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Broadband or Wi-Fi: Do You Know The Difference?

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Believe it or not, there’s actually a difference between broadband and wi-fi – and it’s by a huge margin! 

With the development of internet technology over the years, it’s easy to mistake these two terms, as they’re used almost synonymously. Without knowing what they really mean, you may have been blaming the wrong one whenever your internet connection has slowed down or when you’ve had troubles connecting wirelessly.

If you’re still confused about how they are different, fret not – it’s not just you! That’s why we’re here to address the differences between broadband and wi-fi. Read on to find out more.

What is broadband?

Broadband enables you to connect to the internet either wired or wirelessly. A common misconception is that broadband can only connect devices using a wired connection from your router  – also known as a cable modem. While this is correct, there are still other ways that broadband can connect you to the internet.

Other broadband connections include digital subscriber lines (DSL), fibre optics, broadband over powerlines (BPL), satellite, and wireless. With the demand for on-the-go broadband, you can also connect to the internet through the mobile data on your phone.

If you want to connect wirelessly to the internet, that’s where wi-fi comes in.

What is wi-fi?

Wi-fi is a technology that allows you to connect your devices without the presence of wires. As this enables you to connect wirelessly, it’s often used as the generic term for wireless broadband connection. Wi-fi often comes with a router to direct signals around the home.

To make things less confusing, wi-fi is just a pathway so that you can connect wirelessly. The wi-fi technology in your modem is what enables it to blast signals throughout your home, and the same technology in your devices is what enables them to receive these signals. 

During its early stage, you needed special hardware for the router and devices to be equipped with wi-fi. Now, it comes built-in, thanks to the improvements of internet technology.

Do NZ providers offer wi-fi connectivity?

In this day and age, you don’t have to worry if the modem that comes with your broadband plan has wi-fi capability. Broadband providers in NZ make sure that you can use the internet whichever way you want. Whether you’re purchasing a broadband plan in rural or urban areas, wi-fi can be used to connect to your different devices wirelessly.

The speed of your wi-fi connection depends on plenty of factors; but ultimately, it comes down to getting the best broadband plan in your area. If you want a guaranteed fast and reliable broadband connection, use our broadband comparison tool here at glimp!

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Sophie Turnbull , 2020-09-14

Received great technical support from Ronualdo two times this morning - both times he fixed my problem quick smart! Thank you :)

brent Dinnan , 2020-09-18

Used Glimp to compare prices for Broadband and toke thier adivce and signed up with a new plan saving a fair bit each month... I should have first gone to my provider as the yoffered me a better price to stay with them... lesson learnt