Stepping Back Into the “Chief Geek” Role

When I started MetaGeek in 2005, it was just me and an idea. I had no office, no employees, and no processes.. I handled all the engineering, marketing, sales, fulfillment, and customer support. I was passionate about the problem Wi-Spy solved, I loved helping customers visualize their WiFi, and I was committed to do whatever needed to be done to turn my idea of Wi-Spy into a reality.

The original Wi-Spy Viewer software from 2005

The original Wi-Spy Viewer software from 2005

It turned out, my business case for Wi-Spy was correct, and MetaGeek flourished. We added employees, built software products downloaded by millions, and sold Wi-Spy to tens of thousands of WiFi geeks around the world. As MetaGeek grew and became a “real company,” my role shifted more to management and leadership. For the past three years I have been full-time CEO, which has been a rewarding challenge. And while I’ve learned a lot, I’ve also realized being CEO isn’t my passion. So I am returning to my entrepreneurial roots as “Chief Geek.”

I will focus on product development and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs at MetaGeek. I have asked Brian Tuttle to lead MetaGeek as CEO. Brian was MetaGeek’s first full-time employee, and has been involved in developing and growing all aspects of MetaGeek’s business and culture throughout the years, including his time as CTO and COO. Brian will be an excellent CEO and leader. We are excited for this opportunity to build an awesome company and help my fellow geeks rid the world of awful WiFi.

Why in Tarnation is My WiFi So Slow?
Part 2: The Anatomy of Internet Throughput


The internet

This is the Internet!

Before we get into the weeds of what impacts WiFi throughput in future blogisodes of “Why in Tarnation is My WiFi So Slow,” I want to first break down what throughput is in relation to the internet and WiFi.

Part 1 of this blogisode series defines throughput as how fast data is flowing through a connection at a time. Regarding WiFi internet throughput, we typically measure how fast internet data is flowing from your home WiFi router to your client device (laptop, phone, etc) with the point of measurement being recorded at the client device.

Did you notice that I wrote “from your WiFi router to your client device?” This series focuses on WiFi throughput. However, I do want to point out that throughput from your home modem to a client device via an ethernet line (hard line) will always show different results than when measuring over WiFi.

Why in Tarnation is My WiFi So Slow?
Part 1: Bandwidth vs Throughput

Bandwidth. Throughput. Two different things; commonly used interchangeably.

Internet speeds can be as slow as a snail crossing the road

Does this describe your internet speeds?

Have you ever heard a friend, relative, or customer say something similar to “My internet is sooo slow… the {insert ‘bandwidth’, ‘throughput’, and/or ‘internet speed’ here} is just terrible … ?”

I am going to take a gander and say this is likely something you hear all the time. It may even be something you say all the time. But, what is the truth behind this type of statement? Is bandwidth the issue? Is throughput the issue?

The truth is that the root cause behind slow internet issues can be due to a bandwidth issue, due to a throughput issue, due to both, or even due to something entirely different. This post will describe what bandwidth is, what throughput is, and ways they contribute to poor internet performance. As for the something entirely different, keep an eye on this blog as this is the first in the series of “Why in Tarnation is My WiFi So Slow?!”