I pulled this quote directly from Verizon’s website.
“Fios is the fastest internet available.1 Period. Why’s that? Because Fios provides a 100% fiber-optic network to your home. So get the best internet with the 100% fiber-optic network.”
They are being 100% honest in this statement. The key word is “to” your home. Chances are you got lost in the rest of the verbiage, and didn’t notice that tiny little word in the middle “to”. In small print they state “Fastest Wifi based on Internet speed plans and maximum router throughput available.
“Maximum router throughput” is another way of saying that your router has to have no obstructions to any room in your home and needs to reach every room to get their high speed.
Communication carriers bring Internet TO your home. How it works throughout the home is based on so many other factors.
Location of Router: The communications carrier will only have a few choices as to where to put your router because of where the cabling comes to the house. You can’t just move it anywhere you want without also adding cable and the communications carrier are not going to run wire within your home.
Construction of Home: Some home’s have much better WiFi than others simply because of the materials used within the walls.
Number of devices: Think of the Internet cable coming into your home as a river. It moves very fast because there is nothing in the way. Then think of the inside of your home as all the tributaries and streams that come off the river. They don’t move anywhere as fast as the river because the water from the river splits apart to them. The same happens in your home. Once the cable is in your home, the broadband splits apart to every source that needs it. The more sources being used, the slower it runs.
Speeding up your Internet within Your Home
There are ways to get your Internet up to speed within your home. Sometimes it is simply moving the router, though this most likely will require running additional cable if your home doesn’t have the hard wiring needed to move it.
One of the best ways to expand your network is by adding access points. An Access point (AP) connects directly to a wired local area network, typically by Ethernet, and the AP then provides wireless connections using wireless LAN technology, typically Wi-Fi, for other devices that cannot use wired connections. APs support the connection of multiple wireless devices through their one wired connection. (Source: Wifi) In layman language…access points spread out the Wi-Fi coverage area. Please note that correctly installed Access Points are NOT Wi-Fi extenders. They operate in a completely different manner when compared to a Wi-Fi extender.
Other products, such as Extenders/Repeaters take an existing signal from a wireless router or wireless access point and rebroadcast it to create a second network. These work in some cases but are not always a complete fix for expansion of your network’s broadband.
The best fix is to hardwire what you can. Hardwired components tie directly to your communications carrier’s wiring so there is nothing to interfere with the speed and quality. Not everything has to be hard wired. You might hardwire your main audio system and then expand its reach with Sonos via WiFi. You might hardwire your TV, but be fine streaming on your laptop without plugging it in to a wall.
Something to keep in mind is that networking is based on industry standards. EVERY manufacturer must comply with these standards. If they did not comply, then interoperability between different manufacturer’s devices would not exist. Do not buy into the marketing names. “Panoramic Wi-Fi” is not different from other manufacturer’s Wi-Fi, while equipment standards like 802.11n vs. 802.11AC make a difference.
So, the next time you watch a communications carrier commercial, whether it be Verizon, Xfinity or some other….keep in mind the word “to” because they are bringing all that great bandwidth TO your home, but not necessarily “throughout” your home.