What you need to know about your home’s WiFi
Sick of your slow WiFi connection? A good WiFi network relies on a few basics.
Everyone is using WiFi for the Internet and relying on smart devices these days. From sending a text message and listening to music, to posting on social media, virtually all forms of communication and entertainment touch on the Internet. Each member of your home, no matter what age, has a need for WiFi at home and how annoying is it when you don’t have a strong signal? If you have kids, aren’t they always the first ones to complain when the WiFi is terrible…sigh? If you don’t take care of it, a lot of times the kids will just turn off the WiFi and use their cellular plans for Snapchatting and watching video and this can be incredibly expensive for racking up data usage costs. The WiFi can get slower and less reliable too when there are multiple users.
A good WiFi network relies on a few basics. Firstly you will need a high-speed Internet service. 10 MBps (Mega Bits per second) is the minimum speed I suggest. If you can get higher at a reasonable price than go for it. Run a speed test to confirm what you are getting. You need at least 5 MBps for consistent HD video streaming with one user. The next thing you will need is a router. A lot of the Internet service providers will provide a router with built-in WiFi. The router is what allows communication with multiple devices; the WiFi is the wireless connection to the router. In a smaller household or condo, you may not need much else, but in a larger home, this just won’t be good enough. These can normally be bypassed to use higher performance routers and WiFi access points.
Here is what you need to know—multiple WiFi access points (APs) are the key to a seamless WiFi experience. Also, the fifth generation of WiFi technology is called 802.11AC and this is much faster than the previous generations as it allows more streams simultaneously and operates on the less crowded 5-GHz band (vs. 2.4-GHz for most other formats including your cordless phones).
One of my favourite WiFi access points these days is made by Ubiquiti from its line of wireless products called UniFi. The model I love is the AP AC Pro, which is super fast and supports speeds up to 1 GigaBit (1000 MBps). The AP AC Pro is an attractive wall or ceiling mountable indoor/outdoor WiFi access point, which is powered over the Ethernet wire (PoE) back to your router or switch, so there is no extra power cord or wall adapter needed. These access points offer long range, which means that as you roam through the house the service you are using does not get interrupted, which is a huge benefit normally not found in access points at reasonable prices.