Wireless Internet Plans

These days, a good internet connection and a wireless device can give you access to all kinds of entertainment and online tools. Here's what you need to consider when you’re setting up a Wi-Fi network for your home.
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What is Wi-Fi?

Wireless internet is commonly called Wi-Fi. It’s how you can get online without being restricted by pesky wires and cables.

A Wi-Fi network uses radio signals to send information between your wireless-connected devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers) and the internet. It’s a bit like the way a radio or a mobile phone receives sound – through wireless signals.

The signals sent out aren’t too strong, which is why the network works best when it’s confined to an area, such as your house. Even then, it’s important to pay attention to the security of your network and make sure you set a secure password. That way anyone connecting to the network will need to enter the password on their device before accessing the internet. Without a password, your network is considered ‘open’ and can be accessed by anyone, putting your devices – and the personal information stored on them – at risk.

How can you get wireless internet?

Before you set up your home Wi-Fi network you’ll need:

  • A broadband plan including wireless
  • A modem.
  • A router.

The modem and router connect to the wall socket. The modem will access the internet and the router will create the Wi-Fi network in your home, allowing your devices to connect wirelessly.

Alternatively, you can use a SIM card or internet dongle to connect wirelessly from your phone, tablet or laptop when you’re away from your home.

What should you consider when choosing a plan?

There are a number of different home broadband plans to choose from, one of which can form the basis of your Wi-Fi network.

Before you sign a contract with a service provider, consider exactly what you want. If you'll be connecting multiple devices to the network – will you be downloading movies while your kids are watching YouTube? – you’ll probably want a plan with a decent data limit and a reasonably fast speed. While this isn’t hard to find, your location will dictate which plans are available to you. Also consider:

  • Equipment:Some plans come with a modem and a router, usually at an added cost. So, if you don't already have these, keep this in mind while comparing plans.
  • Internet access:Your options include NBN, cable broadband and ADSL or ADSL2+ (depending on what’s available in your area).
  • Service provider:Your service provider is the company that connects you to the network.
  • Add-ons:Some providers offer bonuses for signing with them. This might include access to a streaming service or pay TV.
  • Bundles:If you're interested in getting more than one service from your provider, consider what bundles they have on offer. You might be able to save money by packaging your home line rental, internet and mobile phone plans together.

If you're in the market for a new wireless internet plan, talk to an expert from the iSelect internet and broadband team by calling 13 19 20 today