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Networking buying guide

The 5 most important things to consider when setting up a home internet network.

Home internet networks can get complicated. From multi-bandwidth routers to signal boosters that extend your WiFi coverage, there are lots of options to ensure you’re getting fast download speeds. Our networking buying guide will help you to choose the most important features when improving your home network.

Routers

A router is the box that connects to your telephone socket and provides the WiFi signal or wired internet connection to your computer, tablet or smartphone. Although internet speed is determined by your internet service provider, the capacity of your router will affect the actual download speed massively, especially over WiFi. Many routers provided by internet service providers can be basic, limiting your connection speeds greatly. Look out for the two different WiFi bands, which are connection frequencies like radio waves, measured using gigahertz (GHz). These determine how much information can be transferred and how quickly. 2.4GHz is usually enough for day-to-day use, but 5GHz will improve your streaming quality and download times considerably.

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Faster speeds

Some devices like mobile phones and tablets only connect wirelessly, but computers and laptops can use a variety of cables for faster connection speeds. If you’re using a computer to stream or download, then consider connecting with an Ethernet cable, as this will provide a stronger and more stable connection. The only downside is finding a way to hide the cable!

Better coverage

Sometimes wireless signals struggle to cover an entire house or flat, especially in larger properties. Luckily, this can be solved easily with a signal booster placed in the affected area. One of the best ways to do this is by plugging a wireless booster straight into an electrical socket, with the signal magnified significantly by the electrical wires in your walls.

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Speedy set-up

Plug and Play is a handy feature which allows you to connect your home network much faster. Instead of having to configure your new router or signal booster via your computer, phone or tablet, just connect everything together and the Plug and Play software will do the rest, saving you plenty of techy hassle and time.

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A choice of designs

Our range of routers, adapters and signal boosters come in a selection of designs, colours and shapes, so you can don’t need to worry about bulky boxes and miles of cables. And if you don’t want to give up a precious plug space for a signal booster, check out our models with an extra socket built-in.

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