BT Wifi?

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Posted 6th Dec 2019
If this is the plug I set my wifi up in, does it mean I can only get the internet with a BT account?

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Nope, probably just means that BT were the ones that fitted that socket. You should be fine with any broadband provider.
BT Openreach fitted a BT Openreach socket. Can be used with any comms provider that uses BT Openreach line, which is typically (almost) any provider except Virgin.
AndyRoyd06/12/2019 23:33

BT Openreach fitted a BT Openreach socket. Can be used with any comms …BT Openreach fitted a BT Openreach socket. Can be used with any comms provider that uses BT Openreach line, which is typically (almost) any provider except Virgin.


Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin fibre to the property).
mds125606/12/2019 23:51

Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin …Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin fibre to the property).


There's a whole rook of caveats to the original statement but it still serves as general summary to OPs question without the dull detail.
mds125606/12/2019 23:51

Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin …Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin fibre to the property).



Previously yes, today no.
Virgin used to sell broadband to everyone, non Virgin Media areas they used Openreach to provide coverage and that was ADSL for the most part, years back they stopped using Openreach and will only provide service where they cover using their own infrastructure.
mds125606/12/2019 23:51

Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin …Not strictly true, you can use virgin over openreach line (just not virgin fibre to the property).


This stopped a long time ago. Virgin now sell services only where they have cable.
Wi-fi is a technology to link computers, phones and other devices together into a network.

A network can be used for a variety of things but one of the common uses is to allow multiple devices to access to a shared resource such as a printer or an internet connection.

Internet and wi-fi are separate things, even if the modem/router for the internet connection typically comes bundled with a wi-fi network access point.


Openreach are the company who own and maintain what's called the 'last mile' of the former national phone network. The last mile is the section between the house up to where all the lines converge locally - typically a phone exchange.

Openreach's network is used for the majority of broadband packages. Other than Virgin the companies who will install their own line directly to your house are all relatively small, only being available to a couple of percent of the country each.

Openreach are a 'BT Group company' but they've been more and more split apart from the rest of BT in recent years by the regulator so they are largely independent now. The BT-branded broadband packages are offered by a different division of BT called BT Retail who have the same level of access to the Openreach network as any other ISP using it so you're not restricted to them in any way.


It's also worth saying that's a copper line socket so the current line connected to your house can only use copper (ADSL) and hybrid fibre/copper services (FTTC, G.Fast where available). These are the majority of packages (generally anything under 100Mbps).

Openreach are also building a full fibre network (FTTP) but the wall boxes (ONT) inside the house for that are much larger and have downwards facing sockets rather than an outwards facing one. It's relatively rare at the moment, although they are aiming to make it available to 15 million premises by 2025 (about half the country).
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