Product Tip: Connection Grading
We should note that in this article we describe optimization and cellular features which require an optional plan to use. All Go Connects display WIFi performance as a Grade, regardless of subscription.
What Is Connection Grading?
Connection grading is Go Connect’s unique way to help you understand how good your connection is. While most products focus purely on reporting “signal strength” or “speed’, at Go Connect we didn’t feel this accurate portrayed whether a connection was good or not.
WiFi performance is a factor of a number of things: signal, speed, latency (delay), jitter (smoothness). Not to mention a number of other specific problems that could occur, like bufferbloat. If you are not highly technical, you may not have ever even heard of these terms. It would be even less likely most people want to be bothered with them when all you want to do is use the WiFi.
Because of this, Go Connect developed a grading system to simplify what is happening but also to take a number of these factors into account. The idea is boil all of these different measurements down to a simple to understand letter and color system that lets you at a glance – should I be expecting good WiFi or bad.
Just as importantly too, grades are re-evaluated every few minutes so as things change you know it. And just as important, so your Go Connect can adjust as needed.
What Are The Grades?
Go Connect’s grading scale is pretty simple. It is represented by 5 grades (A, B, C, D, F) and the 3 colors.
Grade A – Green – Connection is good or better
Grade B – Yellow – Connection is OK/better than average.
Grade C – Yellow – Connection is average
Grade D – Red – Connection is bad
Grade F – Red – Connection is likely unusable/unstable
How Do I See The Grades In The App?
The grade is shown in a few key places in the app. The primary one is on the Connection overview screen (which is also the app dashboard).
You can see each connection (WiFi or cellular) and it’s grade on the right. To the left you can see the total connections (1 for WiFi or cellular only, 2 when using both WiFi and cellular). The grade on the left is the “total” grade. This grade would include any use of the cellular connection in addition to WiFi, and where applicable, and SmartBoost optimization occurring.
What Does My Go Connect Do With These Grades?
Besides information for you, your Go Connect will use these performance metrics to attempt to optimize your on the go WIFi experience.
Optimization and Priority
Go Connect’s optimization system uses the metrics that we collect for grading to help optimize and smooth out performance. Additionally, as the Go Connect detects a poor performing WIFi or cellular network it will attempt to create an “express lane” for your most important internet traffic. If you are streaming, it will prioritize your stream to keep it smooth in place of say a photo sync.
Cellular Backup and Augmentation
In Pro models with an active cellular subscription, your Go Connect will use the grading to determine when to switch over to cellular or to add in cellular to help smooth out the connection. On lower data plans to help preserve data the Go Connect will only do this when the connection becomes unusable. However, on the Premium plans the Go Connect will regularly add in cellular bandwidth, particularly when doing something that requires consistent bandwidth like Zoom meetings or video streaming.
It’s that easy to tell at a glance whether your WiFi connection is performing well. Additionally, you can easily see what other connections the Go Connect is using and the tangible benefit of any optimization or cellular augmentation. The best part is Go Connect is designed to constantly get better, so as more people use the system your Go Connect will get smarter.