WaveG December 3, 2018
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Wave G FAQ's

How do I troubleshoot slow internet speeds?

 

Check your power

Make sure your router is plugged in. If you are using a power strip, be sure it is in the “on” position.

Reboot or “power-cycle” your equipment

Most internet problems can be solved by power-cycling your router.

Simply unplug the router, wait 30 seconds, and plug it back in. Once the lights on the router indicate a connection, reconnect to the internet on each computer and wireless device.

Direct connection testing

Bypass your router by plugging your computer directly into the wall jack using an Ethernet cable.

If you can access the internet with this direct connection, but cannot when using your router, then your Wave G internet service is working, although your router is not. If you have a router from Wave, please contact our technical support department and we’ll help. If you have your own router, you will want to contact the support department for the router manufacturer.

If you cannot access the internet through this direct connection, please contact us for support.

How can I get the best WiFi experience?

Pick a good router location

Ideally, your router will be:

  • In a room where you most frequently use your WiFi connection
  • In the center of your home
  • Up off the floor
  • Out in the open, not in a cabinet or closet

Make sure you have a router with the newest wireless standard

You can rent a wireless router from Wave for use with your Wave G service. Rental includes full support and replacement if needed.

If you choose to use your own router, opt for one that utilizes the 802.11ac standard and is dual band so that you can choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 2.4GHz signals travel farther, while 5GHz signals are less susceptible to interference. If your router is older and does not use the latest wireless standard, your WiFi performance will suffer.

Users and devices share bandwidth

WiFi bandwidth is shared among all connected devices (such as computers, smartphones, and tablets). The more devices on the network, the less bandwidth each gets.

If you’re not actively using a device or application, consider closing it down to free up bandwidth. Note that some older electronics are not capable of leveraging today’s fastest speeds, and can negatively impact the performance of your network.

Secure and protect your network and devices

Viruses and malware can slow you down. Use a password to protect your home WiFi network and run anti-virus software on your computers and devices to keep them clean.

Use a wire for best performance

Wired speeds will always be faster than wireless. If you need faster speeds, consider plugging your computer, streaming device, or gaming console into your router with an Ethernet cable. A wired connection is especially helpful for high-bandwidth activities such as uploading/ downloading large files, live gaming, and HD  streaming.

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Do I Need a Router?

 

You will need a router in order to set up a wireless connection. To ensure that you get the best experience, we recommend our Wave high-performance gigabit-enabled router. When you add a Wave router, you have the added benefit of maintenance and support so you’ll never have to worry about buying new equipment or servicing it yourself.

If you choose to use your own router, opt for one that utilizes the 802.11ac standard and is dual band so that you can choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 2.4GHz signals travel farther, while 5GHz signals are less susceptible to interference. If your router is older and does not use the latest wireless standard, your WiFi performance will suffer.

Please contact our support team at 844.779.2834 with any questions.

 

Help! My Connection is Slow

 

Wave G strives to ensure customer satisfaction by engineering our backbone links with plenty of overhead to guarantee paramount connectivity. We take care not to over-subscribe our connections beyond acceptable margins and continually monitor backbone activity to ensure that every customer experiences advertised speeds.

Here are some tips on how to optimize your connection:
Hard-Wiring vs. Connecting Wirelessly: For the best speeds, we recommend using a wired connection (ie. plugging directly into your device). Even with the latest wireless networking standards, customers are often unable to get full speeds wirelessly.

Local Network Saturation: Other computers within your network can eat up a large a portion of your network throughput. Sharing a connection through a router could cause some slow downs in speeds. For example, if one computer on your network is saturating your connection, you may experience a slowdown.

Out-Dated Equipment: Our ultra-high speed service is encroaching speed levels where older computers cannot take full advantage of our service. Upgrades to your computer may be needed in order to receive full connectivity.

Web Server Congestion: Occasionally, often at peak usage times, some websites may respond very slowly to your queries. When this happens, it’s often because the servers hosting this site have been saturated and are working to compensate. Your Wave G connection is working just fine.

If you’re experiencing slower than advertised speeds, please give support a call at 844.779.2834 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Can I still get TV in my unit?

 

Yes! You can use your amazing Wave G service for streaming TV services over the internet OR you can sign up for traditional TV service from the provider of your choice.

Our service uses the existing data cables coming into your unit, typically Cat3, Cat5 or Cat6 cabling. For our Ethernet-based buildings, we will switch a jack out to an RJ-45 wall plate, and for our VDSL buildings, this remains an RJ-11 plate. Our infrastructure does not use coaxial cable or hinder any use of available coax jacks in your unit.

Will I lose phone service if the power goes out?

 

Wave G phone is a Voice over IP (VoIP) service delivered over your Wave G internet connection and requires power to work. In the event of a power outage, your Wave G phone service, including 911, will be interrupted unless you have an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) in place.

You can purchase a UPS from sources like Amazon.com. For eight hours of back-up, you would need a robust UPS unit with additional battery back-up like this example. There are also many other more cost-effective options that offer less back up time like this example.

NOTE: cordless phones, or other powered electronics plugged into the phone line, also need power to function.

E911 Notice for Wave G phone service

 

E911 Notice

FCC rules require that IP-based phone providers remind you about these important 911 facts: Wave needs a correct service address to deliver your proper location information to E911. If you move phone equipment to a different address, call Wave at 1-844-779-2834. Wave Phone uses the electrical power in your home. You may not be able to make 911 calls if there is a power outage, network or other technical problems, or if your Wave Phone service is terminated or suspended. If you lose power, your telephony modem comes equipped with a battery back-up. Call Wave at 1-844-779-2834 if you have questions about your battery back-up or compatibility with emergency alert systems that use a phone line.

How do I return my equipment?

 

Modems and routers can be dropped off at a Wave retail store.  Click here for locations.

If dropping it off is inconvenient, we can provide a FedEx shipping label for return.  Please contact us at customerservice@wavebroadband.com or call us 844-779-2834 to get your label.  A $12 fee may apply.

Does Wave G support IPv6?

 

Yes!

Most routers will auto-configure for IPv6 compatible with our network.  If not, the most common problem is that new firmware is needed on your router.  Below please find instructions for firmware and settings for Wave G supported routers and couple of other common options.  If you need further assistance, please call us at 1-844-779-2834.

TP Link Archer C7

With up to date firmware, the TP-Link C7 Archer will detect and auto-configure itself with IPv6 compatible to our network.  Current firmware can be found here.

Here’s a quick walkthrough for updating the firmware:

  1. Choose your hardware version
  2. Download the file to your computer
  3. Go to SystemTools >> then in the expanded menu click firmware upgrade
  4. Choose the file you downloaded, which will then be uploaded to the router. It updates when you hit “upgrade.”

After the upload begins, DO NOT UNPLUG THE ROUTER UNTIL IT HAS FINISHED or it could corrupt the hardware and render the router useless.

If you’re still experiencing problems after up-to-date firmware is installed, check your settings.

  1. Log into TP-Link router through the gateway in your browser.
    • In the address bar, either type “tplinklogin.net” or if that fails, “192.168.0.1”
    • The username and password are both “admin” by default.
    • This can be done over a wireless connection, but if any changes are to be made to the SSID or Password, it is recommended that you connect your router to your computer with an Ethernet cable.
  2. Click on “IPv6 Support” in the menu on the left
  3. In the new menu, click on “IPv6 Setup”
  4. Ensure that “WAN Connection Type” is set to SLAAC
  5. Press connect
  6. Wait about a minute
  7. Ensure that “IPv6 Address Assign Type” is set to SLAAC in the “LAN Setup” area.
  8. Hit Save
  9. Wait about 5 minutes
  10. Test by going to test-ipv6.com

ASUS AC-66U

First, upgrade your firmware here.

https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC66U/HelpDesk_Download/

Click on “Administration” on the menu on the left.  I have highlighted this option in the screenshot above. In the top menu, select “Firmware Upgrade”.

Make sure your Connection Type is set to Native in the IPv6 Menu.

Test the connection by going to www.test-ipv6.com

Apple Airport

Click here for more information about the latest firmware for Apple Airport routers: https://support.apple.com/downloads/airport

Then check settings: In Internet Options, Ensure that “Configure IPv6:” is set to Automatically, and “IPv6 Mode:” is set to Native.

 

 

Does Wave G phone support 711?

 

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) is a free service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that enables people who have difficulty speaking or hearing to use a standard voice telephone. Callers can contact TRS by dialing 711 from anywhere in the United States. Wave G phone service supports 711 dialing to access TRS. The TRS service calls are facilitated by a communications assistant (CA) who serves as the “link” in the conversation between Wave and the customer.  All conversations occurring with the assistance of a CA are confidential and cannot be disclosed by the CA. In an emergency the caller should still call 911 for the fastest response of emergency personnel.
For more information regarding 711, visit www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/711.html.-TRS-