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What is Wireless Broadband?

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Wireless Broadband
  2. How Aptus Broadband Wireless Broadband Works
  3. Coverage Check

Ever wonder, ‘what is wireless broadband’? well at Aptus Broadband, we have you covered.

1. What is Wireless Broadband?

Wireless Broadband is telecommunication technology that supplies high-speed interest access to your home or business. Aptus Broadband specialises in rural wireless broadband. Meaning, Aptus are able to supply wireless broadband services to places other broadband providers cannot.

Wireless Broadband works when you have an Aptus Broadband router installed in your home. Your Aptus Broadband router will then connect to an Aptus Broadband signal, providing you with Ultra- fast wireless broadband.

2. How Aptus Broadband Wireless Broadband Works

Wireless Broadband works when you have an Aptus Broadband router installed in your home. Your Aptus Broadband router will then connect to an Aptus Broadband signal, providing you with Ultra- fast wireless broadband.

Aptus Broadband operates of lower contention rates. Meaning, you will not suffer from low bandwidth or network congestion. Additionally, at Aptus, we monitor our network 24/7, ensuring you receive high speed broadband at all times.

3. Aptus Broadband Coverage Check

Learn how to accurately test your fixed wireless broadband speed here, watch your signal strength as your broadband speed is being tested. If you are receiving one or two bars, that means you have a poor signal strength and you may need to change broadband provider or boost your wireless broadband signal by switching to Aptus Broadband and installing our total Wi-Fi coverage solution, AptusMESH.

Check your Aptus Broadband coverage today and see if you can get wireless broadband in your area.

How Aptus Broadband and The National Broadband Plan Will Work Together

How Aptus Broadband and The NBI Will Work Together

 

Aptus Broadband will have the capacity to supply fibre powered broadband to over 96% of the country once the National Broadband Ireland connection goes live.

The NBI is a government sponsored initiative that aims to supply broadband across rural Ireland. The NBI will install one fibre connection per household and do not supply broadband on behalf of retailers across Ireland.

Aptus Broadband will remain the fibre and broadband service supplier for thousands of homes across Ireland. Whilst remaining rural broadband specialists in the South East of Ireland, Aptus will also have the capacity to supply high speed fibre broadband to homes 

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Aptus will be able to supply high speed internet of approximately 150mbps from each broadband connection point (BCP). Thus, allowing people to have high speed WiFi throughout their home.

With the help of Aptus Broadband, the new rural fibre network will be able to support those who are working from home, daily internet access, streaming, gaming, smart TV’s and more.

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What is The National Broadband Plan?

What is The National Broadband Plan Ireland?

The National Broadband Plan Ireland (NBI) is a government initiative to bring high speed fibre powered broadband to rural Ireland.

Aptus Broadband are currently dedicated to supplying specialist and reliable broadband to rural homes across seven counties in Ireland. However, once the NBI have successfully installed the fibre connections, Aptus will be able to supply high speed fibre broadband to homes across the isle of Ireland.

The primary focus of the NBI is to promote commercial investment in rural areas of Ireland. The NBI will build, operate, and maintain the new high speed fibre network. 

The NBI are set to install 1.5 million poles, over 140,000 KM of fibre cable and 15,000 KM of underground duct networks in order to bring 544,000 high speed fibre broadband access to 96% of the Irish land mass.

The majority of these connections will be delivered via the nearest Optical Connection Point, through an overhead line. Some connections may be installed through an existing duct, but this duct must meet NBI specifications.

The NBI is partnered with global technology conglomerates such as Nokia, Granahan McCourt, Secto and many more. This collaboration of telecommunication organisations allows for optimum connectivity and the strategic implementation of rural fibre. 

Currently, works have commenced in:

  • Co Cork – Carrigaline, Fountainstown, Ballinhassig, Monkstown, and Upper Rochestown
  • Co Galway – Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Claregalway, Furbo and Barna. Ballinasloe – areas around Ballinasloe such as Kiltomer, Oatfield, Annagh, Kilconnell, and Ahascragh
  • Co Cavan – Ballinagh, Corlurgan, Araghan, Poles, and Caughoo
  • Co. Limerick – townlands outside Limerick City including Mungret, Patrickswell, Crecora, Castleconnell and Caherconlish

The NBI plan aim to have the network completed within 5-7 years but are currently ahead of the planned schedule.

You can find more information on the National Broadband Plan on the NBI website.

The Irish government have created an interactive map detailing the NBI route, you can access this map here. This map is updated on a quarterly basis.

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How to blacklist websites during the school day

With Aptus Broadband you can monitor your family members online activities with the click of a button. You can now ensure your child can only visiting educational websites during school hours with the help of Aptus Broadband’s free parental features. 

Aptus Broadband also allows you to limit your child’s screen time as an extra free parental control feature on our router. In order to limit what sites your child has access to during school hours, you will need to create a user profile. 

Setting up your controls

Parental Controls are set-up using profiles which define the duration and times that internet use is allowed on certain devices on your Aptus home network.

The following profiles are already set-up in your FRITZ!Box 4040:

  • Standard: This is the default profile for all devices.
  • Blocked: These devices cannot access the Aptus internet connection at any time.
  • Unrestricted: these devices can always access the Aptus home network without restrictions.
  • Guest: This profile is adjustable to individual device

Creating a New Profile

  1. Connect your mobile phone to your Aptus home network
  2. Download the FRITZ!Box mobile app: Fritz!App for iOs or the Fritz!App for Android
  3. Enter the network password. Find this under the router. It enables you to configure the router from your mobile phone.
  4. When using the FRITZ!Box mobile app, click ‘internet’, then ‘filters’
  5. Click on the ‘Access profiles’ tab and then ‘New Access profile’.
  6. Enter a memorable and recognisable name for the user(s) or device(s) you wish to monitor using this profile. E.g. ‘Kids Devices’.
  7. The ‘period’ option specifies when internet access is allowed for the devices which will be added to this profile.
  8. Next is the ‘time budget’ option. This specifies the duration for which members of this profile are allowed to use the internet. For example, if you want devices belonging to children to access the internet for no more than 2 hours on a particular day (or days), this is where to do that. If all devices on that profile (E.g. ‘Kids Devices’) are meant to share the allocated time budget, then enable the option ‘shared budget’. Otherwise, each device will have internet access for the duration chosen.
  9. Enable ‘Use of guest access blocked’
  10. Limiting website access is the final step in creating a profile – and it’s optional. From here you can blacklist certain websites that these devices shouldn’t access.
  11. When you’re happy with your profile settings, click ‘ok’ to confirm the profile.

 

If you have difficulty with any of the steps provided here, please contact Aptus Support for assistance.

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Which Wi-Fi is Better: Mesh or Boosters?

Wi-Fi is spread by a router across your home. If your Wi-Fi doesn’t reach one room, you may have to invest in additional devices to help the router spread the signal further.

With so many technologies available and so many brands of each type, it’s easy to get caught in a spider’s web of tech talk, where everyone claims to have the best solution. So we’re comparing the pros and cons of two possible solutions: mesh systems and boosters.

Mesh Systems VS Wi-Fi Boosters

A mesh system involves a series of devices that all connect to one home network.  They spread a Wi-Fi signal further than possible with just the router. Wi-Fi range boosters, also known as Wi-Fi extenders, are bought off-the-shelf and increase the range of your Wi-Fi router. So what’s the difference?

 

Signal Strength

Broadband extenders increase the range of the internet. However, they do so while decreasing the Wi-Fi performance. This leads to more problems with broadband speed and general Wi-Fi connectivity.

A mesh network connects your router to a series of devices that carry the same Wi-Fi signal throughout your house. Mesh systems don’t suffer from the same decrease in performance as boosters because they work with the network to spread the signal.

 

Single Network or Multiple Networks

Boosters operate on a separate network. Your devices switch between the two networks when you enter the area covered by that network. The idea is that your device will know when to switch automatically.

This is great in theory, but the reality sometimes means manually switching between the two networks. If you’re lucky, a manual switch means going to the setting on your device and selecting that network. If you’re not so fortunate, it means putting in the network password each time.

Wireless mesh devices installed by Aptus Broadband automatically ‘pair’ with the current network so that they’re effectively the same network. This means there’s no switching between broadband networks and you won’t have to worry about buffering videos when on the move throughout the house. Because its all the one network, there is only one password regardless of how many mesh devices are paired with the network.

 

Scalability of Wi-Fi Range

Both extenders and a mesh system will get the signal to the room at the other end of your house. However, only mesh systems will allow you to scale the Wi-Fi range indefinitely without negatively affecting the performance. The nature of a mesh system means you can pair as many devices as it takes to make your home a Wi-Fi hub!

 

Which is Better: Boosters or Mesh?

Boosters are more common but, as you can see, that doesn’t mean they’re the best all-round solution. Mesh systems have a few obvious advantages over extenders. That’s why Aptus recommends mesh technology to solve Wi-Fi range issues.

 

For more information about an Aptus Mesh solution, contact us on 059 915 8030 or sales@aptus.ie.

 

7 Tips when Choosing a Broadband Provider

If you’re looking to switch broadband supplier, there’s more to consider than just speed, data and price. Other factors can make or break your experience with a broadband supplier.

To help you avoid that ‘gotcha!’ moment, we’ve outlined the things you should look out for when choosing a broadband provider.

Before we get started on how to choose a good provider…

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Surprisingly, the first thing to check is something you’ll only experience if you become a customer of that provider: the customer support team.

Ways to Choose a Broadband Provider





1. How’s their customer support?

To evaluate a broadband provider’s customer support, seek the advice of existing customers. Ask a neighbour, family member or a friend that has a service from them and ask about their experience. Neighbours are also helpful if you’re questioning ‘is the broadband in my area what it should be?’

If you don’t personally know any existing customers, check online reviews. Reading company reviews on Google and social media platforms gives a sense of how much a broadband provider values its customer care.





2. How contactable are they?

How contactable are they? And we don’t just mean the sales line. If you call the customer support team, how long does it take to speak to a human? If there’s no one available to take the call, are you left waiting on hold indefinitely? This is an indicator of the service level you could expect when you’re a customer of this provider.

The Aptus network is monitored 24/7 and our support team is available Mon-Fri from 9AM to 5:30PM. If you call outside of these hours, please leave a voicemail and we’ll return your call ASAP.





3. How long is the contract?

Always assume there’s a contract with any internet service provider. Most providers will have a 12-month contract as standard, while others have 24-month contracts.

Also check what happens to your package after the contract term ends? Does the price stay the same or increase?

All Aptus contracts are for 12 months and are ‘fixed price products’ i.e. your price stays the same after your contract ends.





4. What are the extra fees & charges?

The headline price on the package is only the first of many price points. Here are some of the other potential costs you need to ask about:

  • What does the WiFi installation cost? Is there an activation fee?
  • Other fees, particularly relating to changes to your account. For example, to change a name or contact information could incur administration charges.
  • After the initial contract, what happens to the price? Many broadband companies increase the price even within the contract period, for example, after the first 6 months. Others increase the price after the contract.




5. What’s the network contention ratio?

The ratio of contention is the number of other people on the same part of the network as you. In other words, it’s how many people you ‘contend’ with for the same high-speed internet.

For example, Aptus’ contention ratio is 12:1 for homes. This means the Aptus network does not allow more than 12 homes to ‘contend’ for the same data. Let’s compare this with other networks, which are 300:1 or sometimes 1000:1. The Aptus contention ratio is very low. This ensures Aptus customers receive the high-speed internet they sign-up for.

It’s worth asking a broadband provider about the contention ratio of the network because it reflects the quality of the service received.





6. Is there a Fair Use Policy?

Is your data really unlimited? Or will you be charged ‘overage’ fees for using more data than you should? Most companies have a Fair Use policy. Read it to know exactly how the Fair Use policy works.

Aptus packages are subject to Fair usage policies. The particular policy depends on the package. However, Aptus customers on these packages will never receive a bill for more than the standard subscription amount, neither is the service cut-off for exceeding the Fair Use amount.





7. What kind of latency should you expect?

Latency is delay. It’s the quality of the internet connection. 1Gb speeds are great but if your latency is high, you’re unlikely to benefit from this. Aptus is proud to deliver one of the lowest latency rates in the broadband industry. See our blog about the top five tips for reducing latency.

Before you switch broadband, ask the right questions to find out how good that deal really is. Having trouble figuring out what speeds and data you require? We’ll recommend the right broadband package for you; try our free tool to see which broadband we recommend.

What Internet Speed Do I Need?

Every internet service provider talks about high internet speed, but how do you know how much speed you need? Aptus will recommend the broadband package suited to you based on your household needs. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!

What Broadband Do I Need

What is a high-speed internet connection?

This depends on the package you’re on and your household internet demands.

A wireless broadband package with speeds up to 50Mbps (.i.e. Aptus Super Plus) should provide average speeds between 30-45Mbps. This supports most online activity, such as HD streaming, online gaming, web browsing and downloading music at the same time on about three to four devices.

 

What broadband do I need?

If you want your internet connection to support even more devices and users at once, broadband packages in the 100Mbps range are recommended. Tell us a little about your broadband requirements and Aptus will recommend a broadband package for you.

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Learn how to accurately test WiFi speed to know if your current connection is fast enough for your household.

 

What are fast internet upload speeds?

Online gaming requires at least 1Mbps for most games to play without lag. On the other hand, making a Skype call needs about 1.5Mbps upload speed.

However, things like latency and ping affect any gamer’s experience as much as the speed. Read our top five tips to reduce latency, which will help to reduce lag when gaming.

See Aptus Broadband Speed FAQ’s for additional answers relating to broadband speed.

 

Fair Use Policies: What You Need To Know

What is a ‘Fair Use’ policy?

Most broadband providers have a Fair Usage policy. Home internet is a contended service, meaning you share the service with others on the same network.

To ensure there is no slowing of the service speed, your internet provider likely uses a Fair Use policy to share the bandwidth across all users. This ensures there’s a balance between different connections on the network.

How does a Fair Usage policy affect you?

Internet service providers either measure data use by day (i.e. a daily data amount after which you are slowed down) or by month (i.e. a monthly data amount after which you are slowed).

Read the provider’s Fair Usage policy to know what happens when the data amount is exceeded. Exceeding the Fair Usage amount can incur additional charges and it can result in reduced speeds.

Aptus’ Fair Use policy states that there is a slowdown in your high-speed internet performance when the daily use amount is exceeded. However, there are no extra charges. This means you are never locked out from accessing the service, and performance restrictions are lifted at midnight.

 

How much data does each activity use?

There’s no one set rule for how much data a device or program uses. However, here’s a guide to data use by activity:

  • Video: streaming a high definition (HD) video on Netflix, Now TV, etc. uses about 4GB of data per hour. Streaming a video on standard definition (SD) reduces data use. Watching SD video on the same platforms uses about 1GB of data per hour. At the extreme high-end, Ultra HD uses 3GB to 7GB per hour of streaming!
  • Online gaming: most people are surprised by how little data online gaming requires; it’s between 0.04GB and 0.3GB per hour. Online gaming relies on high speed internet rather than data use.
  • Music streaming: Spotify, for example, uses approximately 1GB per every 7 hours of streaming.
  • Browsing online: things like online banking, social media, checking emails, etc. are very low on data use. For every 10 hours of this type of use, about 0.25GB is used.

 

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Aptus Customers: How much data am I using?

Aptus customers have access to a hub called My Aptus. This allows customers to monitor their household data use for each day of the month. Get access to your My Aptus account by reading the My Aptus FAQ’s page.

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