Everything you need to know about wireless broadband

  • 14/04/2020
  • Sponsored by - Spark
Everything you need to know about wireless broadband
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With more New Zealanders indoors and online than ever, reliable internet access has never been more essential.

Whether you're using your broadband for working from home or marathon-watching movies, there are three broadband technologies available to New Zealanders depending on where they live; ADSL/VDSL, Fibre and Wireless. Here's what you need to know.

ADSL/VDSL and Fibre broadband connect your household to the copper or Fibre network which then provides Wifi through your modem. By contrast, Wireless broadband provides Wifi by tapping into the same 4G network your mobile devices use without the need for a physical line to your home.

If your home has 4G coverage and capacity, the only thing a Wireless modem needs to get you online is a power point. Once you plug in, it'll be ready when you are.

Where you place your modem can have an effect on signal quality, near a window can be a good spot. To make sure, check how many bars of coverage your mobile phone is showing in the location you choose. If your modem is buried under a desk at ground level, someone upstairs may have trouble connecting. 

Other electronic devices which produce a signal, such as microwaves, baby monitors or Bluetooth devices can interfere with your modem if placed directly alongside it so keep it clear so your devices can connect without issue.

To help keep Kiwis connected, Spark is offering $200 in account credit for new and existing customers who join or switch to its 12-month Wireless broadband service from April to June. So that’s a great way to stretch your savings. Getting set up also couldn't be simpler, either join online or give Spark a call and they'll send your Wireless modem to you.

If you want any more information or you're looking to sign up, head on over to Spark's website for everything you need.

This article is created for Spark