Getting the Best Out of Your Multigig Service (Residential)
MEC currently delivers its 5 gig service via four ethernet ports and one Wi-Fi port. If you are seeking 5 gig speeds via one port, we recommend that you use your own router at this time.
Here are the recommended router specs:
- Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) compatibility or above
- Dual-band or quad-band networking
- 10-Gigabit Ethernet port (minimum 2 ports) or above
- Minimum one 5GBASE-T RJ-45 (Ethernet) for 5 Gig
- Minimum one 10GBASE-T RJ-45 (Ethernet) for 8 Gig
- WPA2 security protocols or above
Ensure your devices, including computers, smartphones, smart TVs, and other connected devices are Wi-Fi 6 compatible in order to reach the fastest possible speeds. Older devices with outdated network interfaces will not be able to fully utilize higher speeds.
Click here to check your devices’ internet capabilities. Even with newer devices, it’s important to keep them updated with the latest firmware. Older firmware may slow down your devices.
Wired Connections Are Faster
Ethernet connections are always faster than Wi-Fi because your device is directly connected to the internet.
Ensure your devices have Ethernet ports that can handle 10-Gigabit speeds or higher. If they don’t, an adapter, also known as a dongle, rated at 10-Gig or higher, can do the trick (just make sure it’s compatible with your device before you buy).
You’ll also need an Ethernet cable labeled as Cat6 or above for shorter distances, or Cat6A/Cat7 or above for longer distances. This information is usually printed on the side of the cable.
Wi-Fi has many more limitations when it comes to speed, especially multi-gig speeds:
- Your devices’ capabilities. The speeds your devices can reach depend greatly on things like hardware and up-to-date firmware. For more information about things that can affect your devices’ internet speeds, click here.
- Wireless interference. Signals from other devices like baby monitors, microwaves, garage door openers, and more can mess with your Wi-Fi signal. Building materials can also interfere. When possible, turn off any unnecessary devices, and make sure there’s nothing blocking your router.
- Distance from your router. The closer your device is to your router, the faster its Wi-Fi signal typically is. If your Wi-Fi connection seems slower than usual, try moving closer to your router.
- Your home’s wiring. Outdated or poorly installed wiring could limit the speed and performance of your connection.
Our 5 gig is intended to help ensure that all connected devices benefit simultaneously from really high speeds. If you have further questions, we recommend contacting an IT expert or contacting us.