WiFi versus The World: What Affects Your Connection?

We’ve all experienced a connection interruption. In the middle of a video chat, uploading a photo, or even searching for an answer to a question online, the internet slows down or disconnects completely. It’s a hassle to have to wait for the connection to return or reboot the connection altogether when you don’t control the WiFi router. It’s a shame the world is connected globally via the internet, yet we struggle to connect ourselves to the internet with a consistent, reliable WiFi signal. Not sure why your WiFi signal is suffering or non-existent? Sapphire aims to explain how international WiFi hotspots work, what can affect your signal, and how you can enhance your connectivity experience.

How does wifi travel?

Have you ever considered to stop and think how your phone or laptop transmits data from your device to the internet and back? It’s a simple concept that holds global importance.

WiFi functions on the same principle as other wireless devices you may have encountered, such as walkie-talkies, car radios, phones, or weather radios.

The key difference is unit of frequency that WiFi travels as. For example, your car radio transmits in Kilohertz and Megahertz. WiFi transmits in Gigahertz. The speed at which data is transferred and the shape of the “wave” the data travels on sets makes WiFi hard to interrupt by other frequencies (wavelengths).

WiFi is simply the “waves” between say a router and a computer. This signal is the transfer of data between the two devices, allowing for the laptop and the internet network to communicate.

What’s the difference between Travel and Regular WiFi?

The signal between travel and regular WiFi is the same. How one accesses the internet is the unique characteristic of Sapphire’s International WiFi Hotspot. When you’re traveling in a new region or country, you can use Sapphire’s portable, pocket-sized device to create a WiFi signal to connect to the internet whenever you like. You are able to take the internet wherever you go, use your device of choice, and connect on your terms.

No longer do you have to stop at a coffee shop to use the internet.

What can WiFi travel through?

Wavelengths differ in size and length. This allows for multiple types of wavelengths to use the same transmitter and receiver without much interference. This is what makes WiFi so attractive. However, other objects, such as walls, water, metal, glass, and wood do affect WiFi signal strength.

The denseness of a given object will determine how well the WiFi signal passes through it. For example, the best connection is a clear line-of-sight between the device and router within range.



How do I enhance my portable WiFi connection?

Most WiFi routers emit a signal as omnidirectional, which means the signal strength and range is like a bubble surrounding the router.

The Sapphire International WiFi Hotspot device functions in a similar way.

So how do you get a better signal?

You could use a booster, which simply re-transmits the original signal from the router. Understanding that line-of-sight between your router and device is crucial for the best signal. You should also consider moving closer to the router, so there is less obstructing the transmission of the signal to your device.

Want to get the best portable WiFi connection possible? Need a travel WiFi connection? Sapphire International WiFi Hotspot devices offer a connection to the internet while you travel. No longer do you need to go somewhere to get internet. The internet is in your pocket.