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The Fastest In-Home Wireless Network

i am a long-time avid technologist. i began my tech career in the Apple world but moved to Enterprise Solutions later.

The glass is neither full or empty, but it is the fastest!


i would like to buy the Fastest in-home wifi!

Let me start with reality. I know first of all that when I get frustrated with the Television that the actors are not in my home. They cannot hear my frustration, and they have no idea what I am saying. I do understand that. But, the concept today for discussion is something said on Television all the time, and I worry about it. XYZ company has the fastest in-home wireless network.

It is an exciting concept and one that merits a much more in-depth discussion. The first thing is it isn't possible. You see, every house is different. Down the block from is the home where Jones lives. We all know the Jones why? Because we all want to keep up with them. They have all the cool technology gadgets in their home. Everything in their home is connected, even the fish cam.

Now the Jones has two kids. So, do their next-door neighbors the Smith's. But the funny thing is that Smith doesn't have as much technology in their house. The Smith's have a single Smart Television in their home (the Jones are thinking about buying their 5th Smart Television).

At a neighbor, fair were the top three internet providers each had a booth, the Smith's and the Jones. Families each bought the same internet providers one gigabyte home bundle. That bundle includes the cable connection to your home, the router, and a Wifi or Wireless network setup in your home. The technician did the Smith's house and then the Jones house on the same day.

They have the same internet. Except they don't have identified internet connections. The Jones home has many more devices connected and chattering on the internet. Let's say for the ease of numbers that we have 1000 gigs of the network available. !000 is a nice round number. Because of the reality of connectivity, if you start with 1000, you don't have that amount available for connection.

i use buffering time during movies to grab snacks!

Every device that exists in your home and communicates with the internet consumes some of that available network. Going back to the opening, the Smith's have a single Smart Televiosn that connects to the internet. The Jones family has four today and is adding a 5th Television all connected to the internet. On a Friday night, the Jones family and the Smith family sit down to watch a movie. The Smith family enjoys the entire film without buffering once. The Jones family does as well, But when the movie is over, the Smith family goes off to play cards.

The Jones family breaks up into two groups, each watching a movie on a smart television in the living room and the basement. They end up having both movies buffering several times during the playback. Buffering is when the video pauses, and the next part of the film loads into the cache. It means that a 90-minute movie takes longer to watch.

How though if they have the same fastest in-home wifi in their homes can one house can be slower than the other house? The difference sadly, between advertising and reality. The concept of networks has to do with two things. The first is the connection itself; the second is the number of devices using the link. If you have two identical routers (Smith home and Jones Home), then there are no variables. The variable is the number of connected devices.

Every single connected device consumes wifi. If you have ethernet and wifi on your home router, then each ethernet device, as well as every single wifi device will consume bandwidth. The reality of that bandwidth is that you can go to the cap, but you can't go above the cap. That overall capacity is a hard limit.

What it means merely is advertising. The other part of the fastest in-home wifi is that to the wireless connection; you have the fastest possible home connection. But if we go back to the example, we just walked through, what is in your home and what it is going impacts your network a lot more than you may even realize.

The more devices you have on your network, the slower your overall system will be. So the next time you hear the words "fastest in-home wifi," it may not apply to you. It may not apply to anyone, you know. I think I am going to start a home wifi company and call it Unicorn.

The fastest in-home wifi provided by a Unicorn!

Goodbye fast wifi!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 DocAndersen


DocAndersen (author) from US on August 01, 2020:

that is critical to be able to move about with WIFI. I just laugh when I see the commercials. Because the fastest in-home wifi is an advertising phrase. It actually means nothing!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 31, 2020:

Very interesting. We had a very good Wi-Fi system back in our house in Latvia. The main connection was upstairs and downstairs you could easily connect to the Internet on laptops. It even worked a certain distance from the house and you could use a laptop out in the garden.

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