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Wireless Home Networking with FairlawnGigTM

When you upgrade to FairlawnGig for your residential Internet connection, your home network will get better too. Our experience with the early FairlawnGig residential installations confirms that the FairlawnGig ONT does a fantastic job of filling your entire house with high quality Wi-Fi.

With the improved Wi-Fi, you will finally experience the full potential of the newer high technology gadgets in your home. Modern laptops, Smart TVs, set top boxes, video streaming devices, gaming consoles, and the latest tablets and smartphones will operate much faster than before from anywhere in your house. Even your older Wi-Fi devices will work better, with the biggest improvement being extended range.

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Home Networking Expectations

With FairlawnGig, your home Internet connection will be faster and more consistent, and your home Wi-Fi should deliver that improved performance throughout your house.

Before upgrading to FairlawnGig, it is a good idea to understand the performance of your current home network.

  • How fast is your Internet connection from a wired computer?
  • How fast is your Internet connection when you connect with wireless device right next to the router?
  • How fast is your network when you connect wirelessly from the other side of the house?
  • Are there problem areas where it is impossible to connect to the network at all?

If you understand the limits of your current network we will be able to address those issues during your install, and confirm that you are getting all of the expected performance improvements with FairlawnGig.

How fast is your current home network?

A simple way to test the performance of your home network is  to run Speedtest, a web based network performance test from Ookla at speedtest.net. There are compatible Speedtest apps for Android, IOS, Windows, Mac OS and even AppleTV. When you run a Speedtest, it sends files from your computer or mobile device to a server on the Internet and back to your device and measures the time it takes to transfer that data.

OOKLA speed test

Speedtest results from a typical cable connection, 20 megabits per second (Mbps) Down and 2 Mbps Up, tested from an iPad.

When testing from a wired computer, or from a wireless device located near your wireless router, your Speedtest results should be very close to what your Internet service plan offers. In this case, with a traditional 20 Down, 2 Up Internet service, the Wi-Fi network in the house is much faster than the Internet speed. A Speedtest from the same wireless device on the other side of the house is a different story. In this case, the iPad got 4.18 Mbps Down and 1.66 Up, much slower than the advertised rate of 20 Mbps Down and 2 Mbps Up. The performance of Wi-Fi devices varies depending on device type, age of the device and most importantly, location. The results for this Speedtest were limited by the wireless performance. The iPad was on the opposite side of the house, the Wi-Fi signal was weaker and that was the limiting factor in the Speedtest.

Below are Speedtest results on an iPad Air 2 from one of our first FairlawnGig residential customers with the Gigabit service.

The FairlawnGig ONT was installed in a home office in a corner of the main floor. The first Speedtest was done in the same room as the FairlawnGig ONT.

FairlawnGig speedtest

A Speedtest near the ONT router resulted in 321 Mbps Down and 255 Mbps Up. Note the A+ Grade.

The next Speedtest (below) was done while walking around in the center of the house, one or two rooms away from the ONT.

FairlawnGig speedtest

From the center of the main floor, the results were 205 Mbps Down and 261 Mbps Up, still an A+ Grade.

The third Speedtest (below) was done from the other side of the house in a room where there was no Wi-Fi coverage before. The results of 102 Mbps down and 36 Mbps up is a great improvement and illustrates both benefits of upgrading to FairlawnGig: a more reliable and consistent Internet connection and better Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home.

FairlawnGig speedtest

At the farthest corner of the house, the test was 102 Mbps Down and 36 Mbps Up. Grade A.

This customer signed up for Gigabit service, which is 1000 Down and 1000 Up. These Speedtest results are great, but why aren’t they closer to 1000 by 1000? Many factors may restrict the performance of a Speedtest. For these tests, the iPad cannot go much faster than 300 Mbps over Wi-Fi, so our Speedtest results from that device will never reach 1000 Mbps. If we tested from a laptop that is wired to the FairlawnGig ONT, we would see results that are close to 1000 Mbps Down and 1000 Mbps Up.

Where’s the speed bottleneck?

Speedtest is end-to-end, testing your Internet connection and measuring the speed of the connection between the device you are testing from and a server out on the Internet. But there are many other factors included in the test that affect the results. These include:

  • the speed of the Internet server;
  • the speed of the Internet access on the server side;
  • the Internet transfer speed;
  • the speed of the Internet access from your Internet service provider;
  • your Internet connection speed (your service plan); and
  • the speed of the network connection in your home.

Your Speedtest results will be no better than the weakest link in this chain.

With slow Internet service plans like traditional cable (20 by 2) or FairlawnGig Basic service (30 by 30), your Internet service plan is the bottleneck. The Internet servers can go faster, your home network can go faster, and your home wired and wireless devices can go faster than your data plan allows. When you run Speedtest in this case, the results will usually be similar to your Internet service plan speeds.

When you upgrade to a Gigabit Internet connection from FairlawnGig, you are moving the bottleneck. The Internet servers may be slower than a gigabit. Your home network may be slower than a gigabit. With a Gigabit Internet connection, your Speedtests will be close to 1000 Down, 1000 Up when you are testing from a computer connected to the ONT with an Ethernet cable. Our experience suggests that a wired Ethernet computer will usually run Speedtest at around 950 Down and 950 Up over the FairlawnGig Gigabit service. Wireless devices in your home may not be able to match those speeds.

Potential Speedtest Results for Different Devices and Locations with a Gigabit Plan

The table below shows an estimate of the potential speed of different devices in your home network with FairlawnGig’s Gigabit plan. If you run a Speedtest from your phone, the best you can do is 250 Mbps down. If that phone is tested from the farthest edge of the Wi-Fi network, the Speedtest may drop to 50 Mbps.

Gigabit Plan: 1000 Mbps Wired Computer Wi-Fi Laptop Wi-Fi Tablet Wi-Fi Phone Older Wi-Fi Devices (5+ years)
Same Room 1000 450 300 250 20
Next Room 1000 350 250 150 8
Far Corner of House 1000 150 100 50 2

For FairlawnGig Premium service, which is 100 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up, the Speedtest should be very close to 100 by 100 from most devices. The only limitation will be very old (5+ years) Wi-Fi devices or when the Wi-Fi devices are tested at the far edge of the network.

The FairlawnGig Basic service is 30 by 30 and it is likely the Speedtest bottleneck. All devices on your home network should be able to achieve Speedtest results in the range of 30 by 30 except very old (5+ years) Wi-Fi devices.

Give Wi-Fi a Chance!

There is a great Wi-Fi Access Point built into the FairlawnGig ONT that is included with residential service plans. This Wi-Fi AP uses the latest wireless technology and can spread a strong Wi-Fi signal all over your house. The placement of your FairlawnGig ONT plays an important role in the performance of your home network. Try to place the ONT (and included Access Point) in an open area. If our installers mount the ONT on a wall, please don’t put obstructions in front of the ONT. FairlawnGig’s installers will advise you on the best placement for the ONT at the time of your installation. The same advice goes for the other Wi-Fi devices in your home network. If you have game consoles or video streaming devices that are wirelessly connected to your network, try to put them in an open area as well. A Playstation 4 on a desk will work a lot better than one on the floor in the corner.

best placement for the FairlawnGig ONT

The same advice goes for the other Wi-Fi devices in your home network. If you have game consoles or video streaming devices that are wirelessly connected to your network, try to put them in an open area as well. A Playstation 4 on a desk will work a lot better than one on the floor in the corner. When you upgrade to FairlawnGig, consider upgrading some of your older Wi-Fi devices. The FairlawnGig ONT works really well with newer, dual-band Wi-Fi devices. Older Wi-Fi devices (5+ years) may work at greater range with the FairlawnGig ONT but they will not be able to go any faster.

FairlawnGig will be an upgrade for both your Internet connection and your in-home network. Be smart about the placement of your FairlawnGig ONT and you will be rewarded with better network performance throughout your home. Understand your current home network limitations and let us know what you would like to improve when we install FairlawnGig. If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for FairlawnGig Internet service here.