Wi-fi Speeds Average 30% Slower Than Fixed Broadband

A recent study has found that users relying on their home Wi-Fi connections are getting slower speeds than their fixed line broadband connections.

According to BBC News, the study conducted over a million tests across 14,000 home Wi-Fi connections in the UK, Spain, US and Italy. The study found that on average Wi-Fi speeds were 30 per cent lower than the speeds coming into homes.

The research found that users were tolerating slower speeds because of the freedom offered by Wi-Fi connections. Another factor that makes people ignore slow speeds is the type of web activity the connection is used for.

When surfing the web or checking emails, there is hardly any difference between a 50 Mbps and 8 Mbps Wi-Fi connection. The difference is noticeable when people perform data intensive activities like movie streaming, downloading and VoIP calls.

Iain Wood of network measurement firm Epitiro, which conducted the study, said in a statement, “There seems to be a disconnect between the ISPs striving to deliver faster speeds and consumers who are happy to accept slower wi-fi speeds.”

He also suggested some methods on how to improve Wi-Fi connectivity like changing the channel of the Wi-Fi router to reduce interference from other signals. Signal interference can also be caused by TV remotes, baby monitors and cordless phones.