Faster Internet – Is Your Router Holding You Back?

Emily has been complaining about our slow internet for a while now. We’re not big bandwidth users but we’ve noticed laggy video calling. I’ve always shrugged it off as a problem on the other end. We were on the cheapest Novus internet plan, but 35 Mbps should be plenty fast enough for Skype or Google Hangouts.

So, we upgraded to Internet 75 but that didn’t make much of a difference. And then I did a speed test on our router, comparing the wireless speeds we were getting to speeds when connected with an ethernet cable. And our router sucks. Apparently wireless technology has advanced a lot in the past 20 years.

So we bought a new D-Link AC1900 DIR-878 router, and our wireless internet speeds are now 15x faster. Now when Baba and Gigi Skype they might be able to see Astrid and not just a pixilated avatar.


  1. It seems to depend on who you believe

    17 down 11 up

    Google partners with Measurement Lab (M-Lab) to run this test.

    58.9 down
    11.1 up


    This is a Telus connection through the router they supplied

    I am paying for 50


  2. Similar story here. Last September, I noticed our speeds dropped way down even at short distances from the router. Tried a bunch of configuration changes like channels but no good. Ended up replacing the router and much better now.


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