Decided to cut the chord a few weeks ago and go with YouTube TV. Have been pretty happy with the result. Monthly Spectrum Internet (200mb) is about $75 with taxes and fees. No discount with no other bundled service.
Our new home in Dripping Springs is 3 stories. Ground floor, upstairs and built-out basement. I was worried about Internet in the basement where I’ll be a 100% remote worker starting in April.
Decided to buy the Google Nest Wifi Mesh Router and 2 Add-On Points for $349. It may be the best decision I’ve made. Comes with speaker and Google Assistant in each node.
I’ve been seeing some of the fastest WiFi Connection speeds I’ve ever experienced. Here is a download/upload test from my basement. Upper 180 is common (speedtest.net):
Using Wifi Analyzer on my phone, this is the signal strength I am seeing:
To put the -40 value into perspective, this post explains signal strengths this way:
Wireless signal strength is measured in dBm (decibel milliwatts) and is, somewhat confusingly, expressed only as negative values.
So what should we consider a good, acceptable, or poor Wi-Fi signal strength?
|Signal Strength||Expected Quality||Required For|
|-30 dBm||Maximum signal strength, you are probably standing right next to the access point.|
|-50 dBm||Anything down to this level can be considered excellent signal strength.|
|-60 dBm||Good, reliable signal strength.|
|-67 dBm||Reliable signal strength.||The minimum for any service depending on a reliable connection and signal strength, such as voice over Wi-Fi and non-HD video streaming.|
|-70 dBm||Not a strong signal.||Light browsing and email.|
|-80 dBm||Unreliable signal strength, will not suffice for most services.||Connecting to the network.|
|-90 dBm||The chances of even connecting are very low at this level.|
Needless to day, my Internet service is rocking!