With so many people working from home due to COVID-19, we have had a number of people contact RB’s Computer Service complaining their new or “newer” work laptop is “very slow” when using it to work from home. After helping to troubleshoot upload and download speeds with their Internet Service Provider and confirming their laptop has the components to go fast but not the ability to do so, we have been finding the router is the issue. Just because a new laptop is fast, it may fall back to something slower because the access point or router does not support the protocol.RB’s Computer Service offers hassle-free consultations. We can help you troubleshoot speed issues and help you determine a router that best suits your needs.
You Probably Need an 802.11n or 802.11ac Wifi Router
If you need a new router to deliver the speed your laptop wants to go in, it will probably be one with an “802.11n” or “802.11ac” designation prominently displayed on it, like near the model number or brand name or logo. Most routers made within the past five years will support 802.11n, which at its peak can transfer upwards of 450Mbits/s, or around 56 megabytes per second (Chris Stobing, How-to Geek, What is 802.11ac, and Do I Need It?, July 12, 2017, https://www.howtogeek.com/234751/what-is-802.11ac-and-do-i-need-it/). Routers that are 802.11ac on the other hand are newer, having only been approved by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for consumers in 2014. It can max out at a stunning 1.3Gbits per second (162.5 MB/s), and the throughput of an 802.11ac enabled router is more than double of an 802.11n router. One caveat, an 802.11ac can only transmit over the 5Ghz spectrum (Chris Stobing, How-to Geek, What is 802.11ac, and Do I Need It?, July 12, 2017, https://www.howtogeek.com/234751/what-is-802.11ac-and-do-i-need-it/).
Choosing the Right WiFi is Critical to Get The Speed You Need
For a spectrum of routers that could work best for you, there is the 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b, to name a few. There are guides you can use (Click Here) to help you navigate which one makes the most sense, but your best bet to is contact RB’s Computer Service for a hassle-free consultation to save time and confusion. For example, some of the marketing terms used for the 802.11ac wireless routers can be misleading. Some retailers or manufactures will quote a single speed like “1.75Gbps (gigabits per second)” for its wireless router. But this does not mean it can perform at that maximum speed. “That figure is an amalgamation of both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz capabilities of the router. To achieve the 1.75Gbps figure, the vendor is adding up the 1.3Gbps speed of the 5GHz network with the 450Mbps speed of the 2.4GHz network. The total figure is the speed at which the router can run both networks (Elias Plastiras, PC World, How to set up a fast 802.11ac wireless network, April 4th, 2014, https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/542159/how_set_up_fast_802_11ac_wireless_network/).” RB’s Computer Service offers hassle-free consultations and we can help you troubleshoot and determine a router that best suits your needs.
To Navigate Which Router to Buy, Contact RB’s Computer Service
In addition to helping you determine a router that best suits your needs, RB’s Computer Service sells commercial-grade routers that prioritize security. Security is a major concern for employers and employees working from home with access to private, sometimes legally protected data. In fact, I recently wrote a blog highlighting the security benefits of commercial-grade routers (Click Here). For all of your computer or networking needs, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 763-441-3884. RB’s Computer Service offers Ransomware strategies, managed IT services, and virus and malware removal services. We sell the best commercial-grade firewall routers, best laptop computers, best desktop computers, business computers, computer parts, and computer monitors. We provide iPhone and smartphone repair, and tablet repairs to customers and clients throughout central Minnesota and St. Cloud.