Fibre Optic Internet Connections and WiFi Routers

ultra-fast-broadband-nzA fiber optic internet connection is currently the fastest and best on the market. If you have the chance to move over to it, then you should. It will make all other broadband providers appear slow in comparison.

If you have just moved over to fiber internet connection, you may a have a few questions that need to be answered. At the top of the list will be: If I get fiber internet, do I need to get a new WiFi router?

It is likely that you will need to buy a new router, as there are many that do not work with fiber optic connections. While most of the top brand names will work in this case, you need check the manufacturers first. It is also worth consulting your ISP provider as they will be able to give you a list of known routers that work with the connection. In some cases, they also offer a router as part of the package.

If you have a current router, then there is a chance that it might work with the new connection. It is certainly worth trying first, but some of the technology might have been updated since you bought it. In such case, you would need to either upgrade it (if possible), or to buy a new router.

You should be able to ask your provider to offer you a free device for your home. This is the most important equipment that you need in order to be up and running quickly. Once this process is completed you can connect your computers, laptops, phones and other wireless devices to the new internet connection.

Another thing to point out here is that while some routers will work with the fiber optic connection – if they are not up to date, they will slow the connection down, making your download speed lag behind its true capabilities. It is worth asking the ISP to send a technician round to test the speed that you are getting from the service, so that you know how fast, and how well the connection is operating.

Realize that the connection works by a strand that runs into your home. This then turns into cat6e or a FTTP fiber once in the home. As such, the way that router receives the signal is very important, which is why you need to check with the ISP first.