if you’re reading this from a laptop or device connected to your own home WiFi connection, chances are you’re being ripped off.
Rick Bennett, 52, became annoyed, He had just convinced his boss to let him do business from home—a dream he’d had for many years—and was looking forward to the comfortable operating environment. but his comfort was to be short-lived.
when he attempted pulling up his email, it took 5 wireless mins to load. Unacceptable, when you want to be in constant contact with your coworkers during the day. not to mention the list of websites and downloads he needed to access. And that wasn’t even the worst part.
He’d only just upgraded to a higher net package one month before! He knew that he’d want quicker speeds if he was going to be operating from his three-bedroom home. annoyed, he decided to do what any of us would do in his scenario.
He called his net provider and complained. The earliest they could have a technician visit was in 15 days. So Rick do away with working from home for another two weeks. Finally, when the day arrived, Rick was in for a surprise.
The technician, Barry (name changed to protect his identity – we know his employer is going to want to know who spilled the beans), came out and “fixed” Rick’s internet, pulling it back up to acceptable speeds. He seemed like a relaxed and friendly guy, so Rick offered him a beer.
“I really shouldn’t, man,” Barry said as he accepted it.
The more Rick and Barry talked, the friendlier they got. And when Rick told him that he was working from home, Barry told him he was just going to have to deal with the same problem again in a few weeks. Rick couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“They give you the speeds you asked for,” Barry said, “at first. But then they throttle the bandwith. They electronically tamper with the router, which is ‘conveniently’ combined with the modem nowadays, so that your internet gets slower over time.”
“How can they do that?” Rick asked. “Can’t you look at how fast your modem is going?”
“Yeah, man. But they split the speed between two channels, so they can tell you you’re getting the same speed. But you’re only using one channel at a time, so really it’s divided in half. It’s all so you buy the next ‘upgrade’ in their package.”
Furious, but not surprised, Rick told Barry that he might as well not even fix it. That he’d be changing providers immediately.
“It’s not gonna help,” Barry said. “They all do it. All the ISPs. If they all do it, they can all get customers that want to ‘upgrade.’ It’s all about profits. It’s ‘The Man,’ man.”
Exasperated, Rick fell back in his chair.
“Is there anything I can do?” He asked, defeated.
Barry finished his beer with a satisfied gulp and went out to his truck, returning with a small white device. He plugged it in the wall and dusted off his hands with a satisfied smirk on his face.
“You didn’t get this from me, man,” he said. “It’s a WiFiBlast. It reconnects the split channels from your router and blasts it across the house. Trust me, man, you’re not gonna have any troubles with speed anymore.”
Rick thanked Barry for the amazing gift. Barry only had one thing to say:
“Thanks for the beer, man.”
Curious about this “WiFiBlast,” we decided to do some research of our own.
Turns out it’s an extremely useful product that extends the range of your WiFi while boosting speeds up to twice as fast, and all you have to do is plug it into the wall. It takes the speed from the different channels coming out of your modem and combines them into one super-fast network, up to 750 Mbps. And the external antennas allow for better, more consistent performance.
It’s great for multi-story homes if your WiFi connection isn’t as strong as you’d like it to be. The connection even extends into the backyard and beyond. And the best part?
It works with ANY WiFi router. So no matter what you already have, it can boost it. You can create 2 WiFi modes, one to boost the existing connection or a new one to use as an access point. And it has an Ethernet port so you can connect your wired devices, like a smart TV. Plus, it protects who has access to it, just like your current router.
This all sounded great. But would it really work? We decided to try it out.
We ordered it online and it arrived two days later. Skeptical, we plugged it in and had it setup in minutes.
Now, we don’t have a two-story home. We own a 2000 square-foot ranch house with a big backyard. So we plugged in the WiFiBlast on one end of the home, and had the family scatter out on their devices.
The online video games were buzzing without any lag, the Netflix binges were going strong, the music was streaming with no audio pauses, and the internet was loading even faster than before. It was unbelievable. Normally, there’s always that complaint coming from somewhere in the house:
“Who’s using the internet?”
But everyone was quietly enjoying their devices and games with top speed and absolutely zero lag.
Every now and then we’re lucky enough to review one of those products that makes life instantly better for us, and we’re always grateful. The WiFiBlast is definitely one of those products. Thanks for the advice, “Barry.”
And thank you, Rick, for giving him the beer.