Why is my Wi-Fi so slow?
The average household has an average of seven Wi-Fi enabled devices all trying to connect to the same wireless network at once, which ultimately causes lag as everything slows down.
This is what happens when the video you’re trying to watch on your smart TV, smartphone/tablet or computer continually buffers, especially when other devices are online, playing games or browsing the web.
Interference at home
Even household appliances which aren’t Wi-Fi enabled can contribute to poor network performance such as cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwaves.
All D-Link Wireless AC routers support dual-band or even triple-band wireless, operating on both the 2.4 GHz and the 5GHz wireless bands so you’re effectively spreading the digital load.
This allows you to browse the web, chat, and e-mail using the 2.4 GHz band on your smartphone and computer while simultaneously streaming HD videos or gaming online on the 5 GHz band.
To further reduce interference with your Wi-Fi try positioning your router away from household appliances and switch to the 5Ghz band.
The solution – Wireless AC. Greater coverage and speed
The simplest solution to solving poor Wi-Fi performance, however, is to switch to Wireless AC.
The 802.11ac wireless standard broadcasts on the entire 5 GHz spectrum, where there is less congestion, noise, and interference from competing technologies.
Moreover, there is a lot more space available in this band, allowing for up to 19 channels compared to just three with 802.11n.
AC Wi-Fi channels are also wider and carry a lot more data, giving you a seamless network speed of up to 5334 Mbps.
Dual and Triple Band Connectivity
Dual-Band Wireless AC Routers have the ability to broadcast on two different frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Not only does this make it backward compatible, but it also means that they are less prone to interference from other devices.
You can browse the Internet on the 2.4GHz band while streaming HD movies on the 5GHz band and neither band will overload. This means less interference and faster speeds.
D-Link’s Triple band routers broadcast on one 2.4GHz channel and two channels for the 5GHz band giving you a total bandwidth of up to 5334 Mbps.
Wireless Signals & Beamforming Technology
The way in which radio signals are transmitted is also changing. Out go Omni-directional antennas, broadcasting every which way they can, in favour of ‘beamforming’ technology.
Simply put, beamforming enables you to focus your Wi-Fi which provides a much stronger signal, which is particularly beneficial for mobile devices.
The Wi-Fi signal your router emits widens as it leaves the router and loses strength in exchange for coverage around your home.
And with the modern home jam-packed full of electronic devices, your Wi-Fi signal has a lot of interference to cope with so why not give it a fighting chance and upgrade your router.