Caleb McKee

What is QAM? 1024QAM in WiFi 6, explained.

Just like humans, computers have their own languages, but sometimes they require a translator to correspond. Thankfully, engineers have built technologies that compensate for disparities in digital communication. We explore QAM and how it turns data into receivable signals to share information. Progressing into the latest standard of WiFi 6, current QAM technology can handle more data than ever ...

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Caleb McKee

Understanding the WiFi ping test: How to reduce lag on your home network

When analyzing WiFi speed test results, the ping measurement is often overshadowed by the focus on download speeds. However, ping determines the stability of real-timeactivities like gaming and video conferencing. Similar to the way in which distance, pit stops, and unexpected obstacles can delay vehicular traffic, network traffic is also subject road blocksbetween its starting point and ...

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Vivian Susko

DOCSIS 4.0, Explained.

The cable industry first announced its vision for 10G back in January 2019: a cable broadband technology platform with the capability to deliver10 times faster speeds, lower latency, and higher-level security protocols to more connected devices. Driven by this initiative, CableLabs recently disclosed that DOCSIS 4.0 testing will begin as prototypes become available. Here’s everything you need to ...

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Caleb McKee

OFDMA vs OFDM explained

We've mentioned before that WiFi 6 can handle more devices than any of its predecessors, but how exactly is this possible? The answer lies in OFDMA technology, a key feature that helped take device handling to a whole new level.

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Vivian Susko

WiFi standards explained: Is WiFi 6 worth it?

If you’ve purchased a new smartphone, laptop, game console, or tablet with the “WiFi 6” designation on the box in the past year, then you already own devices with WiFi 6 compatibility. Originally announced by the WiFi Alliance in October of 2018, this most recent generation of wireless connection is becoming the new standard for WiFi devices rolling out onto the market. These products often carry ...

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Vivian Susko

What is a guest WiFi network and how do I set it up?

We live in a day and age where handing out your home’s WiFi password is as casual as getting a guest something to drink. It’s hospitable, and sometimes even expected. You want your friends and family to stay connected to the outside world, but every time you grant a new device access to your personal network, you're unknowingly exposing yourself to a variety of threats. Our advice? Create a guest ...

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Aaron Forbes

Internet speed explained

So, you’ve taken a speed test to find out what speeds you’re getting in your home. But with tricky terminology and a handful of numbers, what does it all mean? Here, we’ll break it all down so that you can get a better understanding of what internet speed is and how it affects your online experience.

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Aaron Forbes

What is WiFi 6?

The WiFi Alliance announced WiFi 6, a faster generation of WiFi service protocols, in 2018. This generation of WiFi builds off of the old framework of the now-designated WiFi 5 (802.11ac technology).

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Aaron Forbes

What is hardware acceleration for routers?

When it comes to configuring routers, it can be tricky to know what options to enable or disable in order to deliver the perfect internet experience. One of the most commonly known options is hardware acceleration, a term that some users may find familiar.

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Aaron Forbes

How do I test my WiFi speed at home?

Is your WiFi slow or laggy? Are you having connectivity problems? Whether you’re looking to test your WiFi speed to diagnose a problem or just to see if you have good download and upload speeds in general, there are several ways to go about it.

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