With the broader demand for Internet services going sky-high (especially since the outbreak of the pandemic), consumers and commercial entities alike are upgrading to high-speed Internet infrastructure to avail uninterrupted online services. To this end, fiber systems are a scalable, affordable, and accessible option for home users, with adoption rates increasing by as much as 22% worldwide in 2019.
It’s clear that everyone wants a fiber-optic connection, but you may have a few questions about the service. In this quick guide, we’ve compiled the 3 most pertinent questions, as well as their answers.
Will Fiber Internet Improve Wi-Fi?
Before answering this question, it is important to understand the differences between Fiber Internet and Wi-Fi. Fiber-optic systems deliver an Internet connection to your home. Wi-Fi is a small device that lets you broadcast the Internet connection wirelessly to devices that can receive it. You can plug the fiber cable directly into your PC or your Wi-Fi. Most home users opt for the latter since it lets them connect all their devices to the Internet. The more devices you have, the more your Wi-Fi will struggle to keep up — this is not a limitation of fiber Internet.
This means that it is extremely important to invest in a modern, up-to-date Wi-Fi device.
The strength of your Wi-Fi connection depends, among other things, the distance from the router, whether it’s a 2.4 or 5 Ghz connection, and construction material (such as cinder). You may experience connection problems if you have too many devices connected simultaneously to your router.
Consider upgrading to a more capable router.
Pro tip: Check your room for ‘dead zones’ — areas that don’t receive a Wi-Fi signal. Once you have determined these areas, you can put up range extenders to provide a wireless connection to those areas.
Will Fiber Internet Make for Better Internet and TV Streaming?
The science is pretty clear on this one. Fiber optics can handle faster loading times than copper wiring. This allows for higher-quality streaming, low ping of less than 50 ms to stay competitive in online games, and less frustration overall.
At the time of writing, fiber optic outperforms existing technologies which face headwinds that fiber does not, such as noise asymmetry, attenuation, and latency, among others. Fiber optic wires consist of strands of glass or plastic that are less than the width of human hair. These wires are highly efficient at carrying pulses of light — which we all know is faster than everything else.
Moreover, fiber connections aren’t bound to the same limitations as copper, which gives it access to more bandwidth. This means that more people should be able to simultaneously use Internet services without interruption.
Should I Upgrade My Computer or Wireless Devices to Get the Most Out of Fiber?
The good news is that you can enjoy your fiber optic Internet connection right away. There is no need to invest in super expensive computers and devices, unless you’re a commercial entity that utilizes a professional-grade network.
For a commercial setting, we recommend investing in servers that can support mission-critical workloads. For home network connections, a regular computer and wireless device will get the job done. In either scenarios, our fiber optic connections will handle all tasks you throw at them effortlessly.
You may have a few more questions when choosing your Internet service provider. But the above should help you make an informed decision when signing up for fiber optic Internet services in Columbus.
Published: May 18, 2023