Why Do Old WiFi-Connected Devices Slow Down Your WiFi Network?
As laptops, smart phones and other WiFi-connected devices age, there’s an increased likelihood they may not operate as rapidly or efficiently as they did in the past. Relying on older electronic devices can result in a significantly slower WiFi network and slow the speeds of the newer devices on your network.
Additionally, old routers or other older electronic equipment may not be capable of handling multiple streams simultaneously, resulting in buffering video, slow-loading web pages, and dropped internet connections. If adding a new device to your network results in slower WiFi, it may be due to your older equipment’s limited ability to process multiple devices.
To make the most of the lightning-fast speed offered by your FiberFast WiFi —and optimize your internet experience—it’s important to remember that your WiFi is only as strong as its weakest link, which very often is your oldest device connected to your network, whether you’re using it or not.
Here are a few tips to improve your WiFi experience:
- Download the Red River Connect App from the app store of your device
- The app will allow you to manage your wireless network, including common tasks such as:
- Manage Wi-Fi SSID and passphrase
- Create guest networks
- Perform bandwidth tests
- Legacy devices can cause network performance issues and should be replaced with an up-to-date devices.
- Physical obstructions in homes, such as brick walls, cement walls, mirrors, and metal frames or siding, reduce the range of a Wi-Fi network by 25% or more.
- Keep this in mind as things (furniture, remodeling, etc.) may be moved within your home and service issues arise afterward.
- Wireless printers, streaming devices, gaming consoles and robot vacuums can degrade service due to battling Wi-Fi SSIDs.
- Connect devices via ethernet when possible
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting via Wi-Fi to avoid potential service issues.
As always, give our Customer Experience team a call at 701-553-83096 if you think you are experiencing slow internet. We are happy to help!