Cable manufacturers are likely to be celebrating new research from Broadband Choices, a consumer site that compares broadband packages and works for improvements in internet access in the UK. That is because the site has uncovered evidence of significant “Wi-Fi woes” for many internet users – and suggests a return to direct cable connections as an alternative.
In 62% of cases, Wi-Fi broadband users have had problems with their connection, usually due to slow data speeds while streaming video or music, or even when on a social network.
The good news for cable manufacturers is that Broadband Choices’ first suggestion is to plug the computer directly into a wired network connection on the router. “You need to find out what broadband speed you’re getting first,” the company explains. “Do this by using a free speed tester using both wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) connections to see if you really are losing speed by going wireless.” In some environments, cable shielding and braided cables can help to overcome any magnetic or electrical fields that might distort a wireless signal.
Cable shielding can help to cut down on the disturbances these fields can cause to the data signal, while braided cables can minimise electromagnetic interference – making sure any slowing in the data transfer is not caused by environmental factors.