Broadband guides

Our broadband guides can help to highlight the best packages for those in search of good value or combined media packages with technical tips to help you get the most from your existing package.

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What is a VPN and do I need it?

You might have heard of VPNs, but do you know what they do? And do you need to know? Our guide has the answers.

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Broadband for second homes

Those with holiday homes or second properties to escape to are lucky in a sense, but also need to figure out the best way of supplying that home with broadband in an inexpensive way. Our guide tells you how to do that.

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Broadband for low income families

With broadband now an essential service, what are the options for those on lower incomes? Our guide covers everything you need to know.

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What is a static IP address?

You might hear about a static IP address in connection with your broadband, but what is it? Are there any advantages to having one? Our guide covers everything you need to know.

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How to choose a broadband provider

With so many factors to consider, how do you choose a broadband provider? Our guide runs through some of the things you should consider.

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How to fix internet connection problems

There's nothing more frustrating than an internet connection that won't get going. Our guide covers the most common problems and how to fix them so you can get a consistent connection once and for all.

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Bits and bytes explained

What are bits and bytes in relation to your internet service? Our guide has the answers you're looking for.

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What is a MiFi dongle?

To get online when you're away from a reliable broadband connection, you'll need a MiFi dongle. Find out what they are here.

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Why you need to know your broadband consumer rights

You have consumer rights when you buy or sign up to anything, and broadband is no different. Find out what you need to know about your consumer rights here.

What is superfast broadband?

We all want fast broadband, but should we be looking at even faster broadband instead? All your questions about superfast broadband and whether it's worth your consideration are answered in our guide.

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What is ADSL broadband?

If broadband isn't fibre optic, it'll probably be ADSL. But what is ADSL broadband? Our guide answers your key questions to help you decide if it's a good option for you.

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What is the fair usage policy?

It's important that everyone has access to a good level of internet, which is why the idea of a fair usage policy has been adopted by most broadband providers. Find out more in our guide.

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Broadband for rented homes and shared houses

Broadband in rented or shared houses can be a bit more complicated to set up than broadband in your own home. Find out how to sort broadband in rented homes in our comprehensive guide.

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Broadband in Northern Ireland

How does broadband work in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK? Are the same deals available at the same speeds? Our guide has all the answers you need.

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Broadband for the elderly

As the group who find it hardest to get online, how easy is it for pensioners to get a broadband deal that works for them? Our guide has all the answers you're looking for.

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How to change your Wi-Fi router settings

If you're having problems with your router, you might need to change its settings. Find out how to do so in our guide.

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What is a wireless router?

Wireless routers are key bits of kit for any broadband-connected household. If you're not sure what they are, our guide should clear up your key questions.

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots and where to find them

Free Wi-Fi hotspots are always useful, especially if you're somewhere without decent 3G or 4G. This guide tells you what you'll need to log in, where the most likely hotspot locations are and more.

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What is an IP address?

For the non-technical among us, IP address might be an alien term. But if you go online regularly (and who doesn't?), you should have a working understanding of what it is - our guide is here to help.

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What is IPTV?

You might not have heard of IPTV but if you've ever watched internet TV using broadband, you'll have used it. Our guide explains what it is and why you need to know about it.

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Why use a postcode broadband checker?

When you're looking for a new broadband deal, postcode broadband checkers are one of the more important resources you can call on to help make your decision. Find out why you should be consulting them in this guide.

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How do I get no credit check broadband?

When signing up to a broadband contract, it's usually necessary to undergo a credit check. This isn't always the case, though - if you'd prefer not to go through a check, read our guide to find out how.

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How to cancel broadband contracts early

When circumstances or living situations change, households may need to cancel broadband contracts early. This guide explains how to do it and what your rights might be.

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What is the best wireless router?

The best wireless router is always a hotly-debated topic - find out how you can decide which is the best for you in our guide.

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Can I get fibre in my area?

Fibre broadband is the cutting-edge of internet access - to find out how you can see if you can get fibre in your area, read our guide.

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Revealed: The best and worst episodes from some of the world’s favourite TV shows

Our broadband experts at have crunched the numbers to discover which TV series keep getting better and which fail to continue to keep the fans happy.

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Video calling Santa this holiday season

Kids can’t meet Santa in 2020, so we found the best places and services to virtually call Santa from at the North Pole. Explore our guide for more information on which states have the best internet and broadband speeds.

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Broadband experts reveal the most talked about Christmas advert of the year

Our broadband comparison experts have analysed the social sentiment across this year’s retailers Christmas adverts to understand the publics reactions

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Setting up broadband in your new home

Moving house can be stressful but setting up broadband in your new home doesn't have to be - find out how to nail it in our guide.

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How to install and activate broadband

What should you expect when you install broadband? And how do you go about it in the first place? Read our guide to find out.

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Revealed: The world’s most searched for Christmas films

We analysed the number of online searches made for over 30 popular modern and classic Christmas movies to reveal the most popular festive film around the world.

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Internet Speeds Housing Index | compare internet speeds and house prices

Find out the impact of internet speed on house prices. The broadband checker reveals the best places for fast home internet in 50 states across the USA.

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Revealed: The UK's Most Family-Friendly Streaming Service 2020

Broadband experts rank the best and worst streaming service for families, based on price, functionality, and selection. And it's not Disney+...

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What are broadband boosters?

There's nothing more frustrating than a weak internet connection. Find out how a broadband booster could help strengthen your connection in our guide.