Wireless Internet Plans - What Are They And How Do I Get One?
- Wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi, has become an integral part of our everyday lives.
- First Off, What Exactly Is WiFi?
- How Can I Get A Wireless Connection?
Wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi, has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Whether you’re at a cafe, at home or simply at your local Maccas, you’ll notice that wireless internet is available almost everywhere these days. Did you know that some buses and public transport around the world also boast wireless connections for passengers to utilise whilst they are on their journey home? A good wireless connection is a portal to social media, games, TV shows, Movies and endless playlists of your favourite songs. In this article, we will look at what Wireless Internet Plans are, and how you can go about getting one.
First Off, What Exactly Is WiFi?
Wireless Internet, also known as WiFi to most of us, is the way you can get online without the need to meddle with pesky wires, cables and ports. WiFi networks utilise radio signals to relay information between your wireless connected devices such as your laptops, smartphones and tablets to the internet. This is not all too different from how a mobile phone or radio receives sound through wireless signals. I
The wireless signals that are sent out are not very strong, which is why your wireless network works best when confined to a particular area, such as your house or within the local cafe down the street. Even so, it is important to pay close attention to the security of your wireless network and ensure that you have set a secure password to gain access to the connection. By doing this, you can ensure that your neighbours or anyone in the surrounding area do not have access to your wireless connection. Without a password, your network is considered an ‘open’ one and your personal information is put at risk.
How Can I Get A Wireless Connection?
If you are looking to set up a wireless connection or plan in your home, you will first need a wireless Broadband Plan (Belong, Optus, Telstra and Mate are a good start), a modem, and a router. Your modem and router will connect to a wall socket in your home. The modem will access the internet whilst the router will create a wireless network in your home, allowing all your various devices to connect wirelessly.
Alternatively, you can also choose to use a SIM card or a dongle to connect wirelessly from your phone, laptop and tablet when you are away from your home. This is great for people who are always on the go and do not want to constantly be using their mobile data.
Things To Consider
There is a myriad of wireless plans to choose from these days, but before you sign up to any particular service provider, be sure that you know exactly what you want/need. If you are going to be connecting multiple devices to the network, you will want to purchase a plan that gives you an ample amount of data at reasonably fast speeds. Additionally, keep in mind that some plans already come with a modem and a router, usually at an added cost.
Certain plans also come with TV add ons such as Fetch, Netflix or Stan, which is great for those who are looking for a one stop entertainment shop. If you are keen on getting more than one service from your ISP, it is good to consider what bundles they have on offer. You might be able to save a bunch of money by packaging your home line rental, mobile phone and wireless plans all in one.