With the 5 Gbit iliad fiber you are required to surf mostly at 500 Mbit – Nach Welt

The iliad fiber offer is now available in Italy, and undoubtedly on paper it is Revolutionary in several respects, as the company promises. However, you have to pay close attention to the actual browsing speedbecause although iliad promises up to 5 Gbit / s im Download, from what we understand that speed will be practically unattainable for most users. Indeed, the risk is to navigate mostly to 500 Mbit/s: half compared to a “traditional” fiber.

Arrive at 5Gbps over fiber

Let’s read what würfel iliad itself about, reporting an excerpt from the company’s websitethen present in the contract itself:

The theoretical maximum download speed of 5Gbit / s overall (up to 2.5 Gbit / s on 1 Ethernet port, up to 1 Gbit / s on 2 Ethernet ports and up to 0.5 Gbit / s in Wi-Fi) can vary based on coverage, degree of network congestion, available technology in the area, capacity of the server you are connected to, and use of the Wi-Fi connection.

The 5 Gbit are in praktischen Daten by the sum of 4 factors: the 3 Port Ethernet present on the iliadboxeach with its own dedicated band that not può disturb with that of the others (CEO Benedetto Levi was quite clear on this during the presentation), plus the remaining 0.5 Gbit per second for the Wi-Fi network.

To “fill” all 5 Gbit you will therefore need a device equipped with an ethernet network card of at least 2.5 Gbps (which are not so widespread), and two other devices that they reach up to Gigabit each; lastly, one or more devices in Wi-Fi are also needed, those are undoubtedly more common, just think of smartphones, tablets and notebooks.

An example of this is a 2.5 Gbps college PC desktop, a 1 Gb NAS and a three-port smart TV; tutti e tre a cable distance from the router (if you think about it it’s not too common a situation). In the absence of one or more of these, you will always have (good) part of the unused bandbecause each port should have its own band dedicated to it and not otherwise accessible. But the real problem is another.

The problem with residues for Wi-Fi

According to what was declared by iliad, for the Wi-Fi network the available bandwidth is “only” 0.5 Gbit. And unless you beabsichtigt that it is 500 Mbit maximum for each device connected via wireless (but this is not written anywhere, and in any case it would still be a limit compared to the real capabilities of each device and the network itself), this means that you will have 500 Mbit from divide among all the devices connected to Wi-Fi, which are very easily the clear majority of those you will have at home.

Smartphone, Tablet, smart speakerand in general all devices for the Home automation (robot vacuum cleaners, surveillance cameras, connected appliances, etc.) connect to the network via Wi-Fi. Most of the Notebook you will mostly use them over Wi-Fi, and probably there too Smart TV, if not adjacent to the router. All these devices will have at most 500 Mbit dedicated band, with 4.5 Gbit remaining band.

In the case of any competitive FTTH, with 1 Gbit / s in download, there are no similar limits, and a single wireless device can, if necessary, exploit all the gigabit per second available. In other words: making one WLAN speed test on the iliad network you could go slower than on the competition.

And with the 1 Gbit iliad fiber? Good question! In that case there are no indications on the iliad website, and since the maximum band is 5 times lower, we can venture that there is no breakdown. See that the slowest fiber is the fastest!

So are 500 Mbit enough?

But if the network is a total of 5 Gbit, Why impose this distribution? The first answer that comes to mind is precisely to prevent everyone from making full use of these 5 Gbit, to the full advantage of decongesting the network (and perhaps costs for the operator, who in any case relies on a third-party service, that of OpenFiber. ).

Now, let’s clarify that However, 500 Mbit of bandwidth is a lot, and even with different devices connected it is difficult for you to experience slowdowns; the fact is that, in light of these considerations, the iliad fiber could still be slower than the competition based on FTTH.

Everything regarding the speed im Download. For what concerns 700 Mbit im Upload We do not know there are any limitations whatsoever, which would lead us to the “paradox” of having a Wi-Fi with more band im Uplink than im Downlink.

La solution

We emphasize, however, that a method for get around this constraint would exist, indeed wegen:

  • connect one (or more) third party routers To the Ethernet ports of the iliadbox and browse the Wi-Fi of the latter, instead of with that of the iliadbox
  • do not use the iliadbox: in this case there should be no limits, but officially supported models at the moment they seem to be just a couple (the Tower of Everything 2020345€ at Amazon – and the unspoken MikroTik RB4011iGS+5HacQ2HnD-IN – €256, buy from Amazon)

We have already contacted iliad about this and we are awaiting a response from the operator: after all, the documentation provided so far is not full of details, so maybe we have missed some important element. If there were any relevant news, we will certainly update the article.


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