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Wi-Fi is a technology standard that utilises different radio frequencies and channels to transmit data
wirelessly through the air. It allows for the transmission of an internet signal to devices such as PC’s,
Laptops, Gaming Consoles, Smartphones etc. without the need for ethernet cabling directly to the device.
This is more flexible and allows for connected devices to move freely or to be placed in areas where
traditional cabling may not be feasible.
To start with, you’ll need a router, modem router or Mesh system which you should place in a central
location of your chosen space, so that any WiFi-enabled device that’s in range will be able to connect to
the same network. Once set up, you’ll be able to switch on your WiFi-enabled devices and find your network
in the internet settings. If the network is equipped with security, you’ll be required to enter the network
password on each device that you connect to the network. After this, the device will connect wirelessly
without the need to re-enter your password each time.
In order to create a Wi-Fi network and share the internet around your home or office there are a few
factors you will need to consider. There are multiple types of internet connections available in Australia
and you are best to first understand what type you have access to. This will then help determine the best
products for your home or office.
For ADSL. ADSL 2+ or VDSL connections, a modem router should be used. For NBN connections It is important
to understand what type of NBN delivery method is available to your area. The easiest way to do this is to
your address here.
Types of NBN:
A 4G router allows you to use the 4G network to create your own home or small office WiFi network. Simply
insert an active SIM card into the router to create a WiFi network you can use with multiple devices.
Officeworks has a range of networking devices to help you get the most out of your WiFi internet
connection. Discover the range of WiFi network products below.
As the core of your network, a router receives an internet signal and then communicates with all your
wired or wireless devices to ensure they receive the bandwidth they need. A standalone router can be used
for NBN types where a modem is not needed (Like FTTP) or can be paired with a separate modem for other
Want to read more on routers? Check
it out here.
A modem is a device that receives an internet signal from your provider. Usually this signal is
transmitted over copper telephone wire for ADSL/VDSL connections. The modem passes over the internet
signal to a router which then connects to your devices. Standalone modems are becoming less common due to
NBN rollouts and in most cases a router with a built-in modem (Modem Router) is far more convenient.
Want to read more on modems? Check
it out here.
A modem router combines two devices to provide an all-in-one solution for a connection to the internet.
Modem routers can be used on different connection types, including ADSL and NBN VDSL (FTTN) and can
provide you with both wired and WiFi connectivity for sharing the internet with your devices. Most modem
routers can also be used without the modem and function as a router only.
Also known as range extenders, it will help to extend your WiFi signal even further for better coverage.
This is a great option for large or double story homes and for homes that have dead zones and struggle to
Sometimes known as wireless adaptors, adapters can be used for older devices, like computers, that do not
have built-in wireless functionality. They receive signals from a wireless router and will enable you to
access the internet when you’re in range.
A switch is a central device that allows for more hard-wired Ethernet connections at any given point in a
network path. If you want to have multiple connections (like for a business), a switch will easily allow
for as many connections as needed. They’re also usually quite easy to install and set up.
It’s important that you also set up a network in your workplace, ensuring that you find the right network
solution for your business size. You might use devices like access points, powerline extensions and
bridges to expand your network, allowing multiple people to use the internet, simultaneously.
Mesh networking kits are another simple way to expand the range of your WiFi network. They can be very
easily added to your existing networking devices and will work with all internet types. They can also
generally be expanded upon to suit the size of your home. Mesh systems are also useful if you have an
existing NBN voice telephone line (VoIP) as they do not interrupt this functionality.
What are the benefits of a WiFi network? A WiFi network gives you flexible options due to the convenience
of mobility, meaning you’ll be able to access the internet throughout your home. Whether you’re scrolling on
your mobile in bed, streaming on your television, or working in your home office, you’ll be able to do
everything you want, on multiple devices.
There are hardly any cables involved when creating a WiFi network, making set up and installation a
quick and easy process. Plus, you might find it’s cheaper long-term because you can easily expand your
network as your internet needs grow without having to worry about adding more wiring.
If you’re thinking about opening a small business, having a wireless network can help to bring you
more customers. In the workplace, it will also help with efficiency and allow partners, customers and
colleagues to all talk to each other with ease.
And if you’re worried about security, you’ll be able to store files on your network, access them from
any device and manage your passwords to keep your data protected. You can even set up guest networks
or use features like parental controls to monitor use, block unwanted data and keep your information
Our buying guide walks you through starting your smart home or office.