The Biggest Myths About High-Speed Internet

Every once in a while, it’s fun to read about all the untrue things you can find about the Internet; and there are a lot of untrue things out there that claim to be “Facts” about how high-speed Internet works.

Of course, you can’t always believe everything you read. And before deciding what to do about your current Internet plan or assuming it should be capable of doing certain things, it’s important to differentiate between fact and myth.

Some myths you might have read about probably have to do with Internet performance and speed. 

  • Is it true that the Internet slows down when there’s a lot of users on it?
  • Turning off the computer and turning it back on will make the Internet work faster.
  • Is the cloud a literal cloud?
  • Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is tracking your every move. 

It’s easy to get caught up on all the myths there are out there about high-speed Internet. Even if statements like the ones above sound true, most of the time, they are highly unlikely and probably not based on facts. 

So, to keep your mind at ease, here are the most common myths out there about high-speed Internet. 

Myth #1: The More Users Online, the Slower the Internet

FALSE

This is a fairly common assumption that stems from the early 2000s when everyone had dial-up and anything could slow down the connection and its ability to stay online. While the number of users online can slow down the Internet in a particular area, that kind of slowdown largely depends on outside factors dealing with the local infrastructure.

The rules are not the same with your particular Internet connection inside your home. The only way that the number of users can impact the quality of your Internet connection is if you have limited bandwidth that cannot support multiple devices and multiple users at one time. 

If you have a big household and multiple people that will connect to your Internet connection, make sure that you choose an Internet plan that can comfortably support all the users. It also helps to have modern multi-band routers with smart allocation that can ease issues with connectivity. 

Myth #2: 5G Technology Can Make You Sick

FALSE

Though there are a lot of concerns with technology having the ability to make people sick—some people claim that large amounts of exposure to 5G can cause cancer—it’s only natural to feel a little apprehensive about willingly exposing ourselves to anything that might cause harm. 

However, there is no truth to this myth. Although 5G waves are stronger now than they used to be when cell phones first came out, researchers agree that you’d have to have enormous amounts of exposure (more than it is physically possible) to potentially run any type of risks. Don’t worry, you’re okay! You can stream all the shows you want. 

Myth #3: Encryption Slows Down the Internet Connection

FALSE

There are plenty of customers that refuse to add any extra encryption or security programs to their computer because they wholeheartedly believe that it will slow down their connection too much and make everything freeze. 

This might have been the case twenty years ago, but it’s certainly not the case now. Certain at-home encryptions or firewalls may cause a delay in certain apps that perhaps cannot support the security firewalls as well, but there’s no reason for your entire connection to come down to a halt.  If this is happening, it’s worth taking your computer to a professional and seeing if there are other issues that might prevent you from enjoying an optimal high-speed connection. 

Myth #4: The Weather Can Slow Down the Connection

FALSE

Technically, depending on your location and what type of Internet connection you’re able to get, it is possible that the weather might interrupt the transmission of the signal. For example, if you live in a remote area and you only have access to the Internet through a satellite, yes it is possible that a terrible snow storm knocks down your connection to the outside world. 

However, for customers using wireless data connections, the weather should not be a factor that disrupts your Internet connection. Remember that wireless connections get their power from cell towers in the surrounding areas. Most cell towers can withstand any type of weather unless the conditions are very severe, like a tornado or a hurricane. 

Myth #5: Getting a New Router Will Increase Internet Speed

FALSE

While getting a new router might seem like it’s making your Internet connection faster, in actuality what the new router is doing is processing the data better. 

Routers or modems have no actual effect on the speed of the Internet. They’re there to help facilitate the connection and translate data into your computer. Though getting a new router might make improvements on data processing and better data compression, it’s not actually affecting the speed of your Internet in your household. It’s only helping the communication, that’s all. 

Other Common Myths About High-Speed Internet

The number of myths out there are infinite. These are some of the other ones you might have read about. 

Remember, they are all false and absolutely not true. 

  • Wi-Fi is not reliable. 
  • Uploading is supposed to be slower than downloading.
  • If you’re closer to the server, your Internet connection will perform better. 
  • Clearing your cache will fix all Internet speed problems. 
  • All Internet connections today are fiber-optic. 

There are many myths surrounding high-speed Internet and what can do or how it should work. Most of the time, myths are just that, untrue information that is spread around online and confuses users. 

It’s never easy to keep up with all the facts online, but always make sure that you’re doing your research before making any decisions that might affect your Internet connection in the long run. Despite how frustrating it can be to suffer with a slow connection, chances are it’s something that you can fix without having to resort to testing out all the myths available online on how to fix the problem.