What broadband package is available to you?
Not all broadband packages may be available in your area. Most areas in Ireland cater for ADSL broadband which allows your copper telephone wires to carry a broadband signal, but this only provides limited speeds for your home broadband.
For a faster broadband package it may be necessary that your area has fibre optic cable installed. Some internet service providers (ISPs) provide broadband using special technology such as satellite broadband. Others provide services that rely on a cable broadband connection that may require a whole new network of cables to be laid. However, most households in Ireland will be able to access ADSL broadband which is the most widely used type of broadband in the country.
There are two types of broadband package available using an active phone landline. ADSL broadband is the most common offered by broadband providers and is all a basic broadband user will need.
ADSL2 broadband is offered by some broadband providers and will increase the speed of the broadband you receive. This can be significant if you are close to a phone exchange but becomes less so as you move out. Remember, with a ADSL broadband package you still need an active landline phone to use it. If you do not have a landline you cannot receive ADSL or ADSL2 broadband.
With cable broadband there is no need for an active landline to receive broadband in your home. Currently In Ireland, cable broadband is provided by Virgin Media via their fibre optic broadband network. Virgin Media fibre optic broadband represents some of the highest broadband speeds available in Ireland.
These types of broadband packages are only available where cable wires have been installed, however they can offer super-fast speeds of up to 1000Mb compared to ADSL broadband which is limited up to 8Mb and ADSL2 broadband which is up to 24Mb.
A wireless router is a specific type of broadband access that transmits broadband wirelessly. Also known as WiFi, with this type of internet connection, you can connect a number of internet enabled devices simultaneously throughout your home without the need for use of wires. Most new laptops, smartphones, tablets and games consoles come with built-in wireless connections.
Many broadband suppliers will provide a free wireless router when you purchase a new broadband package.
With mobile broadband you typically receive your broadband connection through 3G and 4G mobile phone networks. There is no need to use or a landline phone as part of the broadband setup. Mobile broadband is a flexible option for people who need to gain access to the internet while on the move.
4G mobile broadband is a newer technology and offers connections speeds up to five times faster than regular 3G connections. Most mobile broadband providers in Ireland have 4G plans available to customers. While 4G is not available everywhere in Ireland just yet, all you need is an approved 4G ready phone and to be in a 4G coverage area to connect.