What is the difference between broadband and WiFi?

The digital, cable and streaming world is always changing, as well as the deals from different internet providers. We want to help you navigate through the array of choices, firstly by clearing up any confusion when it comes to broadband vs WiFi.

What is broadband?

Broadband is a common way to connect you to the internet, so you can stream your favourite 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 broadband internet service provider (like Virgin Media), which can give you a high-speed connection known as broadband.

What is mobile broadband?

Mobile broadband is similar but, as the name suggests, it’s connected to a mobile network and sends data through 3G, 4G or 5G services, just like your phone. You can access the web using a dongle, a pocket WiFi device or a data-only SIM card.

Usually you’ll only be able to access average speeds, and most mobile broadband packages come with a limit to how much you can download, but it can be a cost-effective option for light internet users wanting to check emails on the move.

What is WiFi?

WiFi is a way for your broadband connection to be distributed to your devices (like laptops, smart devices or games consoles) wirelessly.

The cable we mentioned earlier that comes into your home and is plugged into a wireless router. This little box provides all your devices with internet access without needing to be plugged in manually.

Your laptop, mobile or tablet will pick up the broadband through this WiFi, using radio waves, allowing you to move around your home and stay connected.

Which broadband option is best for me?

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

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