Have you ever sat in a crowded food court, you wait 10 minutes to find a seat and when you finally do you feel so happy, then all of a sudden you realise you need a fork; when you get up to get one, someone swoops in and takes your seat? It sucks! Well this situation is happening in your home, too – on a digital basis.
This ‘digital mess’ is a result of too many devices and not enough spaces on your home internet. I get asked questions, daily, about issues such as speed and connectivity, all of which could be a result of overcrowding the Wi-Fi space. This month, I’m guiding you through improving your home internet.
This ‘digital mess’ is a result of too many devices and not enough spaces on your home internet
How many devices do you have at home? Three? Five? Ten? Twelve? I bet, more than you realise!
You might have a computer, a phone and a tablet, plus a wireless printer and maybe a connected device like a Google Home or AppleTV. Got a family, too? That adds up pretty quick!
Did you know, if you use a router that is more than three years old, you might be suffering from overcrowding? Most routers up to 2014 are meant to handle only eight devices at once. Those eight are then splitting the signal!
Did you know, if you use a router that is more than three years old, you might be suffering from overcrowding?
For less than $50, you can get a more up-to-date router! Of course, you can pay even more and get a mesh router instead (more on this later). And, what if you have a router/modem from an internet service provider? Well, the answer is similar. Granted, the one provided by the cable/telephone companies are constantly being improved upon and can usually be replaced at no cost.
A future proof solution: I recently moved to a mesh network, the kind used in airports and hospitals. Offering a wide range of features, including full coverage options in a large space or multilevel home, a mesh network is set up on a phone app which also allows you to remotely manage the internet. Upside:it can handle over 200 devices at once and gives you max. speed so you can take advantage of what you are paying for. Downside: it starts at about $175, but in the long run, it will make your home a lot less digitally crowded.