To the Mom whose going back to school online. To the Dad who catches the news on that new tablet you got for Father’s Day. To the multitasking High School Senior who’s experiencing your first research paper and college class, while streaming Spotify on your phone and posting to Instagram that you’re #adulting.
The average U.S. home has 11 Wi-Fi devices. By 2017 it is projected we will have 5 Wi-Fi devices per person. Between cell phones, tablets, computers, TVs, video streaming devices, and Internet capable watches, those statistics shouldn’t surprise anyone. Do we understand how those devices are affecting our Internet connection?
When you order a High Speed Internet connection for your home or business, it comes in a designated speed: 10Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps, etc.
To make a technical discussion easier, let’s compare bandwidth to water pressure. The typical home has about 40-45psi of water pressure, which is controlled by a pressure regulator built into your water meter.
If you turn on your kitchen faucet, you will see the full available pressure come pouring out. What would happen if you opened every faucet and shower in your house full-blast and flushed all the toilets at the same time? You would be able to visibly see the water pressure drop.
The same thing happens with your Internet connection. If you only run one Wi-Fi device it will be able to run at full speed. When you add a second device, depending on your Internet speed, you might or might not see a noticeable difference. However, the more devices you add, the more your available Internet speed will split to provide a partial connection to each device. You will not be able to get full speed on every active device. So we’re saying…taking online exams, streaming the news and movies, browsing the internet, and crushing social media will affect your shared internet connection. If 5 people are just browsing, there’s a good chance you won’t see a noticeable slow-down, but if they’re a streaming high-def movies, and you’re trying to get some work done, you will see a stalled connection.