Life in the slow lane: Is WiFi curbing your speed?

Broadband speeds across the UK are being significantly slowed down by WiFi technology, when compared to fixed network connections.

A recent study by network measurement firm Epitiro, analysed over a million tests over around 14,000 connections in the UK, Spain and Italy and found that average WiFi users suffered a 30% drop in speed.

For services that require consistent and reliable broadband, such as business VoIP, a drop of this amount is unacceptable. VoIP calls can be particularly affected by large speed losses from a WiFi connection, especially if connecting via a low-grade, poorly positioned wireless router. With that in mind, VoIP users are always advised to use a fixed connection where possible.

But a 30% drop is not as big a problem for normal data usage by smartphone, tablet or laptop users, as they’re able to strike a compromise between broadband speeds and the freedom of a wireless device. As Iain Wood from Epitiro said: “People are voting with their feet and trading speed for the benefits of mobility

But for normal data usage, WiFi is a great convenience, so what can be done to reduce the speed losses?

Firstly, ensure you have a high quality router. There are a variety of different types and brands of router. Ensuring you choose one with the current technologies, such wireless N, can boost your speed and signal. Secondly, the positioning of the router can be just as important as the quality. Make sure your wireless network is free from interference from electrical devices, such as microwaves and televisions. Also, place your router in a central position, as opposed to in the corner, for the best possible coverage in your office.

With these simple steps taken care of, you’ve ensured that you’re keeping your WiFi speed loss to a minimum.

To see how your business can get the most out of it’s broadband, and for further information on internet technologies, contact our sales team on 01225 800 808 or at sales@gradwell.com.

(Image by Thomas Edwards)

2011-03-11T15:35:18+00:00

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