So let me start out by saying that I am a nerd wannabe, and not a true nerd. I say that as a form of early apology for likely not saying the right things, and for my lack of knowledge. I’m hopeful that some of you may be able to help me learn how to move beyond a basic home network system and really optimize our setup.
My wife and I have Spectrum as our IP and rent a modem through them. We’re paying for 400mbps since we’re both working from home and are on a lot of video calls. We have three eero cupcakes: one connected to the modem, another close by connected to an Apple TV, and another upstairs connected to a second Apple TV. I know nothing about the quality or capacity of the Ethernet cables. For the most part, everything works just fine. But I have this feeling that things aren’t as great as the could be.
Apple TVs have almost no interruptions, thought every so often there are minor lags. I have a MacBook Air for work, and experience frequent slow internet, and dropped Zoom calls. I don’t have to use a VPN for work and speed tests come in around 150mbps.
My wife works on a Lenovo and has to be connected to a VPN (Cisco) and has awful internet speeds - around 20Mbps (yes, 20 - not a typo). Neither of us connect our computers via Ethernet although I’d get my wife’s connected. I’m just not sure what would be best. Do I connect to any cupcake? Which one - the one connected to the modem? Do I need an Ethernet switch? Should my WiFi performance be better than 50% of what we’re paying for? Are their settings I should be tinkering with?
I want to learn, but just don’t k ow where to start. Of course I’ve turned to Google, but there’s so much out there and it’s pretty confusing.
Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you!!!