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What is the difference between Wi-Fi and Broadband?

Understanding the technology surrounded by us



The difference

Stripped back to absolute basics Wi-Fi should be viewed as the wireless connection that travels around your home, connecting your wireless-capable devices to your router, whereas your broadband connection is the physical internet connectivity that your router utilises to send and receive data between the devices in your house and the wider world.


Wi-Fi or wired ethernet?

Now we have distinguished the difference between Wi-Fi and Broadband, let’s talk about Wi-Fi and a wired ethernet connection. As mentioned, it’s not uncommon for most houses to utilise both connection types. Typically, we use Wi-Fi in our homes to allow our smartphones, laptops and tablets to connect to our router – where they can then make use of our broadband connection and enjoy countless hours of fun on the internet. However, bigger, less portable devices, can make use of a different technology, which ultimately eases the pressure placed upon our Wi-fi connection. Desktop PC’s, TV’s and other equipment that may stay in place for long periods are perfect usage cases for a wired ethernet connection. Wired connections to your router will usually provide better connectivity, faster speeds and a more reliable connection to your router. Whereas Wi-Fi signals can be susceptible to inference caused by your home environment, Wi-Fi overcrowding because of neighbours or other electrical appliances.


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