Broadband packages can be a pretty confusing thing to start looking into if you don’t have an understanding of the fundamental features and aspects to look out for - there’s so many different numbers and jargon phrases that are passed around, making it very daunting to those who aren’t in-the-know. We know how tough it can be, so we’ve put together a simple guide that takes a look at the types of packages you’re likely to encounter, as well as the connection methods you can use to make the most of the service your provider offers.
Super fast Fiber
Let’s start off with Super fast Fiber - this is the type of broadband that you’re most likely to come across with every provider and is really the minimum package that you should be opting for. This style of broadband uses Fiber Optic technology, resulting in fast speeds for your home, provided there aren’t too many users operating on the network at once. Super fast broadband, which offers speeds of up to 100 Mbps but averages between the mid-20’s and high-30’s with most providers, is likely to be adequate for most small households where usage isn’t too heavy; these packages are great if you only really use the web to browse social media, watch the occasional show, and do a little bit of shopping.
However, if your household is particularly internet-driven, you’re likely to need something that’s a little more comprehensive...
This is where Ultra-fast broadband becomes useful - the incredibly fast speeds that these packages can offer solve most speed-related problems faced within the household. This means that everyone is able to utilize the internet in the ways that they need to, without infuriatingly long loading times or poor connectivity. If your house is home to gamer, content creators, or a group of film fanatics, you’ll probably want faster speeds and greater coverage to ensure that you have the capacity to streak high definition videos, play online games, and upload videos without everyone encountering issues.
When it comes to the way that your broadband is set up, there are a few different options, which each have their own pros and cons depending on what’s best for you, your home, and your devices. First up is wired - this is a reliable method of connecting your devices to your broadband and is the method that loses the least speed through connecting, which is ideal for games consoles that need strong, reliable internet connections consistently. The downside to this is that you’ll have to run an Ethernet cable from the router to the device, which can be a struggle if the device is far away from your router. You will also only be able to use this method with devices that feature an Ethernet port, so tablets, mobiles, and some modern laptops are out of the question.
Wireless solves the issues that you might face with a wired broadband connection - you are able to connect via WiFi, meaning you can access the internet from any location provided that you’re able to reach the signal from the router. Whilst the freedom to connect your devices wireless is a huge benefit, there are a few things to bear in mind with WiFi:
1) Not spots: These are areas of the household that can’t get WiFi signal from your router; this can be caused by many problems such as structural features of your home, devices which created interference, or just sheer distance.
2) Congestion: If your broadband package doesn’t allow for heavy usage, wireless devices can encounter more problems than wired devices, which can negatively impact your browsing experience.
3) Loss Of Speed: WiFi connections are often not as fast as wired connections, as the connection can lose speed when being transferred wireless rather than directly through a cable.
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