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How internet speeds can affect house prices

When you are looking into properties, you have probably heard of the famous phrase, ‘location, location, location’. Of course, location of your new home is very important, but this is in more ways than you think.

Internet speeds have been found to affect house prices just as much as the location. In fact, there can be a big difference in property prices in neighbouring streets because of broadband speeds. When it comes to moving house, people are simply not prepared to relocate to somewhere with a bad connection or slow internet speeds. Let’s take a closer look at how internet speeds affect house prices in the digital age.

The top house hunting factors

When searching for your dream home, there are going to be a number of factors that you look for. In particular, the location is at the top of the priority list. This includes the street and neighbourhood the house is located in. Overall, you want it to be a safe area that suits your lifestyle, as well as being near to your work and perhaps near shops, schools and transportation. Some people look for bustling city spots while others wish for a quiet rural location. The choice is yours.

Of course, the house itself matters too. Some opt for modern new developments, whilst others prefer traditional Victorian homes for barn conversions with character. Perhaps you are more focused on what is inside the home, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. In addition to the floor plan, you want to know how much the heating is going to cost and what amenities are available for moving in. Some people want a property they can make their own, whilst others want somewhere completed to their style.

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Internet speed is now a priority

In the 21st century with innovative technology, being online is essential. Fast home broadband speeds have become a new factor that families are looking at before they move into a property.

Internet speeds are often taken for granted, with younger generations growing up with freedom online, unaware of the days of dial-up. With the recent change in the working lifestyle due to COVID-19, more people are now working from home, streaming television programs and surfing the internet than before. In one way or another, we are all dependent on the internet. One of the top questions when looking at a property is now; how fast is the internet here?

Bare in mind that the buyer of your property may be a landlord looking for rental income, so broadband is going to be a huge factor in the rental market.

WIFI Mesh system House prices slump with bad internet

If you are trying to sell your house, know that your internet speed is going to be scrutinised. If you have fast speeds and do not experience any interruption when you are streaming or surfing, your property price is likely to be safe. However, if you do have slow broadband speeds, this is something to worry about. A recent study by ISPreview has found looking at average UK house prices that if you have really slow internet speeds, 24 percent could be knocked off the value of your home.

For example, that same study saw that an area called Coppice Farm Park in St. Leonards had a 62 percent lower property price than the average property in the same postcode district. The internet speed was a shocking 0.719 Mbps.

In particular, it is often rural properties that are affected by slower internet speeds. While a lot of people love the quiet and serene surroundings of the countryside, they still want the amenities that the city provides. Of course, house prices are typically lower in rural areas than in the city. But they are going to be even lower if the internet is not up to speed.

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Fix the problem before you sell

Do you want to sell your home soon? As you can see, the internet has become a priority for house shoppers. If you think that you have a slow internet speed, make sure you get the problem fixed first. Do not ignore it and think nobody will notice. They will and this is going to take a toll of the price you get for your property. You will also be able to benefit from the faster broadband yourself while the house is on the market. Flexible contracts are available from Wave Internet, so let us work something out for you.

Wave Internet is the number one choice when it comes to rural broadband solutions. You can get next-generation internet technology so that you do not suffer from any slowness or breaks online. You are able to stream, surf and work without any problems, no matter where your property is located in the countryside. You can even choose a WIFI booster for even better speeds. 

Wifi Security – How to minimise the risks

Do you worry about being hacked or having your private information compromised? WIFI security issues are one of the most common worries amongst internet users. There are many horror stories in the media, which are growing due to the popularity of smart devices.

Just because these things are happening, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy having WIFI and smart devices in your home or business. It just means that you also have to be smart with your security. Let’s take a look at some easy ways to minimise risks.

Security tips for WIFI

First of all, we will take a look at ways you can secure your WIFI. This is something you can do before adjusting the settings on your smart devices. So, let’s get started.

secure password Use a strong network password

Of course, the most obvious security tip is to have a strong password on your WIFI. This is going to stop any unwelcomed guests using your internet or compromising your security. You would be surprised how many people do not have passwords.

In addition, a lot of WIFI networks will have a default password. Have you ever changed this? Not a lot of people do. But if you want to be extra safe, it is recommended that you change all of your default passwords. Ensure your password is strong by using a variety of numbers, letters and symbols. Of course, it should be something that no one will easily guess or is common knowledge about you. You may also want to change the network names if you are worried. You can use a password generator website to create something super secure.

Update the Software Keep software up to date

We are all guilty of ignoring updates when we are busy on the computer. But it is best to always install the updates when they are available. In particular, WIFI providers may send you updates that boost the security of your computer and other devices. It is essential that you install this so that you can enjoy the latest updates to remain secure. Hacking and viruses are getting more sophisticated all the time. It is necessary to stay up to date when your provider is offering new software.

guest wifi Have a guest WIFI network

If you run a business, it is not always advisable to have a public WIFI network. Of course, this depends on the type of business you have. An office may only need internal wifi, but in hospitality providing your customers with a connection is a good way to attract people into your store, café or restaurant.

If you are not careful, it can cause real security problems. A public WIFI network without a password for example, can be easy for hackers to access your data, as well as your customer’s data. Keep internal and guest connections separate. This is going to make sure that you are not open to threats and you are still offering a connection for your customers. They will not be able to access your other devices, such as smart devices and printers within your business. You can also enjoy peace of mind and know you have done everything.

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Change Provider

If you have already experienced security problems with your internet provider, it may be time to switch. This can be the best way to avoid security issues happening again. For example, at Wave Internet, we can provide you with super-fast and affordable broadband in your home or business. You can stay connected, as well as secure, allowing you to browse with confidence. You don’t need a phone line and there is unlimited data usage. We also have a local telephone number in case you have any problems. This is a great solution for customers living in rural areas and needing reliable coverage.

smart devices Security tips for smart devices

Do you have smart devices in your home? By smart devices, we mean Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Echo and Echo Dot, Ring doorbells, Hive lighting and heating and Google Home. All of these devices need an internet connection to operate. Once you’ve secured your WIFI, there are some things you can do with these devices too to be extra safe.

1. Erase Alexa voice recordings

You may not realise it but Amazon Alexa devices keep a log of all the voice recordings you have made. Think about it like your web history but on your smart device. If you are not comfortable with the smart device storing all of your commands, you can easily erase them in the history settings. It is advisable to make a habit of doing this every one to two days. This way, you can keep on top of things and make sure there are no voice recordings left on your smart device.

2. Turn off cameras and microphones

Are you guilty of leaving on a lot of devices when you do not have to? Perhaps it is time to consider switching off your smart devices when you are not going to be using them. There are a lot of bad stories in the media about hackers, which can be quite scary. Limiting the amount of devices you have on in your home could minimise threats.

In addition, there are now smart devices that enable you to manually switch off the microphone when you are not using it. Simply use this button when you are now using your smart device and this can stop it listening to your conversations and recording with you realising.

3. Choose a unique wake word

Do you know what a wake word is? This is simply the phrase you use to wake up your smart device and begin giving it demands. In other words, this is when it starts to record your voice. To avoid the possibility of interference, as well as recording conversations you do not want it to do, you can change the wake word. Try to choose a unique word that would be hard for someone to guess and that does not pop into everyday conversation. This way, the device will only record when you want it to.

4. Use a pin for voice purchases

Of course, one of the great things about Alexa devices is that they enable you to make quick and easy purchases. All you have to do is say your command and your items will be ordered. But this also makes it simple for children or somebody else to make purchases on your account. The best way you can secure your device is by setting up a pin code for voice purchases. This can be easily done in settings on your Alexa account. Make sure it is a pin that nobody is going to guess.

5. Adjust privacy settings

Without you realising, a lot of smart devices are using your information in one way or another. Make sure that you read the privacy policies and terms of use so that you are familiar with the data that is used. If you are not comfortable with some of them, do not use them. But there are ways you can adjust the privacy settings. For example, in the Alexa app, you can view and adjust your privacy settings. You can manage what information is going to be sent away to Amazon. You can also review the permissions on your phone so that smart device are not using your microphone, camera or other information without you knowing.

 

Want to discuss your internet security?

Get in touch with our team by calling 01254 377373 or email us at info@waveinternet.co.uk.

The Myths about broadband

When considering switching your broadband service, you may be dissatisfied with your current provider but still hesitant to switch due to the myths about changing your service.

Wave Internet are here to help you to bust these broadband myths and give you the reassurance you need to make the best choices for you.

Here are some of the key myths that surround the process of switching broadband:

  1. It’s too much hassle to switch and takes too long

Probably the biggest myth surrounding broadband is that it takes too long to switch but there are so many positives to switching too. You can save money, experience quicker speeds and better customer service too and they are just a few reasons.

At Wave Internet we make the installation process as seamless as possible so there’s no need to worry about everything taking too long. All of our engineers are local in the North West so you won’t be waiting long for you installation!

In most cases, switching broadband is almost entirely provider-led so all you need to do is contact your new provider to arrange start and end dates and the provider will do the rest.

  1. I’ll lose internet access when I switch

The switching process used to be long and complicated but with Wave Internet we can set up a new wifi connection for you in 7-10 working days from when you have contacted us.

Going without an internet connection is difficult for many these days with demands of work and everyday life and as Wave Internet is a local, independent provider you can expect more personalised customer service to ensure the job is done quickly and efficiently.

A typical switch can result in a short loss of service but it’s a matter of minutes as opposed to days so you won’t have too long to wait! On the days your switch is scheduled to take place, you can lose your connection for up to an hour so if completed on time, there shouldn’t be much interruption for you!

Here at Wave Internet we have our own mast sites and do not rent public masts meaning we have no pressure to oversubscribe our sites unlike other suppliers. We operate a policy of limited numbers per mast in order to ensure superfast broadband for all of our customers.

If you are considering switching to another provider, make sure you remember to check your current cancellation notice, otherwise you could end up paying double or your old and new broadband provider.

  1. My Broadband speed will be slower when I switch

The two biggest dissatisfaction for broadband users are slow speeds and poor, unreliable connections but we can ensure that with Wave Internet you won’t experience this if you are looking for fast internet speeds and reliable connections across the North West.

We can offer download speeds of up to 30Mbps and great connections for residential or business customers so there’s no need to worry about your broadband service being slower than usual.

Whether you like to watch films online, access on demand TV or online gaming, Wave Internet offers reliable, fast internet on a more personal level as an alternative to larger providers.

If you are based in the North West, you may find that using a local provider will also speed up your service as we own all of our mast sites meaning we have no pressure to oversubscribe our sites unlike other suppliers. We operate a policy of limited numbers per mast in order to ensure superfast broadband for all of our customers.

  1. Fibre Broadband is too expensive

Some internet users think that using superfast services may cost the earth, and therefore can’t justify switching, however, Wave Internet offers a competitive price, fantastic connection and excellent customer service too!

Wave Internet offers various packages including Silver, Gold and Platinum so there are various price points depending on your budget. Our superfast wireless broadband service is available for all homes and businesses so if you are in a more rural location or an area which cannot be reached by traditional providers, you’re in luck!

Wireless fibre technology allows us to take high speed fibre optic broadband and transfer it to microwave data, to then transmit a secure wireless signal between our distribution sites to homs and businesses, connecting you to the worldwide web. The technology maintains the fibre optic speed and beams the data through the airwaves to your doorstep, without the need for a phone line.

Instead of cable, we use a small dish and can provide wireless fibre technology to anyone within a direct, clear line of sight from one of our distribution points. Your Wave Internet antenna is then installed on your building and recieves the signal in line of sight. Y6our free router plus into your receiver and your Wave Internet experience has begun.

  1. All the choices are really confusing

There are so many broadband providers out there so many people feel it can be challenging to make the right choice. Even though some providers offer a discount or a bundle deal for many services it can seem a little overwhelming to find out which is going to be the better deal.

Here at Wave Internet, we have a simple pricing structure so you can pay for as much or as little as you want in terms of extra benefits.

As a top tip, you need to consider the services and benefits you actually need and check if they are included in the deal. Before you start shopping around, think about your priorities and the kind of speeds you are looking for. Once you have an idea of what you want and need from your broadband service, it’s time to start comparing broadband deals.

  1. I think I’m getting the best deal with my current provider already

When you originally secured your broadband deal I’m sure you did a lot of shopping around to get the price, therefore it makes sense to go back to the beginning as the broadband market is constantly growing and prices will always be changing. There are so many benefits to consider, from the overall speed to the ease of installation and customer service too!

As Wave Internet is a local, independent provider, we have an experienced team of engineers on hand to provide excellent customer service. Whether you are looking for residential or business broadband services, you will want to ensure you can always talk to someone knowledgeable and reliable, as opposed to dealing with overseas customer service teams.

We hope this has helped to bust some broadband myths for you and we are confident that we can offer you affordable and efficient high speed internet with no techie speak! If you would like to explore Wave Internet services further, you can request a site survey so we can take a full look at your property and help you to secure the fastest broadband around!