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Getting your internet speed smart-ready

Published: June 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered if your internet is fast enough to support all your new smart technology purchases? It partly depends on your lifestyle and which devices you want to use regularly.

When you start clocking time on connected devices…

Some of the most popular smart technology items are smart speakers, sensors, locks, lights and garage doors. Luckily if you’re using these items, a standard internet connection may offer all the speed you need. That’s because not all smart devices need lightning fast speeds to function correctly – they simply need a reliable connection.

Let’s say you’re telling your Google Home speaker to tell you today’s weather. The command only involves sending and receiving a very small piece of data to the internet in a quick burst. Similarly, when you ask Alexa to turn on the kitchen lights, the Echo will briefly use your WiFi to send the request to the smart bulbs. The light bulbs will then quickly use your WiFi to receive the message. While your voice speaker is always connected to your WiFi, no additional data is needed until the next command is given to turn off or dim the lights.

While you don’t need fast speeds for basic activities like these, your smart devices will need to be receiving a decent WiFi signal within your home to function properly. Poor WiFi means they won’t reliably receive your commands and your music may skip a beat or two! The good news is, if your devices are currently sitting in a WiFi deadspot in your home, our experts can help fix it.

When you need to go smarter and full speed ahead…

Are you a heavy user of Netflix, Stan or other streaming services? If you’ve bought a new TV in the last few years, it’s likely you’ll be watching in “4K” or “ultra high definition”. Streaming this “ultra high definition” type of video will need a fast and reliable connection that can keep up the pace!

Do you want to keep an eye on your home with smart security cameras or a video doorbell? If you use any technology that involves video streaming, you will also need a reasonably fast WiFi connection and good signal strength in that area. Many doorbell video cameras can alert you if they detect motion, so you’ll want to make sure your equipment has a reliable WiFi connection in order to send that alert. Even for the most basic smart doorbells you’ll still need to have a reliable WiFi signal.

Whether or not you have fast internet, there are some things you can do to get the most out of your WiFi connection:

  1. Replace an old router if it’s using old technology standards and can’t support fast speeds. If you have an average or budget router that is more than five years old, this could be the source of your issues.
  2. Do an audit of your internet plan – is it fast enough for the demands of your household? You’ll want to make sure you’re getting bang for your buck with the current speeds offered by your internet service provider.
  3. Make sure your WiFi router is running efficiently – see our top ten WiFi tips (including information about proximity and interference), and which frequency band to use for your devices.

If you would prefer a little professional help, tech2 offer an in-home WiFi assessment where we visit your home, test your WiFi and if needed, offer a personalised solution for your home.