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    Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

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      Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      Plans to speed up the UK
      Ofcom has today set out plans designed to help speed up WiFi connections for millions of people across the UK.

      The proposals would open up more airwaves for Wi-Fi channels so that larger amounts of data can be carried at faster download speeds. This would improve the quality of service, especially for applications that need more internet capacity, like high-definition video.

      As broadband delivered to the home gets faster, people increasingly expect their Wi-Fi to provide several services at once - such as video streaming, video calls, gaming and remote working. This demand puts pressure on the airwaves - or radio spectrum - which carry Wi-Fi signals.

      Many Wi-Fi routers in the UK currently use a part of the spectrum called the 2.4 GHz band, which is becoming increasingly congested and can impair broadband performance. Many people now have newer broadband routers, which use not only the 2.4 GHz band, but also the 5 GHz band - which has much more spectrum and is less congested.

      To make connections faster, Ofcom is proposing to open up an additional sub-band within the 5 GHz frequency range for Wi-Fi - while ensuring protection for other users, such as satellite services.

      The extra sub-band would increase the number of 80 MHz channels available for Wi-Fi from four to six, to accommodate data-hungry applications. These extra channels - which are already being used in the US - could be opened up in a few years

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      Ofcom is keen to work with industry to understand how even more airwaves in the 5 GHz range might help meet growing demand - in particular, how and when additional spectrum should be made available, with safeguards to protect existing users.

      Philip Marnick, Group Director of Spectrum at Ofcom, said: People are placing greater demands on their broadband, so we need to ensure they arent let down by their wireless connection.

      We also want to close the gap between advertised speeds and the wireless performance that people and businesses actually receive. So were exploring ways to open up more airwaves for Wi-Fi.

      "In the meantime, people can check their router is up to date, and use our W-Fi Checker app to test if its working properly.

      What people can do today

      Broadband users can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving hem the best service today by using a simple, powerful Ofcom app.

      Wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in nearly six million UK homes and offices, according to Ofcom research. This is often caused by the Wi-Fi set-up in the house slowing down broadband.

      The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker, which runs on smartphones and tablets, allows consumers and businesses to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they live or work - as well as offering practical steps to help people get the best from their connection.

      The app tests the Wi-Fi set-up and, if it finds a problem, will provide some troubleshooting tips to help improve broadband. It is free to download now from Apples App Store and Google Play.

      Many consumers can benefit from higher Wi-Fi speeds immediately by using a more modern router - older ones do not access the 5 GHz band at all. Ofcoms current plan aims to avoid future congestion in the 5 GHz band, as the move to newer broadband routers places more demands on this part of the airwaves.


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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      They very carefully omit to say that the 5GHz band is affectively useless in the next room or up stairs.
      I have mine set up for both and also on little used channels, but outside the same room you can forget the 5Ghz band.

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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      To some extent that is dependant on the walls between the two rooms.

      Of course the 5GHz band is more susceptible than the 2.4GHz band.

      The upshot is that you are less likely to have interference from your neighbours with the 5GHz band too.

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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      Would this just be a firmware upgrade or would everyone need new routers to take advantage of the extra 5Ghz channels?

      Is this the change that would also kill the (wi-max style systems or) wireless providers who use these channels to give superfast broadband in areas where there is no local fibre? The comments in this previous ISP Review Article would suggest it might cause mayhem in some areas.
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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      I recall with Netgear they simply rolled out a firmware update to increase the number of supported 5GHz channels with a couple of their routers. So perhaps it could happen here too.

      There is an issue with some channels though as the regs at the time, I assume they haven't changed, meant that the router had to detect whether local RADAR was using the same channels. If this was the case, then the router much switch to a clean channel.

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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      5Ghz would require a hardware update, existing 2.4Ghz routers do not have the necessary channels. Most modern routers, including the SkyQ are deal band meaning they can receive/send on 2.4 and 5 Ghz.

      Due to the low penetration of 5Ghz I doubt if it will interfere with any external services. As an example my next door neighbor has a dual band router and although I can see and connect to his 2.4 band, in some parts of my house, I cannot even see his 5Ghz signals. The walls between our houses are fairly thick.

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      Re: Plans to speed up the UKs Wi-Fi connections

      Tom means dual band not deal band - his spell checker may well have changed it!!
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