The lowdown on the latest WiFi router in Singapore.
The Linksys EA8100 router is tailor-made for congested network spaces and apartment set-ups. But how does it really work?
You’ve maxed out your network speeds to 1Gbps, you’ve placed the router in an optimal position, and even kept the fish tank out of the way. But your connection still remains spotty at best, what gives?
Perhaps, what you need is the latest router in the market that helps you overcome this problem with a feature called Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS). But first, let’s explore what may be the cause of your slow network speeds.
Imagine yourself scanning the available WiFi networks in your home, only to find more than 20 networks available in the vicinity belonging to your neighbours below, above or beside you. With a multitude of WiFi networks crowding the space, there will be interference to your connection - or congestion.Couple that with 5-10 devices connected on one network in a single home, and you have a “traffic jam” in the network space.
Traditionally, regular WiFi routers are only allowed to operate on 9 out of 25 channels on the 5GHz spectrum. The other channels are typically reserved for official uses.
It may sound like a whole bunch of tech-garble to you, but think of it this way: there are 9 queues to enter a theme park, and the other 16 lines are reserved for VIPs. This means that all households in Singapore that are connected through WiFi must operate on one of these 9 channels.
With so many households on so little channels, your connection speeds will inevitably be compromised.