Use wired networks for Gigabit, not Wi-Fi

Thousand megabit broadband is a turning point for internet delivery speeds. Newer tech, such as virtual reality, and the incumbents, such as video streaming, will benefit. Right now, though, only about 17 percent of the U.S.’s population has access to those super-fast speeds, which are primarily delivered by fiber, according to Viavi Solution’s latest Gigabit Monitor report.

Although Gigabit is kicking in, it’s not going to be particularly simple to implement at the networking level, internet metrics company Ookla said earlier this month. Upgraded, wired installs will likely handle the throughput better than existing, now commonly used Wi-Fi, among other things, the company said.

+ Also on Network World: Gigabit LTE, a 5G stopgap, is now live +

“Getting Gigabit service and adjusting your set-up to achieve top speeds is harder than you might think,” wrote Isla McFetta, content manager for Ookla, in a guide produced for’s users. The guide, geared towards consumers and published on the website, focuses on how to get ready and optimized for Gigabit-speed fixed-broadband Internet.

One of the recommendations Ookla made: 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *