Myths about WiFi and routers that should be explained
Routers and WiFi connectivity they have been with us for a long time. They are already part of the decoration of any home and any building or office. But just because it is there and we use it daily does not mean that we know it completely and, over time, a long list of WiFi and router myths have been created.
That for one thing. And on the other, your current WiFi and today’s routers are not the same as what you could buy a few years ago. This implies that what we knew in the past may have changed today. So the advice or myths of yesteryear they don’t always age well.
Below we review several myths or claims that should be nuanced, corrected or eliminated. They can be applied to your Movistar WiFi coverage and to your Movistar Router or to any of these technologies.
The first of the WiFi myths: it is unreliable and unstable
The first criticism leveled at Wi Fi technology is that, being wireless, it is unstable and loses bandwidth or connection speed. It is not a 100% lie, but it is worth clarifying one of the most widespread WiFi myths.
Currently, the WiFi 5 standard that we all use offers practically the same connection speed as that obtained through Ethernet. Obviously, there is a minimum loss that can be extended as we walk away from the router or access point. But with WiFi 5 and the future WiFi 6, the connection is fast and stable.
Also, we can use multiple connected devices without the network suffering too much. Something that could be a bigger problem with previous versions of WiFi technology.
Another of the WiFi myths: the WiFi Plus network is better than the WiFi network
Your Movistar Router offers two WiFi networks to connect to: WiFi and WiFi Plus. The first is also known as 2.4 GHz and the second 5 GHz. Which is better? Depends.
Yes, it is true that WiFi Plus is faster than WiFi, but it is so at short distances. As you move away from the router, the speed drops. And the same happens if you change your stay or there is walls in between between your connected device and your router.
WiFi is more recommended than WiFi Plus for devices not compatible with WiFi Plus, of course, but also for connected devices at a distance or in other rooms to the one containing the router.
More WiFi Myths: Don’t Touch Your Router Settings
The maxim that if something works, don’t touch it is true. It is also that we shouldn’t play with the router configuration. But from there to not touching anything there is a certain margin.
To start, from your app Smart Wi Fi you can change the passwords of WiFi networks or activate the guest network. And from the Alejandra Portal you can make more changes, like open the ports needed to play video games online or update the firmware.
In this article you will know everything you can do with Smart Wi Fi. Remember that you will also find this App in your LivingApps.
There are advanced options only recommended for users who have the necessary knowledge, but the aforementioned tasks are available to anyone. And if something fails, you can always restore factory options.
Another of the great myths of WiFi: you should turn off the router at night
There are tips that remain in the collective memory and that come to the surface frequently. One of them has to do with the electrical consumtion. No one likes paying sky high bills, and what better way to save on electricity than by turning off all electronic devices. How could it be otherwise, this is also part of the history of WiFi myths.
This follows from a common statement that we should turn off the router at night or when we are not at home. The main reason is the electrical cost. And in part, he is right.
However, there are currently two circumstances where it is not necessary to turn off the router every day. Furthermore, it should be kept on all day. The first reason has to do with the fixed line. If you have contracted telephony with Movistar, it works through the Movistar Router. If you turn off the router, you will not be able to make or receive phone calls.
Secondly, the electricity consumption of the Movistar Router is very low. Currently, these types of devices are designed to work all day, without rest, and with a minimum of consumption. According to various approximations that we can find on the internet, the cost of electricity for an average router is less than 2 euros per month.