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What is the difference between broadband and WiFi?

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Last updated: 12 January 2022

Despite often being used interchangeably, broadband and WiFi are two distinct technologies which combine to connect you to the internet. 

Broadband is the link between your home and the World Wide Web. This is brought to you through a wire, either copper cable or fibre optic, which runs from a cabinet on your street into the router in your home.

Once you have this, there are two ways in which you can connect devices to the internet.

The first of these was the ethernet cable, physically plugging your laptop or computer in to your router and broadband connection. Despite providing an incredibly stable connection, needing a cable to get online can be a little impractical.

This is where WiFi comes in. WiFi simply allows the connection to be made via a radio signal emitted from your router. Surprisingly, WiFi doesn’t actually stand for anything, despite some internet historians wrongly attributing it to the non-existent term ‘Wireless Fidelity’.          


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Michael Quinn

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