New gadgets not living up to their potential? It may be time to upgrade your internet
Christmas has been and gone, and you may have been lucky enough to land a brand new gadget, only to struggle with getting it online.
When that happens, where does the blame lie, and how can you unlock your gadget’s full potential?
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that when it comes to internet connection, not all gadgets are created equal.
For example, our Solway Communications office gets internet speeds of 500mbps. (Quite a feat when you consider the average speed across the whole of the UK is 28.9mbps!)
However one visitor’s laptop was only managing 40mbps, not even one tenth of the speeds we were achieving, using the exact same network as the rest of us.
Why? Well the demand for smaller and sleeker laptops, phones, smart watches, etc, means something had to be sacrificed, and one of those things is the device’s aerial, which allows it to connect to the WiFi network.
Devices which are considered “bricks” due to their size, tend to have much better connectivity, because their bulk accommodates a larger aerial.
This is often why in a room where your phone struggles to establish any WiFi signal, your laptop or larger device may still have a few bars.
Are you quick enough?
Regardless of how well your device detects and connects to a network, the poorer your internet to begin with, the less your devices have to work with.
Manufacturers developing new technology have to work on an assumption of what kind of internet speeds their users will have.
With many of us in more rural areas failing to get anywhere near the UK’s average of 28.9mbps, let along reaching those speeds consistently, our gadgets and the software running on them fail us.
This is because they’re designed for a spec which the traditional copper/fibre hybrid network can’t match.
In cases like that, the solution may be to upgrade your internet and change providers.
What are the options?
The most reliable but expensive is to have true fibre-to-the-premises cables installed, however this is rather impractical and costly for the average homeowner.
A more practical solution is to take on microwave internet, which is what we offer at Solway Communications. It’s fibre quality internet, but beamed to your home via an antennae.
There are no data caps and we can provide a service to suit all types of internet use.
Once you know you know have consistent, reliable internet, then it takes the guesswork out of solving a connectivity issue, and allows you to unlock the potential of all your devices.
If you want to learn more about what Solway Communications can offer you, then feel free to give James or Linda a call on 01228 217171 or email me.