Test with Ethernet
While Wi-Fi works for many items, the only way to truly gage what speed you are getting is to test it using an Ethernet cable. Please visit casspolis.speedtest.net to run the correct test. FYI: If you’re using your own device to manage Wi-Fi, such as a personal router or Apple Time Capsule, then unplug your device and test directly from your MEC equipment.
Use Ethernet for Certain Activities
While Wi-Fi works well for a lot uses, some bandwidth-heavy activities, such as watching Ultra HD video on a TV, work more consistently when you connect via an Ethernet cable. Please note: no Wi-Fi—from any provider—can effectively deliver 1000 Mbps (our Gig package speed) due to the natural degradation that occurs when it travels.
Optimize your Wi-Fi
MEC routers offer both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. Try connecting as many devices as possible to 5 Ghz, which is faster and less prone to interference. However, keep in mind that 5 GHz can’t reach as far as 2.4 GHz. If you are trying to connect to Wi-Fi at the opposite side of the house, you might want to consider investing in a mesh satellite Wi-Fi extender that can reproduce the Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. Ideally, 3-4 bars on your device indicates a reliable signal.
Update Your Devices
Make sure all your devices are kept up to date and know that some devices are simply faster than others. If you notice issues on one particular device, try connecting the device to the 5GHz Wi-Fi band and using it in the same room as your router. If you still notice issues, it could be that your device needs upgraded.
Power Cycle Your Router
Performing a power cycle may be all you need to get things moving again. Watch our quick video tutorial on how to properly perform a power cycle on our Calix 844 GigaCenter router. If you have a different MEC router, please give us a call at 800.492.5989 and we can help.