Years ago, we purchased products like appliances, home electronics and labour saving devices, with the understanding that we wouldn’t need to replace or upgrade them for many years, or in some cases even decades. Our expectation for quality and durability hasn’t changed, but most of us can attest to the fact that the lifespan for newly manufactured consumer electronics, seems to have dramatically decreased. It is not actually an issue that the device won’t physically last but instead it ends up not functioning as intended or won’t integrate properly with other devices or apps.
For most of us, reliance on the internet as an essential service to conduct our daily routine is now expected. Governments treat it as such, regulating service providers (though their effectiveness is debatable) and ensuring most remote areas, regardless of population, have coverage. Networks are most often referred to as Wi-Fi, which in most people’s minds means “wireless”, quick and convenient. However, poor quality Wi-Fi routers or weak signals caused by interference, overlapping Wi-Fi channels or blocked signals from ceilings and walls, frequently results in a frustrating experience and reduced productivity.