Wednesday, October 18, 2017
When it comes to Internet speeds there are a lot of variables. Let's make it easy. If your using cellular data for Internet purposes the best way to go is with a 4g Lte Hotspot or a Router specially made for the carrier you choose. Just like a cell phone if your in the basement of a home out in the country or in a metal building your definitely not going to optimize your signal and speed. The same goes with your hotspot or router. Some devices come with external antenna ports to point a directional antenna twords a known tower. In this case you can pretty much put your device anywhere that is in proximity to where you are accessing data. The best action you can take however is to place the device near a window that is facing the direction of the tower in the predominate area you access data. Now you can move your device around if you choose to locate the sweet spot. The favored application to test how fast your connection is Speedtest by ookla. It is readily available in the apple or play store. OK, so Speeds. Do not pay attention to the number of bars as that is not a solid indicator of what your going to get for speed. In the worst of fair conditions, about 5 miles from a tower, your going to get between 3-5 Mbps this is about 7-10 times faster than telephone land line dial-up. The closer you get the less distance the data has to travel over the air so the faster it becomes. If your looking to stream Netflix you will get buffering until you hit 7-8 Mbps. That will vary but is a good base. The number of devices running at one time on your network will also effect your experience. Take a look at the videos at www.adventure-wireless.com they will explain tri-band routers and how data transfer is handled. Oh, in excellent coverage areas you can expect speeds in excess of 30Mbps. That's 60 times faster than dial-up, and that is conservative.
Posted by Adventure Wireless at 5:19 PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The truth of the matter is, not really. I have been following all of the major networks due to my involvement with www.adventure-wireless.com. This is what I know, Every single plan available thru the main four carriers pitch Unlimited Data plans. What the average person doesn't realize is although it is unlimited the speeds can be adjusted at any point. This means that you could have a certain amount of data at full speed usually 4g LTE then it is systematically slowed down to the 90's dial-up speeds. That's right snail pace watch the hourglass turn for hours. With today's applications, websites and picture sizes, downloading and uploading your daughters' 5th B-day pictures is just not going to happen. Yes, you have Unlimited data but usable data is set at a certain choke or "Throttle" Point. So what can you do about this? Be careful and ask the right questions. www.Adventure-Wireless.com has a couple of different plans available. Only one of those plans has a set "Throttle" point but even that is at 32GB of data. Check out my other blogs to get an understanding of how much data is used with certain tasks, Email, picture sharing, facebook, video watching etc... Each of the top four providers has plans outside their brick and mortar and online stores. That's where companies like www.Adventure-wireless.com can broker the optimal plan for your needs. In short, dont be duped into a contracted Internet data plan that will leave you fuming.
Posted by Adventure Wireless at 5:13 PM