I spend a decent amount of time working with wireless internet, routers and WiFi. I actually started this blog as I’m seeing a very-real need for internet users to start using dual band routers. Beyond that, though, there are many, many different questions that people have and problems that they face with their WiFi, routers or wireless internet. That’s what this post is about: helping to provide answers to some of those questions.
As an ISP technician, I interact with a lot of people who are having internet-related troubles. While dealing with trouble tickets or service calls, there are some instances of actual problems with internet service or a hardware issue somewhere of course, but the majority of these customer internet problems boil down to a misunderstanding of how internet service, electronics and/or WiFi works. Specifically the latter. This is why I’ve created this post, to try and help clear up this specific point up. Even as an everyday, average internet user with zero technical aspirations, having a better understanding of how WiFi works can significantly improve your experience using the internet in your home. Continue reading “Are WiFi and Internet the same thing?”
Streaming video can take up a lot of the bandwidth your ISP provides you. In fact, if you have less than a 10Mbps internet connection, a couple of simultaneous video streams can potentially slow down any other type of internet usage significantly. However, with this guide and a mikrotik router, you can limit video-streaming bandwidth so that it doesn’t eat up all of your available bandwidth.
Even though I primarily started this site to talk about dual-band routers, there are probably going to be a lot of Mikrotik guides and how-tos in here… I use them personally and professionally, and I like playing around with them in general.
Keeping wireless networks running smoothly can be a challenge, especially when you’re working with unlicensed frequencies and support hundreds or thousands of wireless connections. A tactic used by WISPs and other wireless network operators is to change frequencies on noise-affected devices, and changing frequencies may very well smooth out problematic connections. However, there is always the potential for unintended negative consequences, and this is what this post is about: being able to identify problems that arise due to frequency changes.