Broadband Internet has pervaded most of our homes now – 21 million households at last count – that is well over 80% of the population with access to high speed, always on internet.
This is lovely of course and allows us to access, at blinding speeds a range of online services such as Movie Streaming from Netflix, Music from Spotify, Live Radio, Social Media, News – in fact anything you can imagine. We live in a world now where information flies at the speed of light all around us.
When we made the first leap from 56k dial up to ADSL / Broadband we were tethered by Ethernet to the hub, but we quickly moved on to wireless ( WiFi ) connections, broadcasting over 2.4 GHz UHF and 5 GHz SHF, to give us the freedom to move around the house with our laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Well the broadband router has evolved over recent years to both increase its power and to bring higher levels of encryption via WEP, WPA and WPA2 – all governed by the IEEE 802.11 protocol. However, even with the constant improvements in the power of Wi-Fi there always still are blind spots in most homes or offices. WiFi is a radio wave and , hence, can be affected by many factors such as interference and physical obstructions. This can be quite infuriating when a favourite spot in the house can not get a signal. It is not always just a preferred spot, of course, that may lose WiFi signal, you may wish to extend the range of your wireless network at home to spread to the garden or elsewhere.
Because of this there are a number of solutions available that will extend your wifi network, either boosting the signal or allowing it to be transmitted via alternative means throughout your home.
A good example of this is the BT Broadband Extender which makes use of the internal copper power cables in your household electric network to transmit the WiFi signal to otherwise inaccessible areas of your home. This will allow transmission speeds of up to 500Mbps. It is also possible to add hotspot add ons so that, not only can you make an ethernet port available ( say for a Smart TV or PC ) but also extend the actual WiFi to the new socket’s location.
Our range of home networking solutions can be found at Home networking which not only include WiFi extending packs, but more powerful routers and even broadband dongles