Can 5G’s high-speed Wifi replace cable connections?

Staying connected online wherever you go is a necessity nowadays, and thanks to cellular technology, you can have an internet connection 24/7. You’re probably already enjoying the many benefits of 5G on your mobile phone, but have you ever considered the possibility of cellular technology replacing your existing Wifi network?

If your current internet connection isn’t doing it for you — low speeds, signal fluctuations, rising costs — maybe 5G could be the solution to your broadband needs. 5G technology actually offers appealing internet speeds and more cost-effective pricing for home internet connections too, but the availability might be an issue. If 5G home internet plans from names like T-Mobile or Verizon are being offered within your vicinity, you might want to consider switching.

What is 5G exactly?

5G stands for the fifth-generation mobile network, its predecessors being 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G networks. At the moment, 5G technology enables higher multi-Gbps data speeds, higher download speeds, the lowest latency levels, a massive network capacity, and overall, a more efficient user experience. To learn more about 5G cellular technology and how it works, visit ‘What is 5G? Understanding 5G Technology’.

What is 5G home Wifi/broadband, and how does it work?

You probably get Wifi at home either through the main Wifi router, Wifi extenders, or nodes (if you have a Mesh Wifi system) or through a direct wired connection like ethernet cables or fibre. Many internet service providers deliver home internet service via phone lines or cables — coaxial cable, fibre-optic internet — which are all wired connections from the provider to your home.

5G Wifi delivers internet to your home through a wireless connection. It provides internet access from a 5G tower and works by incorporating 5G technology into a Wifi set-up rather than a mobile phone. The “5G Wifi router” then emits Wifi signals, allowing devices to connect to it just like standard broadband routers.

How is this possible? Well, you know that 5G smartphones are able to connect to the internet using 5G SIM cards, right? The same technology is applied to 5G home routers, essentially mobile broadband routers, and they are fitted with 5G SIM cards, which send out Wifi signals for devices to connect to.

For a successful 5G Wifi connection, your provider will need to install an outdoor/indoor 5G receiver at your home/office to help pick up the 5G signals.

5GHZ and 5G: What’s the difference?

One common misunderstanding is seeing “5GHz” on Wifi routers and assuming you have access to 5G. 5GHz or 5 gigahertz is actually a short-range radio frequency and is one of the bandwidth options for your home’s Wifi system along with 2.4 GHz. And 5G is the newest cellular standard that uses higher-frequency waves and improves on 4G.

Connecting to 5G Wifi

If you’re interested in switching to a 5G Home Wifi connection, you’ll need to live in an area with a strong 5G signal. Next, you’ll opt for a 5G broadband plan — the most popular ones being from Verizon and T-Mobile — after which you’ll receive their 5G home Wifi router.

However, if your area doesn’t have 5G coverage yet, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until it becomes available to opt for 5G Wifi deals.

Why get 5G Internet?

There are many prominent advantages of opting for 5G home Wifi over your typical cable (coaxial or fibre-optic) internet connection.

1. Theoretically, 5G internet connections are

insanely fast with a speed of 20 gigabits per second per cell, making it ten times faster than 4G and definitely many types of wired connections.

2. 5G Wifi technology can also provide reliable internet access in areas where there is a lack of infrastructure for wired connections, such as in rural areas, developing countries and newly constructed areas. And since the 5G connection is entirely wireless and mobile, you can move the 5G Wifi router around to maximise coverage.

3. With wired connections, such as fibre-optic cable connections, most of the expense is related to the hardware that comes along with it. Cables and other equipment are required to make the internet connection possible, and it also results in unsightly wires in visible areas in the house. Whereas, with 5G Wifi systems, most of the hardware and equipment is generally not needed due to the ‘wireless’ factor.

4. 5G also offers a very low latency standard. In simple terms, this means that everything you do on the internet is done a lot faster, for example, downloading files, streaming movies, uploading pictures and videos and good news for gamers — playing online games! On the other hand, cable connections are infamous for very high latencies which leads to lagging and buffering.

5. Many of the issues you face with your wired connection is usually related to the bandwidth, such as congestion, buffering, disconnects, and drops in signals. 5G Wifi systems offer a higher bandwidth — great for faster data transfer speed and increased capability.

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