Broadband Guides: Understanding Broadband



How does free public WiFi work?

Free public WiFi has become big business, as a way of attracting and retaining customers for longer

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What’s the difference between a mobile dongle and a MiFi hub?

There’s more than one difference between a mobile dongle and a MiFi hub, which is worth understanding if you need temporary (or portable) internet access

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What is a smart home?

The definition of what is a smart home has changed over the years, and today it incorporates everything from green energy to automation

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The differences between broadband, superfast and ultrafast broadband

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Why is it hard to get new cable services in established areas?

Millions of consumers would benefit from the faster internet speeds offered by cable services, yet these are often unavailable, even in urban areas

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How do you deliver broadband to an island?

Broadband in island communities can be a hit-and-miss affair, not helped by the UK’s awkward geography and topology

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How densely populated is the UK?

The question of how densely populated is the UK takes on particular significance when it comes to broadband availability

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Why do broadband speeds tend to be quoted as 11, 35 or 64Mbps?

Standard broadband speeds tend to be clustered around a few key numbers, but there are good reasons for this consistency among rival ISPs

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How energy efficient is your broadband?

There might not seem to be many parallels between power and internet connectivity, but energy efficient broadband can be measured and analysed

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How to find great photographs online

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Who are Openreach, and why are they so significant?

It’s important for consumers to understand who are Openreach working on behalf of when they undertake broadband works or agree to connect a telephone line

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What is binary data?

We talk about binary data all the time, but it’s not immediately obvious what this term means – or how it’s measured

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How to switch off after spending the day online

Being able to disconnect from the internet is a real challenge, but it’s vital for preserving our mental and physical wellbeing and safety

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How housebuilders fit high-speed broadband in new homes

Full-fibre broadband in new builds is becoming commonplace as developers tempt potential purchasers with ultrafast connectivity

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FACT: You don’t have to use the wifi router your ISP supplies

ISP branded routers are often disappointingly cheap and inefficient - switching could make a huge difference

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What is bandwidth, and how does it help with broadband?

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Why does Hull not have BT or Openreach infrastructure?

Telephone services and broadband in Hull are different to the rest of the country, owing to a curious historic anomaly

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How to live without home broadband (temporarily)

The prospect of living without home broadband may seem daunting, but it’s surprisingly easy to manage short-term with advanced planning

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Why fast broadband could help you sell your home

The connection between broadband and house prices may not be obvious, but connection speeds have a tangible effect on your home’s desirability

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Making sense of your first broadband bill

It can be difficult making sense of your first broadband bill, with a variety of different charges potentially applicable at once

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Why are PC towers so big and bulky?

It may seem odd that PC towers are still on sale, yet these powerful machines retain a loyal audience and some desirable characteristics

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What causes broadband outages?

Broadband outages can have a number of causes, and correctly identifying them is invaluable for managing without connectivity – or getting it restored

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The pros and cons of Powerline adaptors

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What broadband speeds do I actually need?

ISP’s are offering packages for every budget and speed requirement - but do you actually know what you need from your broadband?

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Bits and bytes and bandwidth speeds

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How do Google and Bing compile search results?

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How to make the most of YouTube

The video streaming site can do a lot more...

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What to do when some wireless devices connect to WiFi but others don’t

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Social media platforms – What’s the difference?

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How to win the battle with slow Wifi

Crap wireless connectivity is the top bugbear for Brits - don't let it drag you down

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Understanding broadband line speed advertising

Broadband speeds were once misleadingly advertised as 'up to', but things have changed...

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Why tomorrow’s broadband might not use cables or phone lines

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What will WiFi 6 mean for consumers?

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What can be done in terms of increasing internet access?

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What is ‘net neutrality’ and how does it affect UK broadband customers?

Could changes in the laws across the pond upset the UK market?

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How many companies provide full fibre broadband?

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Is your faster broadband fast enough?

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Why do I need a landline to get home broadband?

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The evolution of satellite broadband

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Where can I get full fibre broadband?

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The differences between Openreach and cable broadband

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Why full UK coverage is impractical for broadband providers

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How LiFi could transform broadband

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What do quoted broadband speeds actually mean?

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Why is UK Broadband lagging behind?

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