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We aim to take the strain out of broadband comparison. Good broadband deals aren't just about the price, it's also about what's included in the product, the speeds offered and any extra incentives providers are offering. To balance all of these, we have developed a ranking formula that takes into account deals that are proving to be popular with our customers, that are competitive in the market and have a smooth buying process.

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Broadband deals explained

Wireless broadband (or Wi-Fi) is the norm in almost every home or workplace 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 unlimited 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 in whichever devices you want to pick up wireless broadband.

Want to know more about wireless broadband? Read our guide to find out what is wireless broadband.

Most internet service providers (ISPs) now supply customers with wireless routers — usually 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, so it's useful for everyone 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.
  • 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 PlayStations, Xboxes, Nintendo 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: 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.
  • 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's 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 don't have this feature 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. In most cases, 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, so these routers 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.

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.

Dubbed the Super Router, it was also revealed to offer the furthest signal reach in independent testing against BT, Sky, Virgin Media and EE.

BT wireless broadband routers: The BT Smart Hub

The BT Smart Hub has been a driving force in raising the standards of the wireless router game for all ISPs.

The BT Smart Hub is a next generation wireless router with 'AC' 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 Smart Hub even updates itself automatically with new features including all-important security updates.

The BT Smart Hub is made with BT's super-fast Infinity fibre broadband service in mind. It also features smart dual-band technology to minimise wireless interference, a faster processor for speedier file transfers between connected devices and smart diagnostic lights for easier trouble-shooting.

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 ‘AC’ technology for fast, secure connections
  • Capable of handling 300Mbps 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 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to keep you safe.

EE wireless broadband router

EE's BrightBox uses wireless AC technology and 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.

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. Installing 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.

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 problems.

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