Proving Gig Speed

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at
Thu Jul 19 05:15:03 UTC 2018

On 18/Jul/18 17:35, Brielle Bruns wrote:

> Customers are still harping on me about going wireless on all of their
> desktops.  Since most of our customers are CAD/Design/Building
> companies, during planning, we insist on at least two drops to each
> workstation, preferably 3 or more.
> But, every time we go to do an upgrade...
> "Why can't we just use wireless?"
> Even though 20 minutes prior they're complaining at how slow it is for
> their laptops to open up large files over the network over wifi.
> "If you want faster speeds, you'll need to go from AC-Lites to AC-HDs
> with Wave 2.  They're $350 or so each, and since your brand new
> building likes to absorb wifi, you'll need 5-8 of them to cover every
> possible location in the building.  Oh, and you'll need to replace
> your laptops with Wave 2 capable ones, plus Wave 2 PCIe cards for
> every desktop... Except for the cheap $200 AMD APU desktops you bought
> against our recommendations that don't have expansion slots and no USB
> 3..."
> I long for the day when we can get 100mbit throughout a building or
> house reliably.
> (I'm a Ubnt hardware tester too, 99% of my customer setups are a mix
> of EdgeRouter, EdgeSwitch, and Unifi Switch and AP setups).

I have a 100Mbps FTTH service to my house, sitting on 802.11ac (Google
OnHub units, pretty dope, had them for almost 2 years now). With my
802.11ac client devices, I can do well over 600Mbps within my walls,
easily, over the air. But that's because only one of my neighbors that
is closest to me has wi-fi (in 2.4GHz, thank God). The rest are too far
for my thick walls.

It's a totally different story in the office where (fair point, we're
still on 802.11n, but...) the wi-fi is simply useless, because of all
the competing radios from adjacent companies in all bands and on all
channels. And despite having several AP's all over the place + using a
controller to manage the radio network, fundamentally, I prefer wiring
up when I'm in my office, and only use the wi-fi for my phones or when I
need to go to another office or boardroom with my laptop.

But the point is you and I get this phenomenon. Users don't, regardless
of whether they are sending a 2KB e-mail or rendering a multi-gigabit
CAD file.


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