Why your Wi-Fi sucks

There’s an entertaining and illuminating post over at Ars Technica that gets into the nitty-gritty of exactly why wi-fi connections are so slow and generally… crappy.

I manage wi-fi networks in my own home and for clients. But I barely use them myself, and then only for my mobile devices, and only for basic functions. I’ve long since given up on the idea of using wi-fi for the bulk of my networking needs. All of my personal and professional experience has shown that wi-fi is only useful in terms of convenience.

The Ars Technica writer who penned the post, Jim Salter, apparently feels the same way. But he goes a lot further, with clear explanations for the problems you deal with when using wi-fi. And he has some good advice: don’t use wi-fi unless you have to; the more you use it, the worse it performs.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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