5 Tips to Understanding Wi-Fi and Internet Services

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The World Wide Web has become an irreplaceable part of our lives. It is estimated that a whopping 4 billion people access the internet every day, and at least half of that population plays online video games. There is no denying that the internet is here to stay and that we can’t do without it. Millions of jobs are hinged on the existence of the internet. Whether in your home, or business, you cannot avoid using Wi-Fi and the internet.

Though Wi-Fi and internet are two words that are used interchangeably, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Think of it like this, the internet is a place, and Wi-Fi is the vehicle that gets you there and affords you to move around. To the user, Wi-Fi is internet access from a wireless-capable device like a phone, tablet or computer. Here are few tips to better help you understand how the internet and Wi-Fi services work.

The Internet is a Language

Sounds weird, I know. But it’s true. The internet is the language computers speak to one another. It is the way one computer converses and communicates with another computer. This language helps computers send and receive information to and from other computers. If you send an email to somebody, know that both your computer devices are communicating via the internet.

Connected to Wi-Fi Without Being Connected to the Internet

You’ve probably been in this situation before, where you can see the Wi-Fi bars on your computer or mobile device, yet you aren’t able to access the internet. This is not because there’s an issue with the Wi-Fi connection, but rather an issue with the internet service provider providing that Wi-Fi connection. You may have run out of bandwidth, or your monthly subscription has expired. It’s like being in a car (Wi-Fi), trying to explore a city (internet) but there’s no gas in your car (internet connection).

Wi-Fi Isn’t the Same Everywhere

Wi-Fi strengths and speed differ adversely. The closer you are to the Wi-Fi router, the stronger the connection. Wi-Fi signals don’t travel great lengths either — they usually stay within the range of a normal-sized family house i.e a 150-300 foot radius. Wi-Fi signals can be blocked by walls and obstacles such as refrigerators and microwave ovens. Wi-Fi speeds, however, are different. This refers to how much data and information can be transferred on the web on a single connection at any given time. WiFi 6 is the fastest network available in the market today. You can learn about Wi-Fi 6 at Cox.com.

Security and Wi-Fi

Your Wi-Fi network is as secure as the least secure device you connected to it. Simply put, generally, home Wi-Fi networks are pretty secure. As long as you use a strong unique password, update the firmware of your router as often as possible (this is usually done automatically by your ISP) and change your passwords as soon as you suspect a breach, your home network will be secure.

Wi-Fi Has Many Uses

Since Wi-Fi connection helps set up communication with devices, a Wi-Fi network can also be used to share information amongst devices. For example, the popular app Xender makes use of a Wi-Fi connection to share data. Similarly, a lot of video games also use Wi-Fi (LAN) networks to allow players to play with one another.

Wi-Fi connections are distinct from internet services, yet we need both of them to guarantee a seamless experience in our homes and offices. As shown over the years, Wi-Fi and internet services will only get better.