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If you’ve ever called you internet service provider regarding slow speeds, you may have done some troubleshooting that included bypassing your router to check the true speeds delivered to your home. This is to find out if you actually aren’t getting the speed you should or if another factor not affiliated with your ISP comes into play—like your device capability.

Routers

One example of devices limiting speeds based on their capability might be the router in your home. Every manufacturer labels their router packaging with a letter such as A, B, G, N, AC and AX to differentiate the generation of Wi-Fi. Different generations have their own speed capabilities. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) determines Wi-Fi standards.

According to these standards, for example, the Wi-Fi generation in 2003 labeled as 802.11G had a maximum data rate of 54 Mbps. Wi-Fi generation 802.11AC had a max data rate of 1.3 Gbps, and the maximum data rate of generation 802.11AX in 2019 was 10-12 Gbps. This demonstrates the vast difference in speeds modern routers are capable of handling versus older ones.

Other Devices

Suppose you have a newer router with a Wi-Fi generation suited to handle the fast speeds you subscribe for from your ISP. As you know, a wireless signal slows speed a bit compared to a hardwired connection. Then you account for the wireless bandwidth available from your router is shared among all devices connected at any given time. (This is one reason speed tests run on individual wireless devices will not reflect the full speed provided by your ISP.) At this point you might instead consider the device you’re using.

The age of the hardware, operating system or even the version of the browser you’re utilizing can all affect upload and download speeds. Older devices and systems can sometimes not be suited to handle higher speeds. Some wireless devices may not support the Wi-Fi standards on newer Wi-Fi technology either. This means, even if the speed is there and available, your device may only be able to operate with a lesser amount.

Update Aspects of Your Network

Updating your operating systems and firmware to the latest versions can help optimize the speed at which your device operates. However, you might find replacing some of your older devices may be necessary if you’re unhappy with their operation.

Affordable Wi-Fi 6 From GVEC

There are many benefits of renting a router from GVEC. We offer the Calix GigaSpire® BLAST with Wi-Fi 6 technology for a low monthly fee of $6. This is not only an affordable way to experience the latest wireless technology; you’ll also have the added benefit of knowing our customer service team is trained to troubleshoot GVEC service and equipment if the need arises. Additionally, if the router happens to need replacement, we’ll do this at no additional cost.

If you’re a new or existing GVEC Internet customer interested in obtaining Fiber-compatible Wi-Fi 6 technology easily and affordably, contact us today!

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