So fiber has come to Town….

    So many people have asked me, “Will I buy Allo Fiber Internet service?” the answer is No. The big question then is why wouldn’t I want 300 Mpbs Fiber internet speeds?? Well, it’s a long discussion with lots of technical talk and jargon. I will try to make it as simple as I can. Yes, it’s true that fiber can be much better then cable. 300 Mbps (for those who want to know “Mbps” stands for Megabits Per Second) is indeed fast. The issue is not the speeds or the service itself. The issues are actually the hardware. The rule of thumb in the world of technology is to always divide the speed flow of internet you are getting into your home or place of business by 3.
So let’s look at this. If we get 100 mbps in to your home after the speeds go through your router, computer or whatever device you are running comes out to be about 30 mbps of speed at that device and if under perfect conditions may get a little more. I have found it to be true in my own home setting. So why? Much of this is due to the lack of devices that are gigabit capable (1 gigabit is = to 1000 mbps) in other terms, sometimes your computers and routers are not able to handle those fast of speeds. Or think of it this way, if you want to drink out of a fire hydrant you’re going to have to lower the pressure in order to drink. Our routers do just that. Now CNET a great place to get your technology news has a great post about what we call “ceiling speed vs. real-world speed”. The ceiling speed is the maximum theoretical speed of a connection standard determined in a controlled environment, without factors that would adversely affect the connection’s throughput data rate. For example, the ceiling speed of a Gigabit Ethernet (wired) connection is 1,000 mbps (megabits per second), fast enough to transfer a Blu-ray disc worth of data (25 gigabytes) in less than 3.5 minutes. And in this case, the wiring that delivers this speed is protected inside your network cable by a layer of plastic, isolating it from the outside environment. This is why an Ethernet (a wired) connection is able to deliver real-world speeds close to or on par with the ceiling speed of the standard.
   Note, however, the network speed’s rule of thumb: The ceiling speed of a connection is that of the slowest device in the chain. In other words, a connection is only as fast as its weakest link. So if you connect a fast Ethernet device (100Mbps), like a Roku 3, to a Gigabit Ethernet (1,000Mbps) router using a network cable, the connection speed between the two (and only those two) will be capped at 100Mbps.
So let’s chat about Wi-Fi something that most homes have and what really is being used. Wi-Fi is totally different since it uses radio waves to transfer data. Wi-Fi devices share the same airspace not only with each other, but other home appliances as well. That means the speed of a Wi-Fi connection is subject to the Wi-Fi environment it’s operating in. That’s why your wireless speeds can flatline when you (or a neighbor in a nearby apartment) fires up the microwave (Funny but true).

Here are the main factors that adversely affect Wi-Fi speed:

• Distance: The farther out, the slower the connection gets.
• Obstacles: Walls and large objects will block the signals and shorten the Wi-Fi range.
• Interference: The more devices of the same radio frequencies being used in the same area, the slower         they get.
• Compatibility: When devices of different Wi-Fi speed tiers, standards and manufacturers are used together, oftentimes they must adhere to a lower speed standard in order for all to function together properly.

This is why the real-world speed of a Wi-Fi connection is always significantly lower than the ceiling speed of the Wi-Fi standard being used. In my experience, at best, the actual sustained speed of a Wi-Fi connection is between a 3th and a 1/2 of its ceiling speed.

So, if you are looking for the fastest speeds in your home always use a wired connection, with devices that can handle the speeds. Just a side note it can be pricy to install each room in your house with wall ports. Plus keep in mind most computers you buy today are Wi-Fi only and you can forget about your mobile devices like Kindles or iPads. That leaving most people to deal with the speeds of a wireless routers (Wi-Fi).

Hopefully that helps give you an understanding about how the flow of the internet works.

One last and added part about all this. Here is what the Allo company has to say about the “guaranteed” speeds the company is promising. “We deliver 300 Mbps upload and download directly to the *router in your home. The speed capability of your devices is dependent on the age and software of the device.” Even the Allo company knows you won’t be getting speeds of 300Mbps at the end device. *just a side note the router they use in your home is one you must lease (more fees) from them. For those of you who like to change and set your own routers up you won’t be able to do it with this one as they really lock down their equipment. If you want to make changes or need to reset it you have to call the company each time.
Now moving on the question of will I sign up with the Allo company? Again no! After pricing the cost of my current package with Allo it comes out to be $60 more each much (still with less TV channels then I current have) Not including a one-time security deposit of $150 Allo requires. The question I have to ask myself is 300mbps worth an extra $60 each month? No! With my current wireless router, I would need to upgrade the device. Most of the devices in my home require Wi-Fi. (iPads, Kindles, Rokus, Surface PCs, etc.) Its true I can buy an adaptor for each of my computers to run a wired cable, but really? Who wants cables running across the room. I did do a little more research on the Allo company themselves and honestly after reading all the reviews (and I mean all that I could find, over 400 reviews.) They really don’t have that great of reviews. Doing some research from other areas they service I have found many of the concerns or issues are about the same. I know that anyone can change, and service has many factors but the reviews of people really do shape the minds of people. I find reviews to be very important when working with any company. I for one have provided 100s of reviews over the years. Lastly and honestly, I really don’t think its worth the change for me. I stream music, movies, tv shows, and many other things daily and I find the speeds I have work fine. At any given time, we have at least 8 devices or more connected to the internet in our home. Yes speeds do get slow at times depending on the day, time and weather, however over all it works for my needs. It’s also true that I am getting about a 3rd and sometimes a half of what my internet service package is. But I am still okay with that. Again If you wish to buy into the Allo company by all means go for it. But please do your research and just understand all these internet service companies know how to market their services to make them look like the best even if they are not fully being honest to the consumers.

Cheers

-JonDavid