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You Likely Need More than One Wi-Fi AP

Posted by Todd Mersch on 31 January 2017

I’d like to start off by saying how excited and humbled we are with the overwhelmingly positive response to our Home Wi-Fi Advisor tool. Both the number of press outlets covering the launch as well as the significant number of individuals who have engaged with the tool is more than we could have imagined. In the 48 hours following the press announcement we had more than 3 times the population from our soft-launch. To that end, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the interesting findings from this larger responding population:

  • Even with the larger population, the average person needs at least two routers to provide the coverage and performance they demand.
  • That could be because almost 40% of people want coverage OUTSIDE of their home. Being a SoCal resident I can tell you I’m in that camp for sure, but it’s not just outdoor access for our smart devices that drives the need. Wi-Fi enabled cameras, door bells, etc. need good coverage too
  • People have a lot of devices – 13.6 on average – now that is certainly inflated based on our technology-focused audience, but who would have thought just a few years ago we’d have that many things connecting to Wi-Fi in the home?
  • The peak data / average data rates of 40 Mbps / 24 Mbps seem to be about the baseline for most, but our model only includes HD video – when moving to 4K, this number can easily double if not quadruple.

Even more fun has been the requests for additional information and comments provided. Needless to say, a number of folks had colorful feedback for their ISPs – whose names I’ll take to the grave. All I can say is: rest assured your service providers are not only aware but embarking on a path to make your Wi-Fi experience better. They may not always move at lightning speed, but when they roll out the necessary tools, you can forget about fiddling with the Wi-Fi and focus on that new Netflix binge-worthy series. Thanks again for all the support and keep a lookout for more news in the coming weeks!

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