Wireless broadband choices in Ireland
Most broadband needs cables or a wired network, so if you live in a rural location internet access can be patchy. Here’s some broadband options to consider if you don’t have a phone line or fibre where you live.
If you’re in a rural area a long way from a telephone exchange or cabinet, and neither cable, fibre or SIRO broadband has been rolled out yet, it’s likely your internet access is patchy or completely restricted.
Wireless broadband could be an option. It offers broadband without a landline, or fibre-optic cables.
Fixed wireless broadband
How to choose the best wireless broadband
It’s worth looking at the pros and cons of each connection type to help you decide which type of wireless broadband is best for your home or business.
Think about what you use the internet for and the needs of your family or business and ask yourself:
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Wireless broadband FAQs
Can broadband be wireless?
Yes, it can. Although standard and fibre broadband uses phone lines and fibre-optic cables, there are also other ways of getting internet access without a physical line.
Here’s a couple of ways you can get a broadband connection without a wires:
- Mobile broadband
- Satellite broadband
- Fixed wireless broadband
This is especially useful if you need broadband in a rural area.
Can I get Netflix with wireless broadband?
Yes, as long as you install the Netflix app and pay your subscription, you’ll be able to access Netflix on your internet devices.
You may experience buffering or poor quality HD viewing if you have slow speeds or latency issues due to your wireless connection.
Can I keep my wireless broadband service when I move?
Mobile broadband is very portable and you can take it with you wherever you go. Although if you move to a different area, the signal quality may change.
If you have installed satellite broadband or a fixed wireless connection you will need to talk to your provider.
Is wireless broadband the same as WiFi?
No, the term ‘wireless broadband’ is used to describe any type of broadband without wires but is also used to describe WiFi internet setups within the home that don’t use an ethernet cable.
Find out more about about different broadband connection types in our guide.