The Home Wi-Fi® Network

Factors That Impact Reliable Home Wi-Fi Networking

A reliable home Wi-Fi network is the most important part of a great Airhome experience. Factors that impact the quality of a Wi-Fi network include:

    1. Wi-Fi network speed;
    2. strength and range of the Wi-Fi network; and
    3. internet speed

Maximum Wi-Fi Network Speeds

The 802.11 standard has evolved to increase speeds with every new generation. Each standard operates on either a 2.4Ghz or 5GHz frequency band. Generally 2.4Ghz networks operate at slower speeds with longer range, while 5Ghz networks operate shorter range with much faster speeds. The chart below shows the each standard and the maximum speeds available associated with each generation of 802.11.

Important Note: Wi-Fi network speeds should not be confused with Internet speeds. Wi-Fi speeds are the speeds of data travelling on the local Wi-Fi network. Internet speeds are data rates connected to the Wi-Fi network provided by the internet feed.

Home Wi-Fi Networking Components

A fully functional home Wi-Fi network that has access to the internet includes three main services and components for operation:

(1) An Internet connection. Internet service is purchased from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as the cable or telephone company. The ISP will usually offer various internet speeds and data rates associated with various service and hardware packages.

(2) A Modem. The main hardware an ISP will provide to an internet customer is a modem or a modem/Wi-Fi combo. The baseline product is typically included with the internet service and the customer can option to purchase upgraded hardware from the ISP. It’s important to note that a modem can function as a modem only without Wi-Fi, but most modems by an ISP are modem/Wi-Fi combinations.

(3) A Wi-Fi router.  Wi-Fi routers or base stations are used to create a wireless local area network or WLAN. An internet connection must be purchased and connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to use the internet over the WLAN.

Important Note: Do not to use the Wi-Fi feature of the Modem / Wi-Fi combo provided by your ISP. Regardless of what they offer, their technology is typically dated and demonstrates limited Wi-Fi capabilities including poor network range and poor network and Internet speeds which are inadequate for a great Wi-Fi entertainment experience.

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