Fake Advert - Wifi Blast Shop

I'm sure you've seen this advert loads of times on the internet?

wifi blast shop

It tells us, "Finally, there is a new plug-in device that can double internet speeds and wifi reach"

This isn't it.  Because a simple reverse image search tells me that the device above is in fact...

 

blaze advert

The Blaze - A kickstarter project for an IoT device, created by Kevin Webster.  Presumably that's for when he's not fixing cars or having extra marital affairs?

Any way, so that was quite easy to debunk.  Let's go to the advert for the actual "device" on Wifiblastshop.com

Right off the bat, the author of the advert sounds like a dick.

Starts off saying he convinced his boss to let him work from home, and on day one it took 5 minutes for his e-mail to come up.  Hmm had he not experienced this on his network previously with any of his own devices?

We'll never know, he's not thought of that bit of bullshit yet.

So, what happens next?  Well, "Barry" from his ISP turns up and after he's been plied with booze, tells him the problem he's facing:

 

Router throttling, man,” he said. “So, yeah, when you sign up, they give you the speeds you asked for. At first. But after a while, they throttle the bandwidth in your router. The internet going to your house hasn’t changed, so it’ll say you’re still up to speed. But the router doesn’t have the same output as it used to.

I blinked as it started to dawn on me, just what Barry was saying...

It’s their little game,” he said. “Suddenly, your internet’s not going so fast, but you can’t actually prove that it’s slower. Since the numbers look okay, you probably just have to ‘upgrade’ to the next package. Which is more expensive, of course.

OK, what a load of bollocks.

Is he really suggesting that his ISP maintain the speed from their network to his router that he's paying for then limit the "bandwidth" from his router?  Why on earth would they do that?

This "little game" he mentions, who wins if that was the case?  His ISP?  They gain nothing from it at all.  When an ISP throttles it limits the bandwidth to your router, not inside your house!  They don't save any money by doing that.  And what if you hardwired your devices?  They wouldn't be affected.

Apart from that being completer bollocks, there are 2 other angles here:

1 - Your ISP most likely won't have access to your router to change settings on it anyway.  Sure, if you don't change the default password they might be able to get onto it, but there really isn't a "Secret ISP throttling" option for them to turn on. I'm also pretty certain they're not allowed to log on to your router and change settings.

2 - What if you don't use the router your ISP send you? 

See how preposterous it sounds?

So what happens next?

Barry smiled at me and held one finger in the air as he finished his beer. Then he went out to the truck and returned with a small white device. He plugged it in the wall and dusted off his hands with a “watch this” smirk on his face.

 

wifi repeater

Ah.. So, THAT's the device that will make your life better is it?  Not the mini touch screen thing you tried to pass off earlier.  I'm not sure I trust you now.

OK Barry, what is it and what does it do?

You didn’t get this from me, man,” he said. “It’s a WiFiBlast. It reconnects the split channels from your router and blasts it across the house. Trust me, man, you’re not gonna have any troubles with speed anymore.

 

Oh, thanks Barry.  You sound like a hippy, man.

How does it work?

According to the advert:

The internet that goes from the wire into your modem/router is measured in bandwidth. It’s basically a measurement of how fast your internet is. As mentioned above, ISPs throttle this bandwidth. (Seriously, I had to look it up and it turns out it’s a huge controversy!) All in an effort to get you to pay them more.

But the WiFiBlast prevents this throttling by keeping open the maximum bandwidth. And the ISPs can’t tamper with it. You following me? Good.

Basically, it’s internet you’re currently getting, but boosted.

It’s quite the nifty little device...

 

The WifiBlast prevents throttling.  Right.

And how do I know if I need one?

Well, the short answer is, if you live in the UK, you need it. In fact, a recent survey showed that 87% of UK residents are unhappy with their internet service provider, and it’s easy to see why...

All ISPs throttle their customers… and now, millions of UK residents are finally fighting back with the WiFiBlast.

Symptoms of WiFi Throttling:

    • Slow WiFi speeds in certain rooms
    • Certain devices can’t connect to WiFi (This is a BIG indicator)
    • Connection drops at random times
    • There are dead zones in the house
    • WiFi networks disappear and reappear entirely
    • Slow video streaming (YouTube, Netflix, etc.)
    • Laggy online video game play

 

All that's describing is a shit wifi network.  Wifi slow in some rooms?  Your wifi is shit.  Your house has thick walls.  Wifi can't get through thick walls.

Dead zones in the house.  Isn't that the same as point 1?

It's just a load of nonsense.

Now, they call the device a "WifiBlast" which is bollocks really, because it's just a Wifi repeater.  A simple Amazon search will return you a host of Wifi repeaters, and most of them look the same as the image above, simply because they're a cheap, generic Chinese piece of shit.

Are they any good?  From experience (I tried one to see if it would help with a CCTV issue, it didn't) no.  They connect to your Wifi and essentially rebroadcast your network.

They might be useful to add a bit of Wifi to a room that's struggling but generally I thought it pretty crap.

 

This advert is absolutely appalling, it targets people with no technical knowledge but at the same time it contradicts itself.  

It also suggests that Wifi is the Internet, which is fucking well isn't!  You can have Wifi (e.g A Wireless network) without having access to the internet.

That's another advert torn to pieces, if you come across any worth investigating (or simply taking the piss out of) then send it in!

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