“The most common problems are usually the interference of other Wi-Fi networks, interruptions by other electrical devices or poor coverage, the most common being a combination of the three,” says Teknautas Bent Erik Skaug, co-founder of the company, when ask why my home network goes awfully wrong. Something they try to get their hands on with a platform that, from the cloud, constantly monitors what is happening in each home network to optimize it (almost) in real time.
A few months ago I went to a friend’s house and I was surprised to see that he had renamed his home network as ‘PAY THE WIFI, C *** BR *** N’. “He put it because there was a neighbor who found a way to get hooked on my internet ‘”, he let go when I asked him about the key, afraid if he was going to touch me to prop up something. He said it with a certainty that could be called empirical. That is one of the classic excuses to justify how bad the connection is. That someone is sucking from the boat. There are other popular formulas to justify connecting to pedals. Sometimes they are true, but most do not. Many times it is used to change the rate, the device or to install other solutions to improve the signal. What would they tell me if I tell them that you can solve without touching anything? This is what Domos, a small Norwegian startup, intends to make the leap to the home market after awakening the curiosity of some of the big telcos operating in Spain.
“A Signal Repeater can be a Disaster”
Skaug, also CEO of the firm, explains that most users are unaware that they can improve the performance of their connection without making major changes. “In general, there is no need to change the device, and in most of the cases that make that decision, a repeater to boost the signal is more than enough,” he analyzes. “Our data tells us that less than a third of people need these devices.” The key, he says, is “to know when you really need it”, because if not, they can even generate the opposite effect. “In dense areas, it can be a disaster,” he says bluntly, taking into account the interference of homes and apartments around us.
Changing rates may not be the solution either. “Of course, going from ADSL to fiber will give you more speed, but if your Wi-Fi is a bottle neck, something very common, the change will not help you .” Domos, which has already raised rounds of funding for two and a half million euros, is basically a platform in the cloud that with Artificial Intelligence and ‘machine learning’ can collect data from our connection and analyze them.
Your Router is neither Old nor Bad
“The problem is not that they are cheap or old, the problem is that they are not optimized for the environment and the conditions of each house,” he says. Of course, the manager criticizes the routers that traditionally distributed the operators to their customers, since the objective, above the quality, was that they did not imply a great cost for the company. Although that in recent times has changed, Domos is compatible with most models that the ‘telcos’ have distributed in recent years. Other times, qualifies, the ballast is not the internet service or the router, if not a mobile device or any other misconfigured. “If it transmits slow devours the bandwidth causing delays and slow transmission to other devices.”
One of the things is the ease of getting it going. The solution does not require any physical intervention. You do not need any technician or call to the switchboard. Orange, Vodafone, Teléfonica, and MásMóvil update their routers several times a year and Domos can be part of any of these updates.