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How can I find out whether my router is “802.11n”, “802.11ac” or other?

Try the steps below to resolve your issue.

If your router was provided by EPB Fiber Optics through Smart Network, it should perform well at these speeds. If for any reason it does not, please let us know. If you purchased a wireless router on your own, a quick Google search of the make and model number (indicated on your router) will determine if its frequency matches “802.11n” or “802.11ac”.

For more information, watch this helpful Tech Tip video.

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Setting up a home WiFi network is the perfect way to share the internet throughout your home on various connected devices, and it’s as easy as purchasing a wireless router.

For our 300 Mbps Internet service, we recommend an “80.11n dual band” router. These routers allow access to connections from 2.4Ghz up to 5Ghz and range in price from $80 to $100 at most electronics retailers.

For our Gig customers, we highly recommend an “802.11ac” router. Unfortunately, there are no wireless routers currently on the market that are capable of delivering a full gigabit of speed, but “ac” routers are the fastest available so far. They range in price from $135 to $250 at most electronics retailers.

Plug the wireless router into the indoor modem box EPB-installed Ethernet wall outlet using a Cat5 Ethernet cable (included with the router) and then simply follow the instructions provided by the router manufacturer on setting up your own home WiFi network.

If you are experiencing slow WiFi speeds after you setup your network, you can download our self-serve app, RouteThis Helps, to assist you in pinpointing and fixing common networking issues. The app scans your network for problems and provides you with helpful step-by-step instructions to improve your WiFi performance. To learn more about RouteThis Helps, click here. To download, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

There are many reasons why you may not be achieving Gigabit speeds. Let's start by pointing out that the best way to get the maximum internet speed is to connect your computer directly to the EPB Fiber Optics jack using a Cat 5e ethernet wire. Keep in mind that advertised speeds can rarely be achieved on WiFi because the signal strength diluted over a wireless network. If you're using a WiFi router, there are several factors that can affect your performance. The age and type of wireless router, as well as its placement in your home are determining factors of speed and performance. And, like all technology, wireless routers are continually improved and updated for better performance. If you're using older equipment that wasn't made to handle such speeds, we recommend that you upgrade your router and computer if necessary.

For more information, watch this helpful Tech Tip video. If you're still having trouble, give us a call anytime at 423-648-1372.

Fiber optic technology transmits information using laser-generated pulses of light that travel over hair-thin strands of glass fiber. Because light travels faster than anything else in the universe, fiber optics provide faster uploads and downloads while reducing network reaction times. Traditional communications companies use copper lines to transfer their signal to your home or business. EPB Fiber Optics is the area's only provider that uses 100% fiber optics.

If you would like to view our step-by-step instructional video, please visit https://epb.com/my-epb/anti-virus and call us anytime at 423-648-1372 if you need assistance.

There is no charge for residential installation. And, with EPB there are no contracts or hidden fees.

Yes, McAfee LiveSafe is included with our internet products at no additional charge. McAfee is a user-friendly, award-winning antivirus program that comes with many benefits, like secure cloud storage, parental controls, and True Key by Intel Security, and more. We believe this software will help give our customers a safer, more secure online experience.

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