Wi-Fi built for the modern family home
Whether you’re watching Netflix or playing PlayStation Plus in the attic; cooking with YouTube, or turning down the heating with Nest, the average family home is dependent on its Wi-Fi.
But all of this additional pressure can cause frustrating problems. With phones, laptops, iPads and smart tech logging on simultaneously, your Wi-Fi can soon slow down.
Wi-Fi blackspots also make it difficult to get online in rooms that are far away from the router, or those that are beset by thick walls. This can lead to serious frustrations. Sound familiar? You’re in luck…
Whole home Wi-Fi, from the likes of BT, Google, and TP-Link, makes sure you’ve got the best signal wherever you are in your home.
What is whole home Wi-Fi?
It’s a new type of system that spreads the Wi-Fi signal right across your home to give you as strong a signal in the attic room as you have in your kitchen.
How does it work?
Rather than relying on one wireless router for the whole home, you instead have a number of ‘points’ or ‘discs’ (depending on which one you buy) that are placed around your home. Each point acts like a router, and seamlessly connects with others in the network to create what’s known as a ‘mesh’.
What are the main benefits?
- Strong wireless connection wherever you are in your home
- You’re directed to the nearest ‘point’ for the fastest connection
- Simple to set up and use even if you’re not tech-savvy
- One Wi-Fi login right across your home
How easy is set up?
Incredibly easy. Your system will come with its own app to guide you step by step through the entire set up process, and complex information and techy specs are boiled down into easy-to-follow illustrations. You’ll be told where to place each ‘point’ or ‘disc’ to get the best possible performance.
How good is the signal?
The network follows you through the home and ensures you’re on the fastest signal for the room you’re currently in and the device you’re currently using.
It switches you from one point to another as you go from, say, the living area to the bedroom, and ensures you’re on the fastest Wi-Fi band.
What are my options?
Google and BT provide whole home Wi-Fi style products. So does home networking company TP-Link.
They work with all home broadband providers. Just because you use BT Broadband, it doesn’t mean you must go with BT. TP-Link and Google are equally compatible.
‘It’s everything you love about Google, brought to home Wi-Fi,’ says the search giant. It promises to be simple ‘from set up to control’ and also offers ‘security that’s always a step ahead’.
It comes with 3 separate points to place around your home, and an app designed to run your home Wi-Fi network.
BT Whole Home WiFi
BT Whole Home was the first of this type of product to launch in the UK. It too offers simple connection and set up, and also comes with 3 discs.
As many as 32 laptops, iPads, phones, speakers and smart home gadgets can be connected to each of the 3 discs.
TP-Link has been providing home networking solutions since the days of the Dotcom Bubble in the 90s.
The Deco M5 is its expert take on whole home Wi-Fi. It too is made up of 3 discs, and set up and control is done from the app – which comes with its own built-in antivirus software.
Privacy and control
Yes. The systems give you greater control over your home Wi-Fi. You can, for example, block your children’s tablets or phones from accessing the internet between certain hours. With Google WiFi you can see which devices are connected at any one time, and view how much bandwidth they’re using.
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