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Why Can’t I get the Internet Speed Advertised by my Internet Provider

So your Internet provider says you can get 940 mbps of speed with their upgraded router and fiber lines, but you are only getting 700. How can that be?

Here’s an example of verbiage straight from the Verizon website. “Fios Gigabit Connection delivers speeds up to 940/880 MBPS in available areas. The key words are “Up to” so there is no point in calling Verizon, Xfinity or any other provider, since they have given you exactly what they promised…the possibility of speeds up to what they advertise.

So, why aren’t you getting the optimum speed they offer. There could be a number of reasons. Chris Hoffman from the “How To Geek” website wrote this article back in 2017 and nothing has changed over the last 2 years, so we are going to borrow his verbiage & cite him as our source. They are…

• End-User Hardware Issues: If you have an old router that just can’t keep up with modern speeds or a poorly configured Wi-Fi connection that’s being slowed down by interference, you won’t actually experience the connection speeds you’re paying for — and that’s not the Internet service provider’s fault.
• Distance From ISP: The further you are away from your Internet service provider’s hardware, the weaker your signal can become. If you’re in a city, you’re likely to have a faster connection than you would in the middle of the countryside. H&ONS Note – this applies mostly to copper cable based delivery method like DSL or cable, not a fiber optic cable based delivery method like Verizon Fios
• Congestion: You’re sharing an Internet connection line with many other customers from your Internet service provider, so congestion can result as all these people compete for the Internet connection. This is particularly true if all your neighbors are using BitTorrent 24/7 or using other demanding applications.
• Time of Day: Because more people are probably using the shared connection line during peak hours — around 6pm to midnight for residential connections — you may experience slower speeds at these times.
• Throttling; Your Internet service provider may slow down (or “throttle”) certain types of traffic, such as peer-to-peer traffic. Even if they advertise “unlimited” usage, they may slow down your connection for the rest of the month after you hit a certain amount of data downloaded.
• Server-Side Issues: Your download speeds don’t just depend on your Internet service provider’s advertised speeds. They also depend on the speeds of the servers you’re downloading from and the routers in between. For example, if you’re in the US and experience slowness when downloading something from a website in Europe, it may not be your Internet service provider’s fault at all — it may be because the website in Europe has a slow connection or the data is being slowed down at one of the routers in between you and the European servers.

While some of these causes are out of your hands, you can control the router you are using and how it connects to devices within your home. Using additional access points and other networking products and having a network infrastructure designed for your usage versus cookie cutter usage, can greatly impact your speeds. This is not something your Internet provider can do for you, but we can. Schedule a site survey in 2020 to see if there are solutions to improving Internet speed within your home.


WiFi 6 Coming at Ya?

Wi-Fi 6 is the newest version of the 802.11 standard for wireless network transmissions that people commonly call Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 isn’t a new means of connecting to the internet like fiber — rather, it’s an upgraded standard that compatible devices, particularly routers, can take advantage of to transmit Wi-Fi signals more efficiently.

While it is still an unknown, the industry touts based on testing only that Wi-Fi 6 will offer speeds that are roughly 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5, with theoretical maximum transfer speeds up around 10 Gbps.

The actual number you ultimately experience will really depend on context, though, because it’s a lot more speed than you’re likely to ever need from a single device. In environments with lots and lots of devices that need to connect, Wi-Fi 6 might make a huge difference. In small homes with only a few devices on the network, the difference might be harder to notice.

The other important thing to keep in mind is that the speed from your internet service provider (ISP) is like a speed limit for your local network — a Wi-Fi 6 router won’t magically speed it up. Right now, most plans don’t go nearly that high.

In other words, ISPs still have a lot of work to do with fiber rollouts and such in order to really capitalize on next-gen router technology, and that might take years. But when those faster ISP speeds get here, it appears that the hardware will be ready to go.

If the most advanced technology a device supports is 802.11ax, then it shall be identified as generation Wi-Fi 6. If the most advanced technology device supports is 802.11ac it will be identified as Wi-Fi 5. And, if the most advanced technology a device supports is 802.11n, it will be identified as generation Wi-Fi 4.

When will Wi-Fi 6 get here?

Wi-Fi 6 is already technically a thing — it’s a new, certified standard that newly-made wireless devices can put to use. Since it is officially up and running, it’s a pretty sure bet that the next generation of laptops, streaming devices and Wi-Fi smart home devices will follow suit.

Apple Fans will get plenty out of the Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K is a solid choice for streaming with its super fast A10X Fusion processor, as long as your Internet connection can handle it. The new option to copy login info directly to the Apple TV from iPhones, iPads and Apple laptops will reduce the amount of time spent entering passwords. Plus if you have a third-or fourth generation Apple TV now, it will automatically sync your previous TV OS layout.

You can use Siri to search for content, including cross-platform searches though Apple’s library of apps isn’t as diverse as Roku’s. You can send images, video and audio via AirPlay 2 from a supported iOS device. You also have access to the iTunes store and its library and can use the intuitive questions and statements for voice-controlled searches.

You will need to use Ultra high-speed HDMI cable connections to see Dolby Vision, so that may result in some additional costs and set up.

Halloween High Tech

Forget jack-o-lantern carving and bobbing for apples. Halloween is now about 3-D imaging, home automation and creative use of drones.

The future is 3D. Kids and adults alike will build costumes and props using 3D printers. It’s obvious that automation programming and use of motion sensors can be leveraged to improve haunted houses experiences. Control everything from the fog machines, the “blood fountains,” the science lab, audio distribution, lighting, numerous IP cameras and security features, and more—and everything can be turned on, or off, with just the simple touch of a button.

High-tech Halloween costumes are all the rage using LED lighting in a variety of way. Popular mechanics has quite a few samples for the DIYer in you.
Now that drones are affordable and readily available, we can probably expect to see some clever Halloween uses for the technology.

Human Centric Light (HCL)

The latest advance to mimic nature.

Because we crave nature with every fiber of our being and we suffer physically, mentally and emotionally from our severe nature deprivation, the home technology sector is warming up to human-centric (circadian) lighting. HCL is a classic tool for mimicking nature through changes in lighting intensity and color temperature that replicate natural daylight patterns from dusk until dawn.

Scientific evidence abounds for the health benefits of circadian lighting when you’re trapped indoors for 90% of the day. It is now big business for office buildings and hospitality, prisons and schools and soon to be for homes and apartments where builders, developers and smart-home integrators play.

Two recent discoveries indicate we have non-visual photosensors during the day and melatonin at night. Disruption of these natural light patterns confuses our highly evolved circadian circuitry, which informs our sleep, hormone secretions, alertness, neurological functions, metabolism, immune systems, moods…pretty much everything that makes us human at the cellular level.

Artificial lighting that simulates daylight makes us more productive and happier during the day and helps us sleep at night. Dusk-appropriate lighting in the evening helps us wind down for bedtime. Expect to see and hear more about what you can do to make your home’s lighting healthier for you.