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What Is The Difference Between Broadband And WiFi For My Home

Our modern, internet dependent world is always changing. In Ireland there are many broadband packages from different internet service providers on the market. Most Irish homes want to have the best internet connection they can get at an affordable price.

After all, the internet is a necessity in today’s world. From streaming movies and TV shows, to keeping in contact with family, friends and colleagues, the internet is needed.
Regional Broadband wants to provide you with some clear advice and help you on your journey for better broadband.

Broadband and Wi-Fi are two different things and are often mixed up with each other. As a result, we decided to write this article to help you better understand.

It can be hard to know if you’re getting the right broadband package for you when you’re unsure what to ask for.This article will help you make a decision, so that you can get started on your journey for better broadband internet.

What Is Broadband?

n telecommunications, broadband is wide bandwidth data transmission which transports multiple signals at a wide range of frequencies and Internet traffic types, that enables messages to be sent simultaneously, used in fast internet connections.

In simpler terms, broadband is a type of internet connection. Broadband has become a popular buzzword recently in Ireland because it’s a modern type of fast internet connection. Before we had broadband in Ireland, most people relied on dial up internet.

In Ireland, broadband is a common way to connect your home or office to the internet, so you can stream your favourite TV shows on TV players, have video calls with friends and family, and shop online.

Your home can have a broadband connection by running a cable from one of the cabinets on your street to your home. This connects you to a high-speed broadband internet service provider such as us at Regional Broadband, which in turn will give you an internet access package that is more advanced than what you may be used to and provides download speeds that are much faster.

What Is The Difference Between Mobile Broadband And WiFi?

To explain the difference between broadband and WiFi, let’s start with explaining what WiFi is. 

WiFi is a way for your broadband connection to be distributed to your devices (like laptops, smart devices or games consoles) wirelessly. Wi-Fi is the radio signal sent from a wireless router to a nearby device, which translates the signal into data you can see and use.

The cable that comes into your home and is plugged into a wireless router is called broadband. WiFi is when this internet is then transfer from your router into the air wirelessly. 

WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity.

A modem is a box that connects your home network to the wider Internet. A router is a box that lets all of your wired and wireless devices use that Internet connection at once and also allows them to talk to one another without having to do so over the Internet. 

Often, your Internet service provider will give you one box that serves as both modem and router, but they’re still different technologies; not all modems include routers and not all routers have modems. You need both, integrated or not, in order to provide an Internet connection for all the devices in your home.

Regional Broadband provides all of our customers a box that acts as both a modem and router.

Which Broadband Option Is Best For Me?

While the speed your property can get depends on where you live, it’s worth thinking about what kind of internet user you are and what speed you need.

Have a look at our examples below and see if you can relate to any of these ‘personas’

Light User

You like to check your emails, flick through Facebook and order shopping online. You may stream the occasional TV show or film too. A broadband speed up to 100Mbps should be more than enough for this.

Medium User

You’re online for at least 5-6 hours a day, and enjoy back-to-back Netflix binges and gaming tournaments. You may also have a smart speaker or other smart technology requiring a constant internet connection too. We’d suggest a broadband speed of between 100Mbps to 200Mbps for these sorts of activities.

Heavy User

You’re always online during peak times, as well as downloading and uploading big files regularly. If so, you can’t afford to be held back by buffering. How can you stream your 4k movies if your internet doesn’t hold up! On top of this, you need to also support a home office that requires its own fast, reliable connection for video calling. If this is you, we suggest looking for something around 300Mbps or more. 

Very heavy User

Your property is digitally demanding with multiple devices being used by multiple people at once. You do not have time to wait around for slow file transfers or uploads. Your home is crammed full of smart speakers and virtual assistants, and you work from home. If this is you, then we suggest getting the highest speeds you can possibly get. This will future proof your property and ensure you can maintain your internet heavy lifestyle.

How to Choose a Provider that is Right For You

When we are choosing an internet provider, we typically want one that will give us the best service at the best price. But more so than ever, consumers are searching for internet providers with a proven track record of great customer support. 

If you are looking for an internet provider that can offer a variety of services, then you should look into an all-in-one solution. If you want more specific services, then it might be better to go with a niche provider. The next step would be to compare the price and features offered by each provider.

You should also make sure that the company has been around long enough and has had plenty of experience with clients in your industry. Once you have narrowed down your list of providers, it would be best to contact them and see if they can provide references or provide a trial period to see if they are the right fit for you.

At Regional Broadband, our customer service is available to answer any questions you may have about our broadband options.

Best Broadband offers in Ireland

We are committed to delivering the best broadband coverage Nationwide. As an Irish business, we are very familiar with the requirements of Irish homes and business.  We reach a little bit further than other providers.

  • Great value packages for every location
  • Regional Gigabit Fibre with download speeds of up to 1000Mbps
  • Regional Fixed Wireless with download speeds of up to 200Mbps
  • Mesh Wi-Fi add-on can be installed by our specialist Engineers ensuring reliable coverage throughout your home
  • No Landline Required
  • Phone Packages available, keep your existing number
  • Unlimited Download plans
  • Flexible contract terms
  • Specialists in rural and hard to reach locations

If you would like to explore fast and reliable broadband options in your area, contact our team today. We’re more than happy to assist you with any questions and queries you may have.