Speed vs. Range
Range is not the same as speed. Range is the area the WiFi signal covers. WiFi speeds are impacted if the coverage is poor.
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What Impacts WiFi Coverage?
WiFi coverage is impacted by a number of factors:
When signal has to travel through floor and walls, the signal strength can be compromised.
Modems need to be placed in a central location to users with open space around them to communicate without interference. If you are hiding your modem on a bottom shelf of a cabinet in a location distant from users, signal strength can be compromised.
Interference in the home
Appliances and Bluetooth devices can compromise WiFi signal strength and speed. Keep your modem away from fridges, stoves and any devices that use Bluetooth as these can cause interference.
Number of users
Multiple household members using WiFi at the same time can compromise speed. Think of it as driving to work in rush hour traffic vs. driving home without traffic. Number of users and how they are using the internet really go hand in hand.
How the internet is used
Streaming video or music or downloading large files impacts speed since you are using more bandwidth vs. internet browsing or checking your email which uses less bandwidth.
How do I run a speed test?
Speed tests measure the download speed you are receiving to the home. To get a true reading of what speed you are getting, perform the speed test right at the source by connecting directly to the modem. (desktop computer, laptop connected to the modem via Ethernet cord).
If you only have wireless devices in your home (smartphone, tablet) use the Speedtest.net mobile app to measure speed on your WiFi network.