What’s the deal with WiFi?

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Nearly every device that connects to the Internet today does so using WiFi. Everything from tablets to refrigerators to TVs are WiFi enabled.

WiFi is the technology that allows wireless routers to transform a corded Internet connection into a wireless signal. Without this router, every device would need a cord to connect to the Internet.

Can you imagine carrying a cord around the house every time you want to access the Internet? What a hassle. WiFi doesn’t replace your Internet connection. It merely enhances it.

Perhaps it’s easiest to think of WiFi in terms of water. Internet comes to your house through a cable similar to how water comes to your house through a pipe. The WiFi router distributes your Internet signal just like a sprinkler distributes your water.

WiFi always works perfectly, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Wireless signals are susceptible to interference from everyday household appliances like microwaves, cordless phones, or even other WiFi routers (especially if you live in an apartment building). However, newer routers do a better job of overcoming interference than early routers once did.

WiFi also has a limited range. That means the farther you are from the router, the slower your speed will be. The number of devices you have connected to a router also makes a difference. WiFi has limited radio frequency spectrum. Because of this, too many devices trying to connect at the same time can cause a traffic jam, leading to slower speeds.

What kind of WiFi router do I need?
We recommend a dual band AC router that supports 2.4 GHZ and 5.0 GHz. Alliance has an easy router solution.

A router incapable of delivering sufficient throughput is a bottleneck for your entire network. Going back to our water example, an insufficient router would be like using a drinking straw to provide water to your house.

For more information, dial 611 from any Alliance phone or call (605) 582-6311 from your cell phone.

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