4 “Poor WiFi” Disaster Stories—From Zoom Interview Nightmares to Broken TVs

4 “Poor WiFi” Disaster Stories—From Zoom Interview Nightmares to Broken TVs

Even in 2024, we seem to still tolerate poor WiFi. Think about it—how many times have you gotten stuck at “loading” while streaming Netflix or watching YouTube? How many times have you experienced lag while gaming? These may be minor issues we brush off. 

But we don’t have to live our lives tethered to the whims of an unreliable connection, like these 4 unfortunate souls.

Disaster 1: Zoom interview nightmare

Lei, 26, Civil Engineer

I had a major interview on Zoom with a company I really wanted to join, and I painstakingly spent hours on my hair and makeup to look as presentable and professional as I could. 

But once the interview started, the video kept lagging, which froze me at the most awkward facial expressions, and I kept getting cut off! In the end, he told me to just switch off the video because my WiFi probably couldn’t handle it. 

Well, that did the trick, but it ended up being a waste of effort. I couldn’t connect (pun intended) with the interviewer and didn’t get an offer in the end. 

Disaster 2: Constant lag due to multiple devices connecting concurrently

Joseph, 31, Copywriter

My WiFi constantly lags because I’ve got so many devices connecting to it at the same time. Even though it’s just me and my wife, between us, we have 2 smart TVs, 1 PC monitor, 3 laptops, 2 phones, 1 iPad, and 2 Google Nests. 

Usually, we have to turn off the WiFi on 1 or 2 devices when it gets too laggy. It’s an endless cycle of switching the WiFi on our devices off and on.

We currently use WiFi 6, and it can’t handle the 2 of us. I can’t imagine what it’s like for bigger households! 

Disaster 3: Bought a new Smart TV, only to realise the issue was my WiFi

Eleanor, 64, School Teacher

Whenever I streamed shows at home, the shows kept lagging. I thought it was because I’d bought a cheap smart TV. After months and months of frustration, I bought another, more expensive Smart TV from a more “reputable” brand. But that didn’t solve my issue at all. Turns out, it was my slow WiFi all along. 

Now, I have 2 perfectly functioning Smart TVs in my bedroom!

Disaster 4: Threw my Xbox controller at my TV and broke it

Michael, 31, Digital Marketing Executive

While playing my favourite game, FC 24 (more commonly known as FIFA), I constantly experienced lag, making the virtual soccer players jitter during the game. This has happened a few times, causing me frustration to no end.

Once, after a hard-fought game where I came back from 2-0 to 2-2, I was in a penalty shoot-out. The game lagged just as I was about to kick the ball, causing me to miss, and the ball went flying. I was so angry, I threw my controller at the TV and cracked it.

Time to put an end to your WiFi woes with WiFi 7

It’s already 2024. With so many advances in technology, it’s time we put our WiFi woes to an end by upgrading to something faster, stronger, and more reliable. Say hello to WiFi 7.


Recently launched by StarHub, WiFi 7 is a more improved version of WiFi 6. Think of it as going from 4G to 5G on a mobile network. 

Here’s a quick comparison of how much better WiFi 7 is to WiFi 6: 

WiFi 6 WiFi 7 What it means for you
2.4Ghz and 5Ghz 6Ghz A brand new 6Ghz band means fewer interruptions and a more stable connection.
160Mhz 320Mhz 2x more bandwidth for more data to pass through, meaning things can be done faster and more efficiently.
Single band Multi-Link Operation (MLO) MLO, or Multi-Link Operation, increases download and upload speeds by combining multiple bands, such as 5GHz and 6GHz.

An MLO-enabled router broadcasts its MLO SSID for MLO-capable devices (e.g. phones or laptops) to connect and enable simultaneous transmission on different bands for increased speeds.

1K QAM 4K QAM 20% more data can be transferred wirelessly, allowing you to complete your uploads and downloads faster.

With WiFi 7 on StarHub’s all-new UltraSpeed network, you’ll enjoy 4.8x faster speeds, lower latency, and a more stable connection as compared to WiFi 6—whether you’re doing an online video interview, streaming shows, uploading or downloading videos, or playing games that require massive data throughout. 

Plus, you can smoothly connect up to 4x the number of devices simultaneously—making WiFi 7 perfect for households with many people who each have multiple devices.

With WiFi being used daily, a fast and reliable connection isn’t just a luxury—it’s a basic necessity. 

Whether you’re a gamer, a Netflix binger, or simply want a more stable connection, consider an upgrade to WiFi 7—you never know, one day, it could save you from having your very own disaster story. 

Take advantage of StarHub’s exclusive promotion to upgrade now:

StarHub’s UltraSpeed 10Gbps Broadband with WiFi 7

– 10Gbps Broadband

– Free WiFi 7 router worth $799 (TP-Link EB810v)

– Premier League

– Disney+

– Amazon Prime

at only $69.95/mth (U.P. $121.01/mth)

If you know anyone who needs a boost to their WiFi speed, share this article with them!

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