Why isn’t your Mac faster? What’s wrong with your iPhone? One of the biggest complaints many of us have about our devices is that they’re so slow. Or, put another way, our internet connections are slow.
What’s the problem? The Mac itself? Nope. iPhone? Uh uh. iPad? Of course not. The problem is the internet itself. Or, put another way, your Wi-Fi or ISP or cellphone carrier is holding you back.
What can you do to improve it?
You can’t fix the internet itself and even though some connections can test out at 100-Mbps or faster, most of us get a connection that barely makes it to double digits.
Whose fault is that? Maren Estrada:
Wi-Fi is holding you back, but this $43 box can make your internet so much faster
Uh huh. Sure. What you get for your hard earned cash or a dent on your credit card balance is an Ethernet adapter kit because we all know that Ethernet is faster than the internet which is faster than your Wi-Fi connection.
Don’t buy it. Either the idea or the adapter kit.
Are you sick and tired of the Internet on your computer slowing down all the time. When you’re on a Wi-Fi network, there’s simply no way to avoid the occasional slow-down.
The problem is not always Wi-Fi. The internet itself is dead dog slow most of the time and a wired Ethernet connection won’t help that much.
Thankfully, there’s something simple you can do to ensure that you always have a blazing-fast internet connection.
Even a faster internet service won’t do the deed, so a faster connection to a slower internet service doesn’t make much sense, does it?
The magical powers of advertising are in full force with the boy geniuses at BGR.
Just plug one box into a wall outlet near your router and the other one near your computer. Presto — you now have a lightning-fast gigabit Ethernet port!
Uh, no. That’s not how it works.
Despite six bullet points that would seem to back up Estrada’s headline, the reality is much simpler. The devil is in the details. Nothing you plug into your Mac or use to connect your iPhone or iPad will speed up the internet’s average speed.
Yes, you can run wireless and wired tests from Ookla until the cows get bored, but tests are near theoretical, and not representative of the websites you visit, therefore, not a good indicator of the speeds you’ll get– wireless or wired.
There are too many variables and what BGR is feeding you is rubbish. Advertising rubbish.
Get as fast an internet connection as you can find and afford. From there on, Mac, iPhone, and iPad– wired or wireless– will perform as well as the rest of the internet, almost regardless of the equipment you use.