This is refrain I hear often, from clients, friends, and even my own family. I consult Independent Internet providers on technical and business strategy and this is the main service complaint that they see these days.
This may not be what you want to hear, but odds are, the problem is not (entirely) with your Internet Provider.
My intent here is not to pass the buck to anyone. What we all want is to be able to sit on the couch or in the hot tub while we like the latest cat video on Facebook. So I’ll start out by describing the issue and then some possible solutions.
Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have invested many many millions of dollars into delivering service to your home and since they typically own that network they can have pretty good control over it and in the majority of cases they are delivering the speeds you are paying for to your home. The troubles most often start when we decide to go wireless inside our home.
Quickie WiFi History Lesson – back in the early 90’s when WiFi was designed the engineers who designed it, went to the government and said “We are creating a new wireless thingy so that people can sit on the couch and watch cat videos, can you give us some frequencies to use for this?” The government scratched their heads and said “Cat videos? You guys are kind of weird. That’ll never catch on, here, have 3 channels that we have already set aside for microwave ovens. There is a lot of interference on those channels, but you guys are kinda weird so you probably won’t notice”
The engineers had a tough challenge, they had to transmit and receive high speed data, in channels that were essentially considered junk c
Author: Scott Armstrong