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Want to Maximize Your Wi-Fi Speed? Check the Set-Up in Your House

Taylor Telecom offers high-speed internet – like really high speeds -- yet sometimes we hear from customers who aren’t seeing the speeds they expected. Often, the issue ends up being the set-up in their home. PC Magazine warns, “Don't rely on obsolete hardware… if you are running old hardware you can't expect the best performance.” 

The network in your house is only as fast as the slowest component. That means that your speed is potentially limited by any or all of the equipment in your home. You need to check to make sure all of the devices on your network are provisioned for the fastest connection: your modem, router, ethernet ports, your devices (iPad, computer), Wi-Fi extenders, etc.

For example, if you have an Internet package that offers speeds up to 600 Mbps, but the signal is being routed via an older router, you will not achieve the maximum speeds. It’s like trying to watch HD TV on a standard definition TV – it just won’t be high definition.

Sometimes, larger houses require a mesh router, which is a systems with multiple access points for broadcasting your Wi-Fi. One of those points links to the modem and acts as the router, while other access points (“satellites”) capture and rebroadcast the signal.

So check it all. We know that you likely can’t go out and buy new everything, but if you have an older model computer, that could be the culprit for your slowness. If your router is from 2013, you may want to upgrade it. If your router is buried in a bedroom closet, it would be better to move it to a more central location in your home.

If you have questions about optimizing your home network – Taylor is here to help. Call us at (325) 846.4111.