What is the difference between fibre and wireless internet?

What is fibre internet?

Fibre-optic internet, commonly called fibre internet or simply “fibre,” is a broadband connection that can reach speeds of up to 940 Megabits per second (Mbps), with low lag time. The technology uses a fibre-optic cable, which amazingly can send data as fast as about 70% of the speed of light. In addition, fibre-optic cables are not as susceptible to severe weather conditions as other types of traditional cables, which helps minimise outages. It also resists electrical interference effectively.

Fibre is ideal for multiple users who seek to connect several devices at once to a fast internet connection.

What are the pros?

Connection quality
Scale speed
Overall cost
No interference with signal

What are the cons?

Risk of damage
Initial infrastructure costs

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What is fixed-wireless internet?

Fixed-wireless internet is a high-speed, reliable internet service for rural and underserved areas. Internet is sent from the main access point (typically supplied with high-speed fibre-optic lines) to individual receivers installed at businesses, farms, and homes. Each receiver is typically within 16 kilometres and has a line of sight with the access point.

Fixed-wireless internet is a good internet option for streaming videos, listening to music, sending large emails, running your business’ credit card machine and other web-based tools.

What are the pros?

Initial cost
Quick installation

What are the cons?

Signal strength

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What is Wi-Fi and how does it work?

What is Wi-Fi?

without cables and wiring, making it a popular choice for home and business networks.

Wi-Fi can also be used to provide internet access for many modern devices, such as laptops, smartphones, tablet computers, and electronic gaming consoles.

How do I connect to a Wi-Fi network?

There are several ways to get wireless service at your home and most to depend on geographical location and availability.

If you have wired internet service, you’ll be able to set up your own Wi-Fi network at home. By connecting a router to your modem, you can share your internet connection with all your Wi-Fi enabled devices within range.

If your home has two levels, concrete walls or random dead zones, adding a Wi-Fi extender that relays the wireless signal to these areas can make a big difference.

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Overcoming Wi-Fi obstacles

Your Wi-Fi signal has a lot to overcome. Large floor plans, multiple levels, concrete and brick, competing signals from smart devices, microwave ovens and other electronics… it’s no wonder Wi-Fi often struggles. To ensure you overcome these obstacles, you can add an additional Wi-Fi router, making it easier for your devices to always connect to the strongest possible Wi-Fi.

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