5 Reasons You Have Slow Wi-Fi

There is nothing worse than sitting down with a coffee to catch up on news or social media posts on your laptop, only to find your Wi-Fi is slow. At Instinct, no wi-fi and slow wi-fi are among the most common problems we solve when we do system upgrades and electrical maintenance. If you have teenagers, the discontent and howls of “no” that occur as a result of slow connection speeds may be making you all feel a bit on edge.
Here are a few of the most common reasons why.

1. Interference From Other Devices

There is limited space for transmission of Wi-Fi signal. This means that if there are lots of other Wi-Fi routers nearby in apartment buildings or other homes in your street you are competing with them for space on radio waves. It’s not just other people’s Wi-Fi routers that impact your signal. Mobile and cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, microwaves and baby monitors can all worsen your Wi-Fi signal.

2. Wired Trumps WiFi

A wired ethernet connect can send data both ways at the same time. Your Wi-Fi system has to switch between sending data or receiving it, which creates a delay that you don’t get with other types of internet connection. At Instinct, we usually solve this problem by using multiple wifi access points and hard wired connections where possible to mitigate this.

3. Services are Sucking Up the Internet Bandwidth

Subscription services like Netflix and Dropbox, among others, can slow down your overall speed. They are quietly running in background, downloading files and taking up the bandwidth, the amount of data that can be transmitted at that time. This slows down everything else that is connecting to Wi-FI

4. Your Wi-Fi is as Fast as Your Weakest Device

Your Wi-Fi connection speed at home will be determined by the slowest device that connects to it. This means that it could be your old WiFi printer that may be slowing down the system. Some devices are better at connecting to internet than others, so it’s not just their speed but their capability than can be impacting your Wi-Fi. Older devices may only be compatible with a legacy WiFi standard, which means they will drag down the connection speeds to every other WiFi device connected to that access point.

5. Your Wi-Fi Access Point is Badly Located

A wireless signal can be impacted by it’s location in your home. Obstacles such as solid brick walls can limit the Wi-Fi signal. Centrally locating your signal in an open part of the home can improve the signal. At Instinct we solve this problem by installing multiple access points to improve Wi-Fi coverage and reduce network congestion.

At Instinct, we can support you in updating your internet connection system so that slow connections are a thing of the past. In our experience most households are dealing with slow Wi-Fi speed as a result of an outdated system. With all the recent technology advancements and increased reliance on this technology in recent years, this type of system upgrade is our most requested service.

We don’t use one size fits all solutions and because we are an independent electrical company, we are not tied to particular products or providers. Why not contact us to discuss the connection problems you are having and let us tailor a reliable solution that meets your connectivity and lifestyle needs.

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