Just recently, the good folk at Netspeed showed me a new secret weapon for my Wifi. A new router and its FAST!
The big differences apart from it having some new shiny hidden bits that bring in a stronger signal and better management of the aerials, is that the new router is 2.4ghz and 5 ghz and also Wifi AC. The old router is Wifi N and 2.4 ghz only.
What does all this mean I hear you ask. Even as an ex ISP manager myself, I had to look it up to find out and this is what I found.
Once you have setup the router which you can do by just turning it on, its that simple. The router will send two signals for your phone or ipad, the 2.4 or the 5ghz. Its your choice which one you use.
The 2.4ghz is slower but can reach further but is susceptible to interference from some other devices as it works on a crowded frequency. This is what most of us use now and is probably good for using outside and around your Motorhome.
The 5 ghz is much faster as its a higher frequency but doesn’t do distance but within your motorhome, you won’t have a problem. It is FAST believe me!
The other Major difference….
The Wifi AC is nice and shiny and new and as one techy told me, it is the difference between a Ferrari and a sedan. It has a lot more speed, supports a lot more people on the same router and does what is known as beamforming. As I understand it, this means it finds out where you are and strengthens the signal is your direction. Sounds a wee bit spooky 🙂
The speed improvements are something else.
Here’s what I got in our driveway in Devonport.
With the old modem..
Download: 41.77 Mbps
Upload: 33.28 Mbps
Ping: 51 ms
With the new one in the same location, the same day.
Download: 94.6 Mbps
Upload: 29.6 Mbps
Ping: 41 ms
While I did the speedtest, as the dial only goes up to 60mbs, I was waiting for the guage to snap 🙂
Its fast. If you want one of these new shiny things and turbo charge your Netspeed connection, get in touch with the friendly crew at Netspeed.