Broadband and networking tech explained

We’ve got the tech you need to give you the best Wi-Fi system for your home. From small households with a single laptop to large families where everyone loves using different devices, we’ve got you covered. You can upgrade your existing Wi-Fi router, get a Wi-Fi booster or Wi-Fi range extender, or invest in a whole home Wi-Fi system. Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of each Wi-Fi solution.

Why should I upgrade my router?

When you first get Wi-Fi, your broadband service provider will give you a router. They’re not always the best quality, so if you’re unhappy with your Wi-Fi performance, you might want to consider upgrading your router. This can improve the performance and range of your Wi-Fi, as well as giving you a faster and more stable connection.

Do I need a range extender?

If you have Wi-Fi blackspots around your home, or if you want your Wi-Fi signal to reach out into your patio and garden, a booster is a good option. They do a great job of increasing the reach of your home Wi-Fi router by rebroadcasting the signal.

What are the benefits of a whole home Wi-Fi system?

If you use devices in different rooms, you might discover spots where the Wi-Fi signal is poor. These are usually far away from your router or behind thick walls. A whole home Wi-Fi system solves this problem by placing multiple routers in different rooms and giving you coverage throughout your home.

What other networking solutions are there?

As well as the ‘big three’ mentioned above, there are other smart networking solutions to consider. Wireless adapters fit into any USB port on your PC and laptop, letting you connect to Wi-Fi instantly. They’re perfect for older devices, giving you high speed internet without having to get a new PC. A network switch provides a wired internet connection to several devices over a single phone line, making them popular with small businesses. Powerlines let you connect non-wireless devices to the internet by turning your plug socket into an internet access point. Very clever!

Need more help choosing the best home networking solution?

If you’re still not sure about the best Wi-Fi product to go for, have a read of our networking buying guide. It’s packed with all the info you need to make the right choice.