To explain the various connection options for broadband home network and their strengths and weaknesses. To show you the benefits of using (or setting up) your own Broadband network at home to get the most from your devices. And to show how a home WiFi network is easily managed.
Most Broadband internet connections (Wikipedia article here) now are Wireless or ADSL (copper phone network), with Cable rapidly replacing both where available because of reliability, speed and capacity.
Wireless or Cellular connections are really extensions of the Mobile Phone networks that have grown rapidly over the last 20 years. Speeds are very good, depending on the provider, and on the number of users trying to use the network in a particular cell area. Prices are moderating, but usually are higher than ADSL or cable. It is hugely better if you need it for travel. The latest version (4G up from 3G(eneration)) is better though less widely spread.
ADSL is also getting better all the time. But improvements (needed because of higher demand, more people, more data) are harder now as copper networks are not being maintained, and recent copper installations were sub standard compared to earlier technology. Reasonably reliable, it is usually cheaper than Wireless, and is usually considerably faster. Read More→