The Book of Wireless: A Painless Guide to Wi-Fi
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Broadband Options in the UK
Broadband is constantly growing in the UK, with nearly
18 million households signed up to a high speed connection.
Wireless broadband, as technology and a broadband connection
type, is growing in tandem with all broadband technologies.
Most people will experience wireless broadband thanks to a
wireless router in their own home. This will allow them to
convert their fixed line ADSL or Cable broadband connection
into a wireless signal that multiple users can share. The
other wireless broadband option in the UK is Mobile
Broadband, accessed either via a USB dongle connected to a
laptop or by using a mobile phone with 3G network
connectivity. Mobile broadband use is expected to boom, with
43 million UK users going online completely wirelessly in
In order to access wireless broadband from a fixed line
connection in your own home you just need one device; a
wireless router. This will create a Wi-Fi network to which
you can connect laptops, mobile devices and desktop PCs with
built in wireless connectivity. You should also be able to
connect several computers via Ethernet cable to a wireless
router and it will become the main internet hub of your home.
Most broadband providers will give new customers a free
wireless router when they sign up for a new contract.
There are many providers who offer wireless broadband. In
order to stay competitive each must give their customers the
chance to connect wirelessly and new wireless technologies
are emerging all the time. At the moment BT offer one of the
best free wireless routers on the market. The BT home hub,
which features Wireless N technology, has one of the widest
ranges and fastest network transfer speeds of any wireless
router provided free. Orange also have their own wireless
router with Wireless N technology, called the LiveBox, but
this is only available on the more expensive packages. A
more basic wireless router is supplied for those who want to
pay less monthly.
Some providers, including O2 and T-Mobile, will give their
customers access to a set number of free wireless minutes,
which they can use when they are out and about. This gives
them access to wireless hotspots around the UK and enhances
the portability of their broadband service.
broadband should be relatively easy to set up, even for
someone with a lack of technological experience. You will
need to connect your wireless router to your phone socket
via a microfilter if you have ADSL broadband. This will
separate the digital broadband signal from the analogue
signal used by your home phone. Different providers will use
different makes and models of router, so you will need to
refer to the included instructions for detailed help.
However, most routers will not automatically have wireless
connectivity enabled and you will need to connect via an
Ethernet cable in order to perform the initial setup. You
will then need to adjust the settings of the router via your
preferred internet browser and then turn on the wireless
capabilities. Make sure you set a password for your wireless
network to make sure only people in your household are able
to enjoy your wireless connection.
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