What are the most common home network options available?

There are several ways you can get connected to the internet at home. Here are some of the most common technologies typically used to do so:

  1. A fixed connection using copper or fibre, depending on what’s available in your area and connecting your modem to a faster technology.
  2. A 4.5G powered technology, known as Plug’n’GO, where you can plug the device anywhere you want and use the internet as long as there is a source of electricity and a stable mobile connection.

You can use both of these technologies:

  1. via a wired network, with a choice of ethernet / Wi-Fi access points in main areas. Consider having an ethernet point in rooms where you are planning to have a TV and/or laptops and gaming set-ups.
  2. via a Wi-Fi network from the modem’s in-built Wi-Fi connection or using a Wi-Fi mesh network such as Smart Wi-Fi.

Note: if your property is small and squarish in size (~60m2), you may not need to pass any additional ethernet or Wi-Fi access points. Instead, you may want to make use of the built-in Wi-Fi and/or ethernet ports from the modem itself. If this is what you’d like to do, place the modem close to your TV or PC/laptop set-up.