Is My Wi-Fi network strong enough for music and video streaming?
Last week, we reviewed the recommended Internet speeds for streaming, 5 Mb/s for music, 25 Mb/s for video. However, the speed is only part of the equation. Once you have determined you have sufficient speed coming into your home, the next question is “Is this speed being distributed throughout my home over my Wi-Fi network?” As a quick refresher, your Wi-Fi network is created by your router and allows your various devices to connect to the Internet. In many cases, your Internet supplier such as Comcast or FIOS, combines the modem and router in a single device. To test the strength of your network, stand near your router and go to www.fast.com. It’s easier to do this with your phone so you can move throughout your home. Measure your speed near the router and then repeat the test throughout your home. The speed variations can be caused by distance from the router and construction types. If your speed is lower than what is needed in various spots in your home, you need to improve your Wi-Fi coverage. The first step to try is to re-locate your router to the center of your home and then retest. If this doesn’t work, you will need to add access points in your home. We will review access points next week. Please visit our website @ www.wbsouth.com.