Broadband Guides - easy to understand guides about broadband

Browse our collection of broadband guides for expert and independent advice on getting more from your broadband provider.

  • Broadband connectivity: how does your local council compare?

    Our analysis of almost 400 UK council websites and Ofcom performance statistics revealed that many councils have missed their own targets and deadlines for improving broadband connectivity in their… More »

  • Best iPhone deals for May

    Picking the best iPhone deal can be tricky. With several different iPhone models to choose from and lots of different places to buy them, where do you even start?… More »

  • Best SIM only deals for May 2018

    Keep your phone, get the minutes and data you need, and pay less overall. These are three main benefits of choosing a SIM only plan. We’ve compared deals across… More »

  • Dongles: What are they, and how do I get one?

    When you want broadband on the go, you need a dongle. They’re portable, easy to use, and, best of all, mean you can get online wherever you are in… More »

  • What’s the best broadband for a holiday home?

    There’s nothing quite like getting away from it all, but sometimes you want to get away from it all AND watch a bit of Netflix. That’s why you probably… More »

  • Can I get fibre optic broadband in my area?

    When you want broadband faster than a cheetah in a Ferrari, it’s got to be fibre. But can your home get it? More »

  • What is web traffic management?

    Web traffic management, traffic shaping, bandwidth management - it all sounds a bit complicated. But it’s actually a pretty fundamental part of broadband, and it can have an affect… More »

  • 10 tips for switching your broadband

    Thinking of switching to a brand new broadband provider? Well you’ve come to the right people. There are tons of benefits to switching - it means you can get… More »

  • Child safety on the internet

    Your children’s safety on the internet is important, but that doesn’t mean it has to be hard work. Learn how to set up parental controls so you can worry… More »

  • Internet security: How to keep your connection secure

    It's a sad fact that crime and other nasty things exist on the web as they do in the 'real world'. Read the following guide to always ensure your… More »

  • What router will I get with my broadband?

    A broadband connection isn’t worth a whole lot if you can’t connect to it - and that’s why providers ship you a router when you sign up. Here’s the… More »

  • YouView: Everything you need to know

    How do you get YouView? What’s the difference between getting it with BT and getting it with TalkTalk? Can you get it without broadband? What broadband speed do you… More »

  • iPhone 7: Everything you need to know

    Want a deal on one of Apple's 2016 flagship phones? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know, including price, features, and how to buy 'em.… More »

  • What’s the best mobile network for me?

    Looking to switch to a new mobile network? We outline some of the extras you can get from each of the UK’s major mobile providers. More »

  • How to buy a mobile phone: The complete guide

    A new mobile phone is a big purchase. It’s something you’ll use every day, and it’ll probably be yours for the next two years. So it’s important to get… More »

  • Plusnet Hub Zero - A complete guide

    So you've gone for Plusnet broadband, and you've got a pretty new Hub Zero to get to grips with. Let's take a look at it. More »

  • Freeview vs Freesat vs YouView

    Freeview, Freesat, and YouView… they all sound a bit similar, and they all offer a set top box that delivers dozens of free-to-air TV channels without a subscription fee.… More »

  • Pay-as-you-go broadband - what can I get?

    Several years ago, you could use the internet on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) basis - paying by the megabyte for what you use. But these days, that’s been abandoned in… More »

  • Getting a new broadband line installed: Your easy guide

    Moving into a new build home that doesn’t have internet yet? Need a second broadband line on your property? Inherited an ancient castle and want to drag it into… More »

  • 5 best phones for older people

    Mobile phones aren’t just for busy professionals and teenagers - they’re valuable gadgets for folks of all ages, including older people. More »