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Almost every broadband deal on offer in the UK today provides wireless broadband. And with good reason, as this has now become the norm for every location with a broadband connection, be it a home, workplace or public space. With a wireless router sending Wi-Fi signals to every room, you can enjoy the internet from wherever you are.
Who is wireless broadband for? Everybody. Families use it to ensure everyone can get online at the same time via smartphones, laptops and tablets. Gamers will find it essential for connecting their consoles to the internet without having to place them within a wire’s reach of the router, and if you want to browse social media while in bed, Wi-Fi obviously is a must-have.
To enjoy the benefits of wireless broadband, you'll need a wireless router. However, these are usually included when you sign up with a broadband provider — often for free — and are very simple to set up, with no technical skills required.
|Package||Broadband speed||Contract length|
|NOW Broadband: Brilliant Broadband & Anytime Calls||11Mb average*||12 months|
|NOW Broadband: Fab Fibre & Anytime Calls||36Mb average*||12 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Superfast Fibre||67Mb average*||18 months|
|BT Superfast Fibre Broadband & Weekend Calls||50Mb average*||18 months|
|NOW Broadband: Super Fibre & Anytime Calls||63Mb average*||12 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Faster Fibre||38Mb average*||18 months|
|Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||108Mb average*||12 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Fast Broadband||11Mb average*||18 months|
|Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||54Mb average*||12 months|
|BT Superfast Fibre 2 Broadband & Weekend Calls||67Mb average*||18 months|
To get wireless connectivity, you'll need a broadband deal. There are several types of broadband available in the UK, though not all of them may be available to every home. However, the key options that you should be aware of include:
The majority of homes in the UK can access fibre broadband, but there are still a few places that miss out. These are often hard-to-reach rural parts of the UK, but some urban areas are still not connected, often due to complexities in laying the necessary cabling. However, this applies to less than five per cent of UK properties, and if you are affected, there may be other options available.
To find out what speeds are available in your area and if you can access fibre, just put your address into our Postcode Checker and we'll show you what speeds you can expect and what broadband deals are available where you are.
A wireless router works by sending signals through the airwaves in your home in the form of Wi-Fi. Most computers will have an inbuilt receiver that can pick up these signals to connect to the internet without wires — though if you have an older machine, you can still connect wirelessly through an external network adapter.
While there is a lot of jargon related to Wi-Fi, there are a few key numbers you need to look out for — 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac. These refer to international standards for Wi-Fi that, in basic terms, indicate how fast your wireless network will be.
Older and cheaper routers will only use the 802.11g standard, which transmits in the 2.4GHz bandwidth — a signal that has a good reach but is slower than some more modern connections. Newer models may be listed as 802.11n, which still uses this bandwidth, but comes with better technology for faster speeds.
However, for the highest performance, you should look for routers that are 802.11ac certified. This means they can also transmit on the 5GHz frequency, which translates to much faster performance for users. While some providers offer this equipment in their more advanced routers, many cheaper options that are included for free with cheaper broadband packages won't have this capability, so you may have to buy your own to take advantage of this technology.
Most routers that come with broadband deals will already be preconfigured to provide you with a home wireless network, so you'll have to do very little to get them up and running.
In the majority of cases, if you're choosing a standard or fibre broadband package, all you'll have to do is plug your new router into your home's master phone socket, connect it up to the power and you'll be good to go. You may have to install wireless broadband software on your PC to access all the control features.
Some types of broadband, such as Virgin Media's cable services and full fibre-to-the-premises packages, may require an engineer to visit your home to install the necessary hardware. If this is the case, this will be arranged when you sign up to a service.
Is most cases, once your router is set up, you should immediately be able to enjoy fast, reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home, but if your wireless network isn't working or is slower than expected, there are a few simple things you can try to fix this.
If these tips don't work, check out our guide to internet connectivity problems for more information.
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