A NEW SERVICE to help people who need a home broadband boost was launched last week at Gadget Show Live.
Boosty is a small box that connects to your router offering a speed boost or failsafe to anyone whose landline broadband is a bit shonky. And let's face it, we can all say that sometimes.
Boosty is the first consumer product from Sharedband, an Ipswich-based B2B company specialising in bonded lines, the practice of combining multiple broadband connections to create a super 'pipe'.
CEO Paul Evans told the INQUIRER: "The idea is only to use the mobile signal when it's absolutely necessary, but we realised that quite often people have this potentially whopping mobile signal sitting there doing nothing when they're struggling with their landline."
The service is aimed primarily at areas with poor broadband speeds, but can also be kept running as a failsafe in the event of an outage. The UK government wants to ensure that everyone has at least 2Mbps broadband, but sometimes that's just not enough.
The initial setup is £69.95, which includes the Boosty dongle and a 12-month subscription. Subsequent years are charged at £39.95, which covers the cost of bonding the signals using the company's servers.
Evans explained: "We add nothing to the data stream, nor do we take anything away. The data travels via our data centre to bond the signals together."
This is the same way that parent company Sharedband services its business customers.
Boosty can work directly with a router, or can be tethered to an Android or iOS device running a background service if you want more control. You can also set a limit to the amount of data that Boosty can syphon to ensure you're completely in control when the bill comes.
At present, Boosty can offer a maximum of 12Gbps by bonding signals, so for customers in superfast areas its main use is as a backup. Ideal for home workers and obsessive gamers. µ
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