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Virgin Super Hub
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Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband & Phone

Fibre optic broadband, unlimited downloads, free wireless router & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

EXCLUSIVE at uSwitch - £4 package deal. EVEN FASTER broadband + FREE Super Hub & FREE INSTALLATION worth £49.95!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £4.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
TalkTalk Router 2012
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TalkTalk Unlimited Broadband

TalkTalk SimplyBroadband. Only pay for calls you use, nothing more. Ideal if you don't use many landline calls. Free wireless router.

TalkTalk's TOTALLY UNLIMITED broadband FREE wireles router, FREE security package & FREE CONNECTION (worth £30)!

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up to* 16Mb
unlimited 12 months £3.50 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
Bt HomeHub 4 Front
Roundel Sainsburys £25 Gift Card

BT Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Unlimited weekend calls included. Free wireless Home Hub 4, unlimited WiFi minutes, free connection & BT Sport app & online.

Offer: NOW HALF PRICE FOR 6 MONTHS + Free connection worth £30 & BT Sport online + FREE £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 16Mb
unlimited 18 months £8.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
Sky Hub Black
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Sky Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Totally unlimited broadband with no usage caps. Inclusive weekend calls & unlimited Sky WiFi included. Sky TV not required.

Online offer: HALF PRICE FOR 12 MONTHS. Totally unlimited broadband & Sky WiFi & FREE Sky Hub + FREE £25 M&S VOUCHER!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
Brightbox - EE
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EE Unlimited Broadband and Calls

Free Norton Security, unlimited weekend calls. Exclusive for EE, Orange & T-mobile mobile customers when you buy online.

Existing customers: LOWEST PRICE EVER for Orange, T-Mobile & EE mobile customers FREE Bright Box wireless router (worth £95)

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £2.00 price details Buy now 0800 787 0958
TalkTalk Router 2012
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TalkTalk Essentials TV, Broadband & Phone

Totally unlimited broadband + evening & weekend calls. Pause & rewind TV with free YouView box, free router & free install.

New offer: LOWEST PRICED TV BUNDLE. FREE install and a FREE router plus get a FREE YouView TV box (worth £149)!

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up to* 16Mb
unlimited 18 months £6.00 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
Technicolour TG582
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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Calls

Unlimited broadband with weekend calls included. Free wireless router. Free activation. Free UK-based customer support.

uSwitch EXCLUSIVE: Better than half price. ONLY £3.25 for 12 MONTHS (was £9.99) + FREE activation (worth £25) + FREE router!

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up to* 16Mb
unlimited 12 months £3.25 price details Buy now 0808 271 9241
Virgin Super Hub
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Virgin Media Starter Collection

Fibre broadband, 60+ TV channels (including HD) & home phone. Free TiVo 500GB, wireless router & unlimited weekend calls.

Online offer: FREE 500GB TiVo box plus now EVEN FASTER 50Mb broadband speeds and NOW HALF PRICE FOR 6 MONTHS!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 18 months £10.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
Bt HomeHub 5 Front
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BT Infinity Broadband & Calls

Get BT's NetProtect Plus with fibre broadband + weekend calls. Free Wireless Home Hub 5, basic McAfee security, & free connection.

Exclusive: HALF PRICE for 6 MONTHS with FREE BT Sport, FREE Home Hub, FREE Wi-Fi & FREE £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 38Mb
40GB 18 months £8.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Black Youview

TalkTalk Plus TV, Broadband & Phone

Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls. Pause, rewind and record TV from the last 7 days plus Freeview, blockbusters & box sets.

New: 7 FREE Sky Entertainment Channels! Pause, rewind and record over 200 hours on a FREE YouView box worth £299!

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up to* 16Mb
unlimited 18 months £13.00 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table.

Wireless broadband explained

Wireless broadband (or Wi-Fi) is quickly becoming the norm in almost every household with a broadband connection. With wireless broadband, several people can get online at once, making it brilliant for busy households.

The great advantage of portable devices such as laptops, tablets and netbooks is that you can carry them around from room to room, or even out into the garden. With a wireless broadband connection, you can make full use of your devices by using them anywhere in range!

To get wireless broadband in your home, you need a wireless router. Wireless routers are the devices that transmit data from the Internet around your home. This data will travel through the router and is broadcast and picked up by wireless adapters that you plug into whichever device you want to pick up wireless broadband.

Want to know more about wireless broadband? Read our guide - What is wireless broadband?

Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now supply customers with wireless routers (often for free) allowing them to go wireless with their broadband packages, so every member of the family can make the most of their broadband connection whenever they want or need to.

Wireless broadband is for everyone

Quite literally! Wireless broadband makes broadband readily available throughout the home, from families to students and shared homes, or even people who live alone and simply want the freedom of Internet everywhere:

  • Families The technological revolution has seen households up and down the country become owners of multiple PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and games consoles that operate online.

If you’re part of a family where everyone seems to want to access the Internet at once from different rooms of the house, wireless broadband is a must. To view all family broadband packages, see our family broadband page

  • Gamers The gaming world has never been more competitive than now. With a greater, more sophisticated range of consoles than ever before, online gaming has become an international pastime operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For gamers using PS3s, Xbox 360s, Nintendo Wiis, Wii U's and other wireless gaming devices, wireless broadband is essential. Compare all gaming broadband packages on our gaming broadband page.

  • Laptop and iPad users Maybe you’re tired of being tied down by your telephone point? If you’re a laptop, netbook or iPad user, then you’re bound to be getting frustrated with having to sit in the same place all the time.

Maybe you want to relax on the sofa while you stream some catch-up TV or sit in your bed on a Sunday morning and shop online. Wireless broadband will give you the freedom to roam and get online wherever you are in the house. See all broadband and free laptop packages.

  • Multiple computer owners For those of us who want to expand the number of computers used at home, or those with several computer users already living at home, wireless broadband is the most obvious solution to multiple Internet users.

Wireless broadband is unnecessary if:

  • You solely connect to the Internet on a desktop computer that is near a telephone point. However, with wireless routers now provided as standard with most providers, you may find it hard to find a broadband product that still includes a standard, fixed-line router.

Wireless broadband routers

A wireless router does exactly what the name suggests - it routes signals without the use of wires. Most wireless routers have at least one aerial or antenna, which the router uses to send signals wirelessly to your computer’s wireless adapter.

Many computers have a built-in wireless adapter that you can turn on to pick up wireless broadband signals from your wireless router. However, if you do not have this facility on your laptop - most likely because it's an older model - you can get a wireless network card or external wireless adapter that will pick up the wireless broadband signal from your wireless router.

There is a lot of jargon to understand when it comes to wireless routers; you will need to look out for 802.11g and 802.11n. These numbers are a wireless broadband standard that indicate the speed at which information can travel using your wireless router. Older wireless routers are 802.11g. The 'n' standard means faster data transfer - these are newer models.

The very newest wireless routers, however, use the 'ac' standard. These are super high performance models and for the most part aren't included with UK home broadband services.

For more information on wireless broadband routers, check out our guide: What is a wireless router?

Each ISP offering wireless broadband has its own wireless router that comes free with its wireless broadband packages.

O2’s wireless broadband routers

O2 currently offers two different wireless routers depending on the wireless broadband package that you choose.

O2 home wireless broadband The Works bundle comes with the O2 Best Wireless Box which supports 'n' technology. The Best Wireless box also enables realtime multimedia content streaming. You can do this by plugging in a USB memory stick to the router and sharing the contents on your home network.

The O2 home wireless broadband Basics, All-Rounder and Access packages come with the O2 Standard Wireless Box which supports 802.11b and 802.11g standards.

Both the O2 wireless box routers come with pre-set security features including a built-in firewall.

TalkTalk wireless broadband router

TalkTalk customers are provided with different routers depending on the package they choose. Essentials subscribers, for instance, get an entry-level model, while PlusTV customers get a router with additional features.

Add TalkTalk's Fibre Boost and you'll be given a fibre broadband compatible router that's optimised to handle the faster speeds that cable technology is capable of.

BT wireless broadband routers – the BT Home Hub

The BT Home Hub has been a driving force in raising the standards of the wireless router game for all ISPs. The Home Hub wireless router has twice the wireless range of any other wireless router on the market.

The BT Home Hub is a next generation wireless router with 'N' technology. It's easy to connect to multiple devices such as PCs, laptops and gaming consoles without the need for wires. The built-in firewall helps keep you safe from viruses and unwanted intruders. The BT Home Hub even updates itself automatically with new features including all-important security updates.

  • ADSL (Broadband)
  • Wifi: 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n (Supports WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)
  • 130mbps 2 antennae (internal Broadcom BCM94321MP)
  • Dimensions:175mm x 88mm x 182mm
  • Connectors: 4 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet sockets (RJ45), 1 x USB, Broadband In (RJ11), telephone socket.

Be Box wireless broadband router

The Be Box is a DSL broadband wireless router and is free irrespective of which Be broadband product you choose. It offers 802.11bg wireless LAN interface, supports ADSL2+ and is backward compatible to ADSL offering. The Be Box comes equipped with a 4-port 10/100 meg Ethernet.

Be describes the Be Box as a ‘feature-rich’ wireless broadband router, allowing seamless use of multiple high-bandwidth applications, which made it a hit with gamers.

Be Box wireless router technical specification:

  • IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b
  • Data rate: 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9, 6 megs for 802.11bg 11, 5.5, 2, 1 megs for 802.11b.
  • Modulation technique: OFDM for 802.11bg; CCK (11 megs, 5,5 megs) for 802.11bg; DQPSK (2 megs) for 802.11bg; DBPSK (1 megs) for 802.11bg.
  • Operating frequency: 2.4 ~ 2.497 GHz.
  • Operating channels: depending on local regulations. For example, 11 channels (North America), 13 channels (Europe), and 14 channels (Japan).
  • Coverage area: 802.11bg: line of sight (LoS - outdoors): max. 50 metres; indoors: max. 20 metres 802.11b: LoS (outdoors): max. 180 metres; indoors: max. 60 metres.
  • Supports WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) mechanism with 64-bit or 128-bit key length.
  • Supports 802.1x and WPA and WPA2.
  • Supports the access control function: only registered WLAN clients can be allowed to associate to this IAD.
  • SSID can be hidden for added security.
  • Supports the repeater function to extend the coverage area (WDS).

Virgin Media wireless broadband router

Virgin Media's router is called the Super Hub and is free with all the provider's packages. Billed as Virgin Media's fastest router ever, the Super Hub's selling points include

  • Up to the minute wireless ‘N’ technology for fast, secure connections
  • Capable fo handling 120Mb+ fibre broadband speeds
  • 5GHz compatible

Sky wireless broadband router

The Sky Hub stands out for offering Intelligent power consumption that means it will automatically revert to low power mode when not in use. It's also equipped with Sky Smart Signal technology to ensure you get a strong signal and offers a simple and secure WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) to keep you safe.

EE wireless broadband router

EE's BrightBox uses wireless N technology is designed specifically with fibre broadband in mind. Twin aerials are on board for improved signal strength and it's future-proofed so that it can handle speeds of up to 150Mbps.

EE broadband customers using the BrightBox can expect to connect to the internet within a 350 metre range.

Award winning wireless broadband

See who won the best wireless broadband award in the Top 10 Broadband Awardswireless broadband award.

BT's success in 2009 was repeated in 2010 when it once again stole the show with its fantastic innovation in the broadband space, which includes its market-leading HomeHub 2.0.

How to set up a wireless broadband connection

You will need to set up a simple WLAN (wireless local area network) – but don’t worry – most broadband providers provide simple ‘plug and play’ wireless equipment which involves little more than:

  1. Plugging in a wireless modem/router
  2. Loading up a CD-ROM with the wireless broadband software.

That said if you do get stuck, most ISPs provide immaculate support to help you set up your home wireless network as painlessly as possible.

Future of wireless broadband

Mobile broadband is becoming an ever more popular proposition for UK broadband users and many are looking to cancel their landlines in favour of mobile broadband sticks which offer them a greater level of flexibility.

Up until recently, mobile broadband was a "one connection per laptop" affair. However, that is no longer the case, as manufacturers have brought out a wireless router for mobile broadband users called the MiFi. In order to avail yourself of wireless broadband you need only to turn on the MiFi unit, pair it with your computer and you're ready to go.

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Wireless broadband trouble?

If you are struggling to get up and running with wireless broadband at home, refer to our mini article about wireless broadband: wireless broadband problems?

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