Internet speed and routers. What you should know.

First question; what kind of products are you using?

  • Router/modem combo? or Modem and third party router? 

Examples of a few router/modem combos below:

Shaw modem/router combo

Shaw modem/router combo

Telus modem/router combo

Telus modem/router combo

Common Issues with using modem/router combo.

  • Very bad reception
  • Slow WiFi streaming speeds
  • Poor traffic management

Testing your download  and upload speed

Questions you need to answer about your internet speed

What download and upload speed should you get from your provider? 

Is your download and upload speed the same wired as wireless?

If you are having problems with your modem/router combo its time to buy a third party router.

STOP THINKING YOU DO NOT NEED A HIGHER PERFORMANCE ROUTER, ALMOST EVERY NEW PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY YOU BUY WILL USE WIRELESS. SPEND A LITTLE MONEY, SAVE YOURSELF FROM HEADACHES, AND WASTING YOUR  TIME.

Three Asus routers I recommend:

Asus RT-N66U

  • Small house or apartment
  • 1500 sq feet or less

Asus RT-AC68U

  • House with more that 5 wireless devices
  • 2000 sq feet or less

Asus RT-AC87U

  • House with 10 wireless devices or more
  • 3000 sq feet or less

I have used each one of these routers and have had very good luck with the longevity and performance of these products. I currently use Asus RT-AC87U modem because I run more the 10 wireless products in my house. These routers also have great traffic management software and will out perform every modem/router combo. 

After you buy a third party router. Ask your internet provider to bridge your modem/router combo (turns your modem/router just into modem). 

 

 

Online Storage

The options for online storage are growing everyday. How can you pick which service is right for you? First you need to find out how much data you need to store. Is it just important files? Your pictures? Finished video projects? All of the above? I will evaluate my top three picks below.

Dropbox

Dropbox

  • $11.99 a month or $143.88 a year for 1TB
  • Fast upload and download
  • Integrates with Windows, Mac, Android, Ios, and Blackberry
  • Simple online file editing
  • Highest rated and I have had the least amount of issues with dropbox
OneDrive

OneDrive

  • This subscription is for office 365 Home
    • 1-year subscription
    • For 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 5 phones
    • Fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more
    • 1TB cloud storage per user for up to 5 users
    • Ongoing access to updates
  • $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year for 1TB
  • Integrates with Windows, Mac, Android, ios, and Blackberry
  • Advanced online file editing
  • Slower upload and download (Still works well)
  • I have issue with syncing and slow upload speeds
Google Drive

Google Drive

  • $9.99 a month or $119.88 a year for 1TB
  • Fast upload and download
  • Integrates with Windows, Mac, Android, ios, and Blackberry
  • Simple online file editing
  • Only a few issue I have experienced with syncing 

 

Best Value = OneDrive (Office 365 Home subscription)

Best speeds and reliability = Dropbox

 

The online storage provider I use is OneDrive. I have the Office 365 Home subscription and take full advantage of all of its features. New office updates, online file editing (when I'm on the go), Multiple Microsoft office  installs for up to 5 users.  I have run into a few syncing issues, but the overall value is why I use OneDrive for my online storage.