How will you connect to the internet?
The way you connect to the internet may affect the broadband speeds and packages you can get. There are a number of choices, all of which may not be available in your area.
- ADSL broadband – this is a connection provided over your home phone line. BT owns the landline infrastructure in the UK, so with ADSL, you’ll need to rent your phone line from them or add broadband via an existing phone line. As their network is mostly copper wire, speeds and performance can vary significantly from area to area.There are two types of ADSL broadband – ADSL1 and ADSL2. ADSL2 is the fastest option.
- Fibre or ‘superfast’ broadband – fibre cable allows much faster speeds and a more consistent service. This superfast broadband is now available to 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses. To see if you’re able to get fibre broadband where you live, use the government’s postcode checker. There are two types of fibre connection – FTTC and FTTP. FTTP is the fastest option and tends to be more expensive.
- Cable – This uses a mix of fibre optic and coaxial cables. It’s faster than ADSL, but not yet available everywhere in Britain.
- Satellite – for some rural areas with poor network coverage, this might be the only option. You’ll receive your signal via a satellite dish rather than cables. While speeds and stability have improved significantly in recent years, it’s more expensive than other options.
- Mobile broadband – this bypasses cables completely and uses your mobile signal to connect to the internet. You’ll need a dongle, which connects wirelessly to your mobile network via your PC. Or a Mi-Fi, which is essentially carrying a hotspot Wi-Fi in a small device.
Use our postcode checker to see what broadband options are available where you live.