How does wireless internet work?

It sounds super tricky and super confusing. Have a read of this though and you'll be alright!

Traditionally internet is carried to your house via some sort of  cable. Usually this is copper phone cable, but this could also be fibre-optic cable, which is actually designed to carry internet signal.

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Copper cable in particular could have been in the ground for a very long time, and the speeds you can get through it are limited.

This is generally called an ADSL or FTTN (fibre to the node) connection

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Wireless internet is transmitted through the air via cell towers straight to your home. The route is direct, and the technology is improving all the time.

The most current version of this technology is known as 4g.

Operating on the same principles as your mobile phone, Switchnode set up high-speed modems to capture and use those signals for a stable internet connection.

The basic Switchnode setup: 4g aerial, modem and router

The basic Switchnode setup:
4g aerial, modem and router


You can take it with you when you move and dodge those pesky cancellation charges that come with having moved a fixed cable account.

It’s also much more resistant to weather events such as rain and storms; cables can be flooded with water when they’re underground, and can be knocked out when transmitted along poles.

Getting started with Switchnode is easy! Just click learn more below, pass along your details, and we’ll help you arrange a wireless fix!

Nathan Smith  Author for Switchnode

Nathan Smith

Author for Switchnode