Broadband Speeds Explained

We provide broadband speeds of up to 900 Mbps to every home we connect, but let’s talk honestly and openly about the most important thing – the speed you actually experience on your devices.

That speed depends on several things but mainly on how your devices are connected to your broadband service.

Wired connected devices – the easy one to explain.

A gigabit capable device, connected directly to the router, using the correct ethernet cable will consistently get speeds of up to 900 Mbps and often more. Of course this is dependent on the number of devices using the connection at the same time.

There are a few, ideal world, specifics to note in this example and clearly if your PC network interface card is limited 100 Mbps, you simply will not be able to exceed that speed.

What speeds will your wired devices get in real life? If they are gigabit capable, using the correct cables, we would expect you to get speeds of between 500 & 600 Mbps, depending on device locations.

Wi-Fi connected devices – the trickier one to explain.

Currently few mobile devices available in the market are capable of coping with close to 900 Mbps through a Wi-Fi connection. A gigabit capable Wi-Fi device, positioned with close line of sight to the router, with nothing else connected to the Wi-Fi network will receive the optimal performance. However these “ideal conditions” will never exist.

Wi-Fi performance is susceptible to real life variables that we can’t predict, and which vary for each customer household. These variables are many and include:

  • Your home: Age, size, construction materials and wall thickness.
  • Your router location: Where is it best positioned to cover your home?
  • Your devices: Number online, age, spec and capability and proximity to the Wi-Fi router.
  • Your previous solution: Legacy routers and old Wi-Fi boosters still in use can cause interference.
  • Your everyday home items: Microwaves, fans, fridges, power adaptors, mirrors, people, aquariums, tv location, and Christmas lights.
  • Your home wireless devices: Game controllers, baby monitors, AV equipment, Bluetooth devices, speakers and cordless phones.
  • Your PC/Laptop issues: Network interface cards, amount of memory left, AV software, background apps.
  • Your neighbours: Their Wi-Fi networks, devices, appliances and Wi-Fi use may result in “noisy neighbour” syndrome if they are close.

The list is long, and many are outside your control and usually your broadband provider too, but they will all reduce the ability of the Wi-Fi signal to reach every corner of your house and may impact the actual Wi-Fi speed and consistency available to you.

What speeds will your Wi-Fi devices get in real life? If they are gigabit capable, we would expect you to get speeds of between 100 & 350 Mbps, depending on proximity to the router – but as we have explained there are issues beyond all our control may reduce that.

A Digital Home up to 900 Mbps broadband service gives you a higher bandwidth connection which means that more of your devices can share that bandwidth to deliver improved speed and performance to all of your devices.

We are here to help you get the speed you need

Clearly if broadband speed is important, a wired connection is always the best.

As we have highlighted there are many factors that cause reduced Wi-Fi speeds, but we will be honest with you and in parallel take extraordinary steps to get the speed you need to every corner of your home.

That starts at the beginning, from the location of your home fibre entry, to where best to position your Wi-Fi router, to our expanding portfolio of in home network solutions.

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