Do You Feel Your Home Wi-Fi Is Adequate?

It seems like we’ve come a long way since the days of dial-up, doesn’t it? We’ve had Wi-Fi so long it’s easy to take the convenience and speed for granted. If we don’t immediately connect or the connection seems a little slow, it’s easy to get upset. But there are also several Wi-Fi services, so the goal is to get one that is reliable and quick. Do you feel your home Wi-Fi is adequate?

Our Opinion

Simon says he absolutely does feel his home Wi-Fi is adequate. He reports he has a “good signal no matter where I am, and the speeds are very consistent.” He doesn’t experience dropouts or other interruptions, which he feels is very good.

Phil notes that unfortunately, the only place his computer can be in the house is in a dead spot between two floors and a wardrobe. So “after years of patch service,” he finally bought a HomePlug Ethernet adapter so he can run his computer off something close to full speed. Elsewhere in the house he gets 30-50Mbps, but where the computer is, he’s lucky to get 5-10Mbps. “Wi-Fi is amazing these days, but it still can’t go through too much wood or plaster before it putters out.”

Sayak explains he’s on an unlimited pack with his Wi-Fi but notes there’s occasionally dropouts in his service. Since it’s cheap, he just uses the mobile hotspot with 4G speeds, getting 10-15 Mbps. He’s looking forward to getting corporate Internet in the future, but blazing fast speeds cost three to four times more.

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Andrew admits he moves around a lot, but he’s always gotten good Wi-Fi. In South Korea he never had less than 20-30 Mbps, though he was paying for a cheaper package than the gigabit one that was available. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the U.S., he had a great deal on a gigabit connection. In Thailand now he gets 200-300 Mbps most days. He notes that 5GHz serves him, as he’s never lived in a huge place.

Sometimes he visits his parents or in-laws, and their Internet is “pretty rough.” They depend on a 4G hotspot, satellite, and DSL. It’s often a challenge to get 3-4 Mbps out of those connections.

I am not even sure what speed we’re getting here. It was top of the line at one point but seems lacking at some points now. My husband is a fiber optics manager for a major provider, AT&T, so when Wi-Fi first came to our general area, we were among the first installs. But now it often seems like it’s not top speed anymore, and there are times when it’s really, really frustratingly slow. But I know they are working on moving things around among all their services, so I’m interested to see how it will change.

Your Opinion

What about your home Wi-Fi? Do you know what speeds you’re getting? Is it enough or do you experience slow periods or dead spots in your home? Do you feel your home Wi-Fi is adequate? Chime in to the comments and let us know.

3 comments

  1. “Do You Feel Your Home Wi-Fi Is Adequate?”
    Just like the recent TV ads say “Just OK is not OK”. Just adequate WiFi is not enough. I want great WiFi.

  2. I would like to see an article on how a WiFi signal (or any signal) is actually created?!

  3. So my cable service comes into my house in a lower-level bedroom, so that’s where the cable modem and my wireless router live. I got “okay” coverage for 802.11g, with a couple of dead spots, but 802.11n didn’t reach much past the main floor of the house. Just recently, I re-purposed an old Netgear wirless router and put it in the opposite corner of the house, and ran an Ethernet cable from the main router in the downstairs bedroom through the basement to the Netgear router. Plug the Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports on the Netgear router (not the WAN port – don’t want to route!). Reset the wireless to be the same SSID as my main router, but made sure the channel was locked to Channel 2 which is as far away from the main router as possible on Channel 11. Disabled the DHCP server. Shut off anything related to routing or QoS. Now I have excellent coverage throughout the house for $0 invested.

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