Broadband Speed Broadband Speed

Nov 17, 2021, 7:04:37 AM Tech and Science

We have discussed speedtest and improving your connection in a previous article but thanks to Mayo Fibre Broadband provider, there is an opportunity to learn more how to make your connection work the best for you and your family! Let’s get started then!

Hidden router

These devices are often not displayed for aesthetic reasons. We hide them somewhere deep behind a cupboard or desk. When it comes to more open rooms, it is not uncommon for them to be placed next to a TV and a decoder. In both cases we are acting wrongly. A hidden router loses signal strength, which results in a slower connection. Of course, if you use the 'wired' network it doesn't matter, the router can be hidden then.

However, we should avoid placing it near another electrical device. Regardless of whether we connect via Wi-Fi or a network cable. The electromagnetic field that any electrical device generates can interfere with the router and slow down its performance as a result.

Replacing Wi-Fi with a network cable

If you want maximum speed that won't be easily interrupted - there's no other way than to connect a network cable to your computer/laptop. Something that is an absolute must when it comes to online gaming will also bring tangible results during your daily work, or surfing the internet. This form of connection allows you to reach the maximum speed offered by the operator.

Virus-infected system

Any malicious software can also affect your ability to connect. If your computer has been infected, you should take the appropriate steps to remove the dangerous software.

How to check your Internet speed? Step-by-step guide

The whole procedure basically boils down to entering a given website, which provides such services, and clicking on a large, clearly marked field. Then give the website a moment - it will check the possibilities of our connection and display an appropriate summary message.

Test results - how to interpret them?

The test is done, the website informs us of the results. How to read them? We are more interested in three basic pieces of information that practically every website that allows us to check the speed of our Internet informs us about. These are as follows:

Download speed - the speed required to download any data that is placed on an external server. It decides the speed at which pages are loaded, files are downloaded and many other aspects of everyday Internet browsing. Would it be possible though to have a subpar performance if you choose a 1000Mbps fibre connection provided by Mayo Fibre Broadband? We do think everyone who goes this direction is a lucky web surfer!

Upload speed - this speed tells you how fast you are sending any information from your device to the server. It will always be significantly lower than the download speed - this is a deliberate design.

Ping - a tool to measure the latency between your computer and an external server

Latency is nothing more than the time it takes for information to be sent, for the external server to receive it and for feedback to be sent back to your device (usually calculated in milliseconds). Download and upload speeds are given in Mbps or Gbps (megabits per second or gigabits per second). The test performed will also be different in many cases from what is stated on the contract. This has to do with a number of factors that have a real impact on connection speed (time of day, type of disk, settings, network card configuration, programs running in the background, etc.). So always remember that subtle deviations from the norm are not something that should raise an alarm.

The first two values, of course, should ideally be as high as possible. However, when it comes to ping - the lowest ensures the best possible comfort. This is especially true for online gaming, where pings over 100 ms have a real impact on the deterioration of game quality.

So now you know what you can do to make your connection work for you and what I want to wish you is – Best Speeds!

Published by Tom Clark

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