Get the Best Internet Experience

Make your Home Wi-Fi Friendly

First and foremost, evaluate the location of your router. Ideally it should be centrally located in your home and should not be hidden behind speakers or other electronics that can cause interference. Also, when practical and possible, place large furniture along the exterior walls of your home to prevent it from blocking signals. Finally, limit the use of mirrors as they ultimately decrease your Wi-Fi signal strength. 

Take Advantage of the Available Wi-Fi Frequency Bands

Your MEC router supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands. The main differences between these bands are range, speed and interference. 2.4 GHz can reach farther distances in your home but transmits data at a slower speed. Plus, it’s more prone to interference. As a result, we generally recommend connecting any compatible device to the 5.0 GHz band to maximize your speed and improve your overall internet experience. Check out this video to learn more:

Improve Wireless Range

Wi-Fi gets weaker as it travels long distances and through walls and floors . To improve signal strength throughout your home, you may want to consider investing in a mesh Wi-Fi satellite extender. This extender will carry your signal throughout your home and beyond. 

Use a Hardwired Connection for Certain Activities and Speeds

For video streaming on a TV, real-time gaming and other bandwidth-heavy activities, we recommend connecting the router via an Ethernet connection whenever possible and practical. Additionally, if you have subscribed to our Gig package and want to get the full 1,000 Mbps on a specific device, you will need an Ethernet and possibly a Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor.  Most devices are capable of only achieving 50Mbps on the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band and 100-200Mbps on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band. 

Choose the Right Internet Speed

Have you recently added new Wi-Fi devices to your home? Now might be a good time to evaluate your current internet package to ensure your speed still meets your needs. Visit broadbandnow.com to take a short quiz to help you determine the best speed for you.