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Your router is what broadcasts the WiFi signal throughout the home. If your router is very distant from the connected device you may see lower speeds and worse connection quality. 

Interface / NIC

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Speed / Cable

Not all routers or devices are capable of fully utilizing the full bandwidth of a connection. You'll want to make sure that your router supports 10/100/1000 Mbps to utilize the full strength of the connection. If you have a 250 Mbps service but your router or device only supports 10/100 Mbps, you won't see speeds above 100 Mbps because your speed is being limited by the interface speed of your router or device. 

Not all cables support 1 Gbps speeds. You'll want to make sure the cable you are using is compatible with the speeds you desire. The most common types of cables you will encounter are listed below. 

  • Cat-5 can support speeds up to 100Mbps.
  • Cat-5e can support speeds up to 1000Mbps.
  • Cat-6 can support speeds up to 10Gbps.
  • Cat-6a can support speeds up to 10Gbps.

Wi-fi vs Wired

In most circumstances, you will see a faster speed with a wired connection when compared to wireless. Network speeds over wireless are heavily determined by the strength of the signal your router broadcasts in the home, as well as the wireless protocol it uses. Wireless is also subject to interference with other signals. Not all routers support the most up-to-date wireless protocol. Please see the table below for more information. 

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