Understanding Broadband Hardware

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Broadband HardwareIt can be very confusing when you come to purchase and then set-up your broadband.

Often an engineer will get involved if you’re getting a bundled package and may help you set-up your router.

However, often your wireless router will be sent to you in the post when you will be left to sort out the connections.

Receiving Your Router

The majority of broadband providers will send you a router in the post and give you an activation date on which you should plug in.  Companies such as Tesco Home Broadband, Plusnet Broadband, Eclipse Broadband, and even BT Broadband may use this policy.

When you receive your broadband router, you should not plug it in until the activation date.  On that date, you should follow the guide provided in the box with the router to ensure that you plug in the right things to the right places in the right order.  It is fairly fool-proof and probably the most complex part is ensuring that the microfilters are on the line.

What are microfilters?

Microfilters reduce interference on the line by splitting the voice and data components of the line.  This enables broadband to travel unhindered and prevents instability and loss of speed on the line.

What does the broadband router do?

What is a wirless router? The broadband router takes the data from the line and sends it to the devices. It normally has the wireless key marked on it, often with a sticky label and also the wireless network name.

To get online wirelessly, all you need to do is find a network through your device and then click on it and enter the wireless key.  In order to find the wireless functionality on your device, you normally have to go to Manage Connections.

Ethernet Cables

Often, you will receive ethernet cables in your broadband router pack.  These provide the ability to plug directly into the router from your device.  They cut out the requirement for wireless connectivity and make broadband much faster.  The ethernet cable is particularly useful when you are experiencing interference through wireless connections.

Where to Place Your Router

It’s important that your router is plugged into the main phone socket so that you don’t lose internet connectivity as signal is passed down on your phone line.  It’s also vital that you don’t put it behind objects and that you try to elevate its position in order to give your devices the best opportunity to receive signal.

Interference to wireless connections can happen for a number of reasons.  Prime among them are electrical interference from devices such as alarms, microwaves, boilers, and televisions, and physical interference through walls, ceilings, and objects around the router.

Top Tip

If you’re connecting wirelessly, it’s a good idea to try and connect within line of sight of the router.  This will minimise the physical obstructions in the way and maximise the speed of your wireless connection.

What is a wireless router?” is a very common question that friends ask Phil Turner. He usually points to the box sitting in the hallway and says, “That’s one.”

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