It is annoying and frustrating when one keeps experiencing
slurred voice, frozen video images, and dopping out of Zoom
meetings. This resource will help to understand the causes
and help find a reliable solution. Don't just live with the
problem. Solve the problem and enjoy better connectivity.
The major causes of poor WiFi connectivity to computers, and
mobile device are:
1. WiFi signal interference, especially in high density
housing areas such as apartment buildings and retirement
2. Physical Distance and walls between the WiFi source
(access point) and your computer or tablet.
WiFi DIAGNOSTIC APPS
WiFi Analyzer (for Android)
InSSIDer (for Windows)
WiFi Explorer (for Mac)
If you have a choice, pick a WiFi signal (available to you)
that is at least 20-30 dB above other WiFi signals in the
same range of the spectrum. In the image above Starlink4605
and airport3b WiFi signals are the best choices both in the
lower 2.4 GHz bands and also in the upper 5 GHz bands.
If there is no good signal available to you there are a
couple of options.
1. Contract with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and
provide your own internet connection independent of the WiFi
in your building complex.
2. If an ethernet jack is available in your apartment or
condo you have the option of providing your own access point
or connecting your computer via Cat5 or Cat6 ethernet cable,
bypassing WiFi altogether.
Wall jack <================> Computer with ethernet port
Wall jack <================> Ethernet Adaptor <===> Computer
Required Bandwidth for Zoom
Required Bandwidth for Netflix
Remember--You are sharing bandwidth with other Programs and
Apps running on your devices and other family members using
their devices on the same network.
Updates and Cloud Backups require good broadband connections.
Updates (do the updates)