFi solutions in San Diego, Shultz Audio Video, brings high value to each of our clients.

At Shultz Audio Video, our values drive who we are and what we do. We pride ourselves on building one-to-one relationships with each of our clients. We are passionate about providing the very best home networking solutions on the market.

Our promise to you, to provide you with solutions that fit your needs and your budget. Deliver the solutions that bring your high-speed Internet dreams come to life, and provide you with a level of service that makes you feel important because the truth is, you are!

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