I have a Verizon Fios connection - 25Mbps and solid as a rock. I also have their modem/router they force you to use and for the six months that I’ve had the service, it’s been great - Speed tests on my iPad (which uses WiFi exclusively) also show the same 25Mbps as my desktop (which is hard wired to the router.)
Suddenly, every now and then, my WiFi speeds will tank - down to 1 or 2 Mbps - even though the desktop is still getting the full 25Mbps as always. Naturally, I reboot the router and it doesn’t help. This just started happening a couple of weeks ago.
I run a network watcher which shows what devices are connected to my WiFi and my phone and pad are the only connected devices. I know the watcher is working because I can see my phone come and go if I turn it off and on.
Nothing helps. Then, just as suddenly, maybe a few minutes later, maybe a few hours later, and just as out of the blue, the WiFi will be back to full speed.
So my question is if it is possible for something at the Verizon end of things to cause these fluctuations in WiFi speed? I don’t believe they are deliberately messing with me, but I can’t understand how this is happening or even where the problem might be.
FWIW, a week after this problem cropped up for the first time, I got a letter from Verizon pitching their “new and improved” WiFi router that they want me to buy. I’m not a conspiracy theory guy, but WTF?