Understanding Mesh Networks

Over the next few weeks, we’re focusing on the importance of connection and how to optimize your Internet speeds. Technology is changing, and as the Internet of Things continues to expand, your home will become more dependent on fast and reliable connections.

Even though it’s gradually becoming a trending topic, mesh networks have been around for quite some time. Mesh systems have considerable benefits and are more than a temporary tech hype.

What is a Mesh Network?

Traditional Wi-Fi uses a single router to spread a signal. However, if you’re too far away from the router or there are interferences from walls, appliances, etc., the connection might not reach you.

A mesh network creates individual points that work together to deliver a strong Wi-Fi signal without the hassle of dead zones or signal drops.

A mesh network uses the existing Wi-Fi signal from your modem or router to supply internet coverage through a network of interlocking routers called nodes, or points. “Nodes” are referred to as connection points, and each pod within a mesh network serves as an individual point to deliver a strong Wi-Fi signal without the hassle of dead zones or signal drops. The signal will hop between nodes until it reaches a destination.

The Benefits

Larger homes and dwellings with thick walls, multiple floors and other structural obstructions may require additional technology to bring Wi-Fi to areas that the router can’t reach. Mesh networks are designed to blanket your home with wireless coverage. Here are three benefits of a mesh network. 

Adaptable and Expandable 

A mesh network can be as big or small as you wish. Mesh nodes can be added and removed as less coverage is needed. 

Optimal Coverage 

One of the main benefits of a mesh network is the coverage you will receive. The system of nodes works together to provide a signal throughout your entire home. 

Automatic Connection 

A mesh system not only expands your Wi-Fi range but also helps your devices automatically connect to the strongest point as you move around your home. Whether you’re in your bedroom, living room or kitchen, your device will seamlessly switch to the strongest signal.

Choosing Your Mesh System

The best wireless mesh networks provide high-speeds and reliable Wi-Fi that stretches to every corner of your home. There are a number of mesh systems available on the market. We suggest checking out this article for more information on pricing, ratings and more.  

There are so many choices that it may be difficult to choose the right system for your home. Next week, we will be looking at Powerline Adapters and how they can help you optimize your Internet connection.

DSL vs. Cable Internet

The world has become heavily dependent on technology, especially computers, smartphones and most importantly, the Internet. Nowadays, it’s all about finding the most reliable and fastest connection.

If you are planning on upgrading to a faster connection, one of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether you want DSL or Cable Internet. Choosing the right connection and Internet Service Provider (ISP) can often require extensive time and research. There are a few crucial questions you should ask yourself beforehand.

Understanding the difference between Cable and DSL will help you make an informed decision when choosing which plan to go with, or upgrading your services.

DSL vs Cable: Real-World Speed

Both DSL and Cable Internet provide high-speed access. Historically, Cable Internet speeds have been faster. However, the speed of DSL Internet has increased as technology improves, and service providers upgrade their networks. Here are a few quick comparisons of DSL and Cable Internet.

Modem

DSL

DSL transmits data across an active copper telephone line connected to your home to provide service. Unlike Cable, DSL will not fluctuate based on your neighbour’s Internet usage, which means you will always experience consistent speeds. If you don’t have an active phone line, you may need to pay an additional monthly fee to run a dry loop (a phone line only used for DSL Internet).

Advantages

  • Faster speed than dial-up
  • Variety of connection speeds and pricing available
  • The speed you get will always be the same – no slowdowns during peak hours!

Disadvantages

  • Data is received faster than it sends
  • Might not be available in remote areas
  • The farther away you are from a provider’s central location, the slower the data speed. You might only be able to get DSL 25 while your neighbour qualifies for DSL 50.
  • Needs an active line from a telephone provider or an additional monthly fee for dry loop

Cable

The key difference between Cable and DSL Internet is how information is delivered and received. Cable Internet uses predefined frequency ranges to pass data, using a signal over the coaxial cable lines which run to your home. Coaxial cables are used for cable TV setups and are heavily shielded. Cable Internet speeds can vary because it is a shared connection that also feeds to your neighbour’s homes.

One of the most significant advantages of Cable Internet is the speeds! Cable allows for higher speeds that are much faster than DSL in some cases.

Advantages

  • Performance and speed isn’t based on distance from the provider’s central location
  • Higher speeds available than DSL
  • Coaxial cables are heavily shielded, which means that if you qualify for Cable, you can get any of the speeds offered

Disadvantages

  • Service can become congested during peak periods (i.e. weeknight prime time) because of shared bandwidth
  • Might not be available in remote areas

Planning to Upgrade?

Understanding the difference between DSL and Cable Internet will help you make an informed decision. Worldline offers Unlimited DSL and Unlimited Cable packages to suit your Internet needs. To find the right plan for you, visit www.worldline.ca or call in to speak with one of our agents about finding a plan that suits your needs!

 

Worldline Level 3 Superhero Award winner: Jandry Poline

SHL3Our Level 3 Support team are a group of dedicated tech support specialists working out of our Cambridge, Ontario head office. They work daily with our customer support crew working at the Fibernetics Call Centre with a common goal, to provide Worldline customers the best care and service in the industry. Period.

Last year they initiated a new program called the Level 3 Superhero Award to recognize outstanding contributions from support staff and now it’s time to announce the latest winner.

From the Level 3 Team:

Here at Worldline, we are aware that we are consistently improving our service and customer interaction. If we were not improving, we wouldn’t be trying to improve your experience with us. One of the things we look at is how hard our customer service representatives are working to make any call you make to us a positive experience.

We are very proud of how far our customer service has come and are VERY excited with the growth and direction they are going in (Especially with how we are having record breaking months from our sales team). Today, we would like to recognize one of our wonderful colleagues.

We would like to introduce you all to Jandry Poline. Jandry works in our contact center and helps our customers and others around him with superior technical support.

Worldline Unlimited InternetJandry has been with us for many years where he has grown to become a key member of our teams. It is not often that we see escalations from Jandry as he takes each case and works on the customers issue many times going above and beyond to make sure the customers issue is resolved. He has taken the initiative to help through around him when they are in need of help. He has never declined the option to learn more about what he can do for the customer and has always accepted the challenges that come with it. As he spends more time with us, we have noticed his attention to detail has gotten even better as he has been able to resolve many escalations to him the right way and quickly.

He always has a positive attitude and makes sure that customers she is helping are constantly being updated on what is happening with the issue they have reported to us.

Jandry is someone who not only says our Company mantra, but he also walks the walk and means it when he says “I’m in”

 

Canadian Business: A happy office is about more than just adding a ping-pong table

Ping Pong…although we do have one, (and it’s really great)

Fibernetics, Worldline’s parent company, was profiled in Canadian Business Magazine about the culture change the company went through last year, and the impact it had on management, the employees and the business.

This is the money quote from Fibernetics President John Stix:

The company has hit new sales records each month since the corporate relaunch, and customer complaints are at an all-time low, Stix says. HR concerns have dropped by 70%. This quarter alone, Fibernetics’ looks set to grow by 50%, Stix says.

“My mission now is to show leaders if you’re sitting on the fence about caring about people—and showing that you care—just do it. And if you don’t care, you should still do it because it dramatically affects the bottom line.”

Worldline just had its best Q1 in company history, adding tons of new customers who now can benefit from our quality services like our Unlimited High Speed Internet, amazing price point and over the top customer care.

The workplace culture initiative that John introduced last year is having a remarkable impact on the company. For more on what John did, and why, please read the entire article here, and then share it.

With your boss for example.

How Much is Too Much to Pay for Internet?

shawMaybe we’re about to find out.

We knew it was coming, but wow! Shaw announced in the midst of the Christmas season that they were raising their rates in 2015, and yesterday they revealed their new pricing structure for their residential Internet services and the results are, well, amazing.

What Shaw has essentially done is they’ve lowered their speeds by ~ 60% yet they are charging the same prices.  For example 25Mbps used to be $60, now that only gets gets Shaw customers 15Mbps. (For reference, Worldline’s 25Mbps is $49.95/month and our 15Mbps service is $39.95/month.)

At the time of the announcement the Huffington post wrote, “the controversy over Shaw’s pricing and plans ‘is one more reason Canadians should consider switching to smaller, independent, more affordable ISPs,’ said Josh Tabish of the consumer advocacy group OpenMedia, in a statement.”

I guess he was talking about us. Someone on Reddit did the math on the actual price increase and the results are quite amazing:

Take the original 100mbps/$90 package, and the new 60mbps/$90 package, and compare the mbps/$. At that tier, customers went from paying $0.90/mbps receiving 1.11Mbps/$1.00, to paying $1.50/Mbps, receiving 0.67Mbps/$1.00.

Worldline Unlimited InternetUsing that formula how does Worldline compare? Our 60Mbps/$69.95 package works out to $1.17/Mbps or receiving 0.86Mbps/$1.00. And unlike Shaw, our service is unlimited while theirs is capped.

And so it starts.

Once one of the Big Telcos starts raising their rates, how long will it be before the others follow? At Worldline, we’re committed to providing affordable high quality, high speed and unlimited Internet to Canadians.

You are invited to check out our prices and compare on the Worldline website.