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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 that when I get frustrated with the Television, the actors are not in my home. They cannot hear my frustration and don't know 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. For example, down the block 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, Jones has two kids. So do their next-door neighbors, the Smiths. But the funny thing is that Smith doesn't have as much technology in their house. The Smiths have a single Smart Television in their home (the Jones are considering buying their 5th Smart Television).

Let's pretend we have an "internet" fair. We will invite three "home internet" providers to that event. Each of these providers has a booth. The Smiths and the Jones buy internet from the same provider during our nights. It was an identical 1-gigabyte connection for each family. 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 and Jones houses the same day.

They have the same internet. Except they don't have the same 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 in your home that communicates with the internet consumes some of that network. Going back to the opening, the Smiths have a single Smart Television 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 and Smith families sit down to watch a movie. The Smith family enjoys the entire film without buffering once. The Jones family does as well, on Friday night. But Saturday night, the Jones family watches five different movies, and suddenly they experience buffering. The Smith family all watch the same film with no buffering. Same internet connection for both, very different results for both.

The Jones family breaks 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.

However, if they have the same fastest in-home wifi in their homes, can one house be slower than the other house? The difference, sadly, is 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. There are no variables if you have two identical routers (Smith home and Jones Home). The variable is the number of connected devices.

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Every single connected device consumes wifi. If you have ethernet and wifi on your home router, then each ethernet device and 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 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 is going on 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. So I think I will start a home wifi company called 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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