Issues With Internet In Your House?

You are not alone. 

Most people suffer with this around the world, but no place is this more of an issue than Bermuda. Why? Couple of reasons.

  1. We have higher expectations of what we should get relative to what we are paying.
  2. A great deal of people do not understand the difference between internet to the home and Wifi in the home. Many consider this to be the same thing
  3. Our ability to cover the whole house with a single router is almost non-existent due to our thick concrete walls, even worse with old Bermuda stone water-logged walls; signal just does not penetrate. 

With only a single device in the home providing internet access via Wifi, coverage and most importantly performance will vary drastically as you move your device away from the router. We often get calls where someone is bemoaning how they are only getting half a Mb from their bedroom which is 4 rooms removed from the main router. They just think it should work, but reality and physics have other ideas. 

How do I fix this? What are my choices?

First off, if you are one of the few who a) don’t need coverage everywhere in the home, or b) performance is not an issue for you, well then lucky you! If on the other hand you are not happy with the range or performance in the house, then read on. 

Secondly, let’s just clarify something else. Let us assume for a minute that you are a Bluewave customer and you pay for a certain amount of internet access say 25 Mbps and you actually get 25 Mbps to the house, like our customers report they do and you confirm this by running a speed test to http://speedtest.bluewave.bm next to the router. However, when you move to another part of the house and run the same test, you get markedly lower speed results. Is this bad internet service? No, this is poor Wifi coverage inside the home. Well who’s responsibility is this? Like most things in the home, this is the home owner’s issue to combat, but don’t be alarmed there are a few choices. 

Sometimes it might be as easy as just relocation of the router to a more central spot in the home. You may have to extend the wiring to the router in order to do this. There are also on the market nowadays wireless mesh extenders that do a great job of extending the signal from your main router though the add on mesh points to increase coverage and performance in the house. They very greatly in price and individual results do vary again, depending on the individual home. 

I have tried many of these extenders over time from Linksys, Apple, Cisco, Ubiquiti and Luma to name a few. All have their pro’s and cons, but the one I am currently using and offer to our customers as a less expensive alternative to using actual wired access points in every room, (by far the best solution) is the Amplifi solution from Ubiquiti.

You can buy a 3 pack, which comes with one sexy looking cubed router as seen in the pic above, along with two mesh point extenders, or you can simply buy the extenders. 

AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System

 

Currently on Amazon Prime users can pick up the full kit for a little over $300 first cost, but the extenders alone can be bought for about $110 each. With shipping and duty the price increases of course, but this has been the most stable system I have deployed yet. 

Here’s a quick ad showing the Amplifi:

How does it work? 

 

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