Understanding Internet Speeds
Here at Wire 3, we strive to provide you with the fastest internet service possible. So what do we mean, when we say speed?
Speed describes the rate a particular internet access service can transmit data. This capacity is measured by the number of megabits (Mbps) or gigabits (Gbps) that can be transmitted in one second. 1 Gbps = 1,000 Mbps… which means our 10 Gbps plan is 10,000Mbps or about 20 times faster than traditional cable internet service.
How Connections Can Impact Speed
Your equipment and connections can affect your internet speed. To optimize our service, we provide you with a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi router, free-of-charge.
These routers allows you to access your internet through either a wired Ethernet connection or a Wi-Fi connection.
A Wired connection uses Ethernet cables plugged into the Ethernet port on your router and are the most dependable way to deliver the highest speed to your devices. For the best results, we recommend using a Cat5e Ethernet cable for speeds up to 1Gbps and a Cat6e cable to access the fastest speeds in Florida – up to 10Gbps.
A Wireless (Wi-Fi) connection allows you to move freely without being hindered by cables, but Wi-Fi connection speeds vary depending on a number of factors:
- The age and technology of your router
- Your proximity to the router
- Signal strength and speed can be impacted by interior and exterior walls
- How many devices are connected to your network
Your Wire 3 Technician can help you navigate all of these challenges to optimize your service throughout your home.
How Your Devices Handle Speed
Whether it’s a phone, tablet, computer or smart device, everything that connects to the internet has a maximum possible speed. And, it’s important to note, that sometimes that maximum speed might not be as fast as your Wire 3 service plan. For example, if you have a 1Gbps internet plan, but your smart only supports 100Mbps, you’ll be stuck at 100 Mbps.
How Can I Test My Speed?
There are many free sites to check your speed (one of our favorites is www.fast.com!). Remember that wired connections are the most dependable method to gauge your service speed as Wi-Fi speed results may be impacted but your device’s limitations. So when you test, test with a a Wired connection for the most accurate results.