Wi-Fi and Broadband are the same thing, right? Wrong!
Believe it or not, they are two completely different concepts. These terms are often confused and Wi-Fi has become the term used to determine all kinds of internet, whether it be home broadband, or free Wi-Fi when out and about.
It is time to establish that there is a difference between the two and here’s the how and why.
Broadband is a way for people to access the internet often a service that runs over a cable. On the other hand, WiFi is a way to use broadband, such as on your mobile phone, without needing to access via cables.
Whilst they both work towards the same goal of making the world more digitally connected, broadband is a network of millions of computers bouncing data off each other while Wi-Fi is merely a means to access this vast network.
There are many different types of broadband internet that is available such as ADSL, Fibre, Bonded and EFM Broadband. Which one you choose generally depends on the type of connection you require and the speed of internet that you want or need.
To put it simply, Wi-Fi is an alternative to network cables. Back in the day, the only way to connect devices together was by running cables between them. Wi-Fi works in the same way but just takes out the physical cables and therefore is much more convenient.
In short, it’s best to view Wi-Fi as the vehicle that carries internet to your device. You can connect all of your wireless devices such as your smartphone, gaming console, and laptop to Wi-Fi, which in turn is connected to a local access point. It is through this local access point that you are connected to the internet as it’s hardwired to the network.
Is it making sense yet?
One can work without the other and just because you have Wi-Fi doesn’t mean you have internet access. Also, if you have a strong Wi-Fi signal it doesn’t necessarily indicate fast internet speed. You can find out how fast your current speeds are here.
Access point – A device that creates a wireless network. It can connect to a wired router or be set up in repeater mode, extending existing wireless networks.
Computer Network – A computer network is a set of computers connected together for the purpose of sharing resources.