Wi-Fi speed and coverage explained
Understanding the difference between internet speed and Wi-Fi speed is important. Internet speed is speed that is stated on your internet speed plan I.e. Upto 25Mbps . Think of internet speed as the “pipe” that enters your home. Once inside the home, all your personal devices that need to access the internet are connected to the Smarthub via Wi-Fi.
In the case of Wi-Fi connected devices, your internet gets distributed and shared amongst all your Wi-Fi personal devices that you use. The Wi-Fi speeds that you can attain depend on various factors that are explained in this article.
What is Wi-Fi coverage?
Wi-Fi coverage is the quality of your signal over a certain distance that enables you to connect your personal devices to the internet seamlessly.
Wi-Fi coverage behaves similarly to music playing from a speaker. The closer you are to the speaker, the better quality and clearer you can hear the music. Like listening to music, your Wi-Fi signal is stronger (and faster) the closer you are to your Smarthub. As you move further away from your Smarthub, Wi-Fi signals lose intensity, which is why the quality of your connection decreases. At some point, you might move far enough that you will simply be out of range and have no Wi-Fi signal at all.
How much coverage is provided?
There is no simple rule to calculate the amount of coverage smarthub will offer. For everyday use, like surfing websites, streaming videos or sharing photos, your Wi-Fi network will provide great coverage throughout your home.
The speeds you can achieve within various coverage areas varies with distance from the Smarthub along with other factors.
Your Smarthub will be able to provide coverage throughout your home. On average, maximum speeds and best coverage are achievable within 2000 sq ft* around your Smarthub. As you move into further coverage zones, your speeds will slow down.
The size of each coverage zone depends on your usage and home’s unique characteristics. Here are some of the key factors that impact your Wi-Fi coverage and speeds:
- Home construction materials that block Wi-Fi signals
- E.g. concrete, brick and heated floors
- Electronic devices that emit interference to your Wi-Fi signals
- E.g. microwaves, baby monitors and bluetooth speakers
- Home decorations that reflect or distort Wi-Fi signals
- E.g. mirrors and fish tanks
Your setup and usage
- Distance from your Smarthub
- Location of your Smarthub
- Off the ground, generally on a table
- Clear of electronic obstacles
- Your personal device's age and technology limitations
- Older smartphones and some newer smart TVs have fewer Wi-Fi antennas
- Your Internet speed plan
- Number of devices in your home are using Wi-Fi at the same time