The next generation of WiFi

The next generation of WiFi

Robert Webbe explains how to create the perfect WiFi

When Steve Jobs introduced the first laptop with WiFi in 1999, I immediately thought "I want that too!". I could already see myself sitting anywhere around the house instead of always at my PC. I bought it the minute it was available and I think I was one of the first in the country to have it. For the first few years it worked great. No one else around me had WiFi so there was no disturbance whatsoever. However, WiFi became popular, very popular.

Nearly every residential and commercial building now has one or more WiFi points, which causes many disruptions between them. You could compare it with a meeting with many people. With few people present, it’s easy to have a conversation. But as it gets busier, you have to make more and more effort to understand the other person (and make yourself understood). Which is exactly what happens with WiFi.

We first try solving this at home by installing an extra WiFi point upstairs. But that doesn’t necessarily always work, your mobile device will remain connected to the WiFi point downstairs, because it is still within 'earshot'. Your device will only search for alternatives once the connection is disconnected. One solution is to switch the WiFi off and on to stimulate that search. But that’s a bit of a hassle.

WiFi technology has since evolved. Nowadays we have mesh WiFi, also known as super good WiFi. This technique doesn’t make use of individual WiFi points, but automatically creates one large network by combining all available WiFi points. This creates seamless coverage throughout your home. The WiFi points also communicate with each other, so that the network automatically chooses the best route for the fastest possible connection. If there is signal disruption somewhere along the way because your neighbours happen to be downloading something, a different route will automatically be chosen. You get the very best result by connecting all WiFi points via an internet cable. But if that’s impossible to achieve, the WiFi points simply communicate wirelessly with each other.

I like trying new things. If a lot of people are talking about a new technology, I want to try it out. I was ready for the ultimate test. A good friend of mine lives in a flat in Rotterdam. There were so many WiFi signals intermixed there that it’s almost impossible to get a good connection. We installed and tested a set of Ziggo smart WiFi boosters together. He’s now able to browse the internet quickly and without any problems in all rooms. Amazing! From that moment on I was convinced. If this new WiFi even works there, it will work everywhere.

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