Is broadband the same as WiFi?
The continuously growing demand for the internet has led
to improved quality and coverage in homes, working environments and practically
everywhere else with electricity. Everybody wants to use the internet, and they
choose to utilise it for as many tasks as possible, but not everyone understands
exactly what it is and what the terminology surrounding it means.
It’s become the norm to act like broadband and WiFi have
the same meaning. In fact, this is a common misconception, and although both
WiFi and broadband are closely related, they are not technically the same.
What is the
difference between broadband and WiFi?
Broadband and WiFi exist within the same field but each
term refers to a different step in the process of accessing the internet.
Although often regarded as being the provider of internet coverage, WiFi is
actually only a method of connecting to the internet. Using the internet through
WiFi means that you’re connected wirelessly.
By talking about WiFi as being the internet as a whole,
you’re ruling out alternative options such as gaining the internet on your
mobile phone, laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smart television via the
traditional method of physically connecting an ethernet cable between the
internet router and your chosen device.
While WiFi is sometimes wrongly referred to as the
internet as a whole, broadband is merely perceived as being an elaborate
nickname for your router. Both of these interpretations are wrong, with
broadband actually being the preferred term for the internet used by service
At one stage, it was the case that broadband was only an
option for securing your internet connection. When the internet was first
released to the world in 1991, dial-up was the only way to receive a connection
within your household, with the required transmission being made through your
telephone line.This meant not being able to use your landline phone or the
internet at the same time and internet speed being painfully slow. However, the
arrival of broadband in the early 21st century saw it surpassing dial-up
internet by a distance.
There was no competition between dial-up and broadband,
as you wouldn’t be able to stream music or videos using a dial-up internet
connection, and downloading any-sized file would take a prolonged length of
time. Connecting to the internet and making phone calls are now separate - with
a lot of
landline contracts also catering to this too - and it’s easy to see why.
Can you get WiFi
Due to the fact that broadband is the internet, it wouldn’t be possible to receive a WiFi internet
connection without broadband coverage in your home. You need to make sure that
you’ve signed up to a
broadband deal with a service provider or accessing home
internet coverage through your WiFi simply isn’t possible.
It could be the case that you’re uninterested in the
thought of accessing the internet in your home but you might want to use your
WiFi to communicate between devices, making a messenger service for everyone
within your household. It is possible to do this, but as a WiFi router needs to
be attached to an existing internet connection for this to work, you will still
need a broadband connection.