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Internet Host Tips for the Holidays

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This holiday season, it’s important to be the best host you can be when having family members in your home. While there are plenty of articles circulating around hospitality and holiday recipes sure to get a nod of approval from your mother-in-law, let Windstream help you be the best Internet host this holiday season. 

So, what does it mean to be a good Internet host? More than anything, it’s important to be sure you have sufficient Internet speeds to support the heightened amount of activity. Before your extended family arrives this holiday season, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Share a Piece of the Internet Pie 

The most common feedback from customers is that they aren’t getting the Internet speeds they signed up for. There are a variety of reasons why this might be, including time of day, the number of devices and activities. Internet speed is like a pie: every concurrent activity and connected device takes a slice from the pie, effectively slowing down your Internet speeds. To make sure you’re getting the speed you need, limit the number of devices you have going at the same time and try to stagger high-usage activities like streaming, video chatting or online gaming.

Unused Devices Can Eat Your Bandwidth 

Another common misconception centers around connected devices. Even if you’re not actively using a device like a smartphone or tablet, it can still eat up bandwidth to maintain a variety of applications or programs. To combat this, regularly disconnect any unused devices from your network to limit the strain on your bandwidth. This small change can make a huge impact on the overall performance of your Internet.

The Modem Sweet Spot 

Where your wireless modem is placed in your home has an impact on the quality of your connection throughout your home. Physical barriers such as brick, walls, water, metal, reflective surfaces, windows and furniture can prevent wireless signals from effortlessly traveling back-and-forth between your modem and computer. Wireless signals need to be able to travel. If they can't, you end up with intermittent (or no) signal. To improve connectivity, try moving your modem (or the physical barrier). You may need to try a few locations to figure out what consistently works.

With these solutions in your back pocket, we hope you'll be able to post all your holiday selfies and stream your favorite Christmas movies with ease! After all, the family that shares Wi-Fi together, stays together. 

If you’re still finding that your Internet speeds aren’t meeting your online needs, you may need a faster speed tier. Please contact your local Windstream rep with any questions or visit our Windstream high-speed Internet page to learn more about what speeds are best for you.