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Getting the most out of your mobile devices with home wi-fi

September 12, 2014 • By

Even if you have an excellent and unlimited data plan, there are a few reasons why you would benefit from keeping your mobile devices connected to your home Wi-Fi as much as possible. For one, it’s actually better on your battery and, for another, you could get better internet speeds. Also, home Wi-Fi could be more economical than your cellular service.

Below is more information on how your home Wi-Fi can help you get the most out of your mobile devices.

Wi-Fi and Battery Life

You would think that having your Wi-Fi running would actually reduce your batter life. In fact, some experts even recommend turning off the Wi-Fi, and other features, to conserve the battery.

The truth of the matter is that keeping your Wi-Fi on when you’re not connected to a network will absolutely drain your battery. This is because the Wi-Fi will continually send out signals searching for a connection, and that takes battery resources.

But, if you connect to a Wi-Fi, such as your home system, it will actually save your battery. The reason this works is that when you are connected to the Wi-Fi, your phone is no longer sending out signals trying to find a connection. Not only does connecting to Wi-Fi prevent the Wi-Fi antenna from constantly searching for a signal, it also prevents the cellular antenna from constantly searching for cell towers to transmit data, which also chews up the battery.

So what does this mean? When you are at home, or near a trusted Wi-Fi, leave your device connected to the network instead of using your provider’s data. When you are away from home, or from your trusted Wi-Fi, turn off the Wi-Fi antenna. If you do this consistently, you will find that your battery lasts much longer.

Wi-Fi and Internet Speeds

There’s no doubt that 4G is fast; in fact, it is up to ten times faster than 3G. However, as fast as it is, it’s not necessarily as fast as many home Wi-Fi speeds. For example:

  • Sprint’s 4G network has download speeds of up to 10 mbps, although most are within the 3-6 mbps range;
  • Verizon’s 4G LTE delivers 5-12 mbps download speeds; and,
  • T-Mobile offers 5-8 mbps download speeds.

By comparison:

  • Cable and Fioptics offer up to 100 mbps download speeds, with the average being 20 mbps. For example, Verizon’s lowest tier Fioptics plan has 25 mbps download speeds.
  • DSL speeds are often slower than cable and Fioptics, and are actually closer to 4G speeds. However, they also tend to be cheaper than cable, Fioptics, and even 4G.

Of course there are other factors that can influence your cellular internet speed, such as your proximity to the cellular towers and even whether or not the signals can get into your home – and anyone who has experienced dead spots at home can understand. Connecting to your home Wi-Fi ensures a more consistent connection for streaming videos and other online activities.

Wi-Fi and Economics

More advanced phones have hotspot capability, which means you could use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi connection in your home. However, that could turn out to be an expensive proposition. Even services that have truly unlimited data still have limits on hotspot and tethering. For example, T-Mobile’s truly unlimited 4G data plan costs $80 per month and only includes 5 GB of hotspot service. Once you have used that up, you’ll either need to wait until the next billing cycle, or spend more money on additional data.

Home Wi-Fi systems don’t have those same limits, and they often offer deals and discounts for their services. These FIOS triple play discount codes work really well in saving you money, not just on internet but on television and phone service as well.

Conclusion

Connecting your mobile devices to a home Wi-Fi will save your battery, save your phone’s data for when you really need it, and even save you money. All you need to do is stay connected whenever you are at home, even when you leave your phone on overnight. Turn off the Wi-Fi when you are out; unless you are going to a place with a secure and trusted Wi-Fi, such as a friend or relative’s house.