If you had a nasty cough, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have COVID-19.

Or, if you had a sharp pain in your leg, the cause could well be a knock-on effect from a persistent back issue.

Or, if your internet speed is very slow from your computer or mobile device, it doesn’t mean that your internet is slow. Let me explain…

With all the above examples, the reason might not be that clear-cut, but after seeking a professional opinion, the cause of the effect, could very well be something entirely different.

So, with an internet connection, there’s always two things at play; the internet feed that comes into your property, and the wireless connection (Wi-Fi) that connects your laptop or mobile device to the broadband router.

Because, if you had a wireless internet connection speed of 7Mbps from your laptop for example, but the speed of the broadband coming into your property had a reading of 70Mbps, the difference in speed and performance, is solely down to the distance from the router to your laptop.

If you’re curious to find out the actual speed of your broadband, the best way is to plug in an Ethernet cable directly from your computer to the router, and run a test using Speedtest. If you don’t have an Ethernet port or cable to carry this out, you could also do a speed test via Wi-Fi whilst standing close to the router, but using a cable is the preferred option.

And to improve the speed from your device(s), you’d need to either move closer to the router, or install some Wi-Fi boosters or extenders in a location that is central to you and the router.

In terms of what equipment to use, there’s no one piece of equipment that fits all situations, but I can highly recommend the Devolo Powerline and the BT Mesh system.