Wired vs. Wireless Speeds
Learn the benefits of a wired Internet connection and the differences when going wireless.
The website you're on, the number of people online, your wireless equipment and other things could all contribute to slowing down your Internet experience. A wired connection will always give you the fastest speed you will experience in your home. Wired speeds cannot be achieved using a wireless router.
Physical barriers like walls or appliances can affect the speed of your Wi-Fi. To help ensure the best possible performance keep your router nearest to where you use online devices most and minimize the number of barriers in between.
Where the router is placed is very important. Some people put it in an upstairs office or even worse, the basement or attic; these areas make it hard for the wireless signal to reach the device. Try putting it in the center of your home, up off the floor, preferably on the 1st floor, in a room where the Internet is frequently accessed.
Multiple devices divide up bandwidth like a pie, with each device taking the portion it needs at the time of use. The more devices you have, the more Wi-Fi speed is divided up.
Some devices can’t support higher speeds — which slows down all the others. To see what speeds your device can support, check the owner’s manual or perform a web search using its model number.
Remember, your speed is shared by all devices. If your neighbors are using your Wi-Fi, they are using your speed too. Be sure to secure and password protect your Wi-Fi.
Run regular virus scans to keep your devices clean. Close browsers, clear cookies, and turn off devices you’re not using. Clearing cookies is fast and easy, but the steps vary by browser. To learn how to clear cookies for your browser, a quick web search is all you need.
High-speed modem required for RCN High-Speed Internet service. If a data outlet is needed, an additional outlet fee may apply in addition to applicable installation fees. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. The actual range and reliability of a wireless network is affected by a number of factors. Downstream data speed may be affected by whether the data accessed is cached or non-cached; Internet-related factors, such as the location and configuration of each accessed server; internal network factors, including customer compliance with RCN usage policies set forth in the acceptable usage policy; the level of overall traffic; and the customer’s computer configuration. RCN's FCC Network Management Disclosure makes available information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our broadband Internet access services to enable you to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of our services, in accordance with Part 8 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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