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Old Devices Slow You Down

Legacy Devices

Technology changes at a dizzying pace. Wi-Fi itself is on its 6th major version! Equipment that doesn’t support Wi-Fi 5 or 6 can be outdated. These “legacy devices” can have a negative impact on your Wi-Fi. They contain an older version of Wi-Fi standards, limiting their capability. However, different frequencies could help combat this issue and optimize performance.


There are two Wi-Fi frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. OEC Fiber Wi-Fi automatically steers connected devices to the best frequency available. This practice, called band steering, optimizes device Wi-Fi performance and creates a seamless experience for subscribers. It reduces the work they have to do to get the best internet speed.


Switching between the two frequencies is great, but what if it’s not working? There comes a time when legacy devices can no longer support modern programs and systems. They cannot keep up with current internet speeds, resulting in buffering and slowdowns that leave us frustrated with our online experience.


You can do software updates, replace parts and add memory. Still, there will come a time when it is no longer compatible with modern technology.


For businesses, this can lead to a loss in productivity. Frequent system crashes leave employees waiting for the computer to decide if it will work. More than that, those outdated systems can cost you money. Maintaining older systems can quickly turn into a money pit. Not only are the repairs costly, but they also take away from focusing on more critical issues you may be facing.


How do you know when “old reliable” has reached legacy status? Simple. Check the app.


The OEC Fiber Support App shows you any legacy devices you have and helps identify what could be slowing your Wi-Fi connection down. Even businesses can use the app to start the troubleshooting process. If issues continue, call our technical support team for in-depth assistance.


Regardless of the devices in your home or business, you deserve the best experience possible. Identifying legacy devices helps ensure you are connected the way you deserve.

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