Wi-Fi in Your Home

Location, location, location! There are dozens of things that can slow down Wi-Fi and where you place your router matters. The further the signal has to go, or the more it has to travel through and around, the slower the speeds will be.

Wired is Faster than Wi-Fi

While Wi-Fi has improved over the last five years, it’s still not perfect. A wired connection will always be faster than Wi-Fi. With a wired connection there’s nothing coming between your device and your Internet signal.

Recommended Equipment: DOCSIS 3.0 or higher certified modem. Minimum of eight channels downstream and two channels upstream is advised.

Can your device handle the speed?

Some devices can’t support higher speeds - which slow 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.

How much speed can my device handle?

Click on a device to see how much bandwidth it can use.*




50 to 75 Mbps
100 to 200 Mbps
100 to 150 Mbps
1 Gbps
250 to 300 Mbps
75 to 150 Mbps
200 to 250 Mbps
50 to 150 Mbps

Protecting Your Wi-Fi Connection

Why should I password protect my Wi-Fi? Do Malware, Spyware and other viruses effect my Wi-Fi speed? How to background programs slow down your wireless speed?

What do all the Numbers Mean?

Confused about all the numbers associated with Internet speed and your Wi-Fi connection? This video gives you a translation tour to understanding Internet numbers for optimizing your speed.

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; stated speeds are up to subscribed to/stated speed 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).

The availability of services, pricing and offerings displayed on this site are for residential new RCN customers only. Commercial and business pricing and service offerings differ.

* Devices shown may not be capable of delivering the speeds referenced above. Device speed capability source: http://www.cspire.com

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