Recently a customer asked me this question:
I thought this question deserved a decemt answer and I wrote him this:"Is there a way to check the speed of my wireless connection? I get this "buffering" thing from time to time... I just want to make sure I am getting a high-speed wireless connection."
- You need to know if - and if yes what speed your ISP has promised, or sold to you.
Without that bottom line all else is futile.
- If you have a "line of sight" wireless system like Bertram Wireless' or Netwurx' then even small obstacles between your antenna and the tower can wreak havoc with your connection speed.
With these systems even the slightest vibration or movement of your antenna will wreak havoc with your connection speed. Is the antenna really solidly mounted or can it ever so little move or shake? Think strong, gusty winds...
- If you have wireless, DSL or cable consider that all you get is an equal "slice" of the total capacity of the ISP's installation. You share that capacity with everybody else serviced through that installation.
If at certain times of the day many people start to watch videos on the computer or are streaming music than everybody gets a smaller "slice" of the available capacity.
- Buffering typically is a sign that your connection is not fast enough for example to sustain watching a video.
- ISP's contracts are likely written by specialized lawyers. You will have next to no chance to achieve significant improvements by complaining. Only if a clear equipment malfunction can be diagnosed you have a chance of a remedy.