Digital (DAB) Radio
- Receives digital signals over the airwaves, just like a traditional analogue radio
- Can be used anywhere there is a digital signal
- Signal reaches most of the UK population already
- Aerial may need adjusting for the best quality reception
- Offers much better sound quality than analogue radio
- Features digital versions of local and national stations
- Can receive services not broadcast on analogue signals, including BBC digital stations
- Receives radio signal via a wireless internet connection
- Only works in places it can connect to a Wi-Fi network
- Can receive internet radio from all around the world; there are thousands of stations
- Also able to receive online versions of DAB stations
- Some models have DAB technology to let them pick up digital stations when internet signals are not available
- Signal strength can be affected by obstructions, such as floors and walls, between the radio and Wi-Fi point
- Sound quality can be clearer than DAB radio
- Does not need your computer to be on to work; only the wireless router
How do I connect to an online radio station?
There are two ways to connect to an online radio station; you can use an internet radio, or you can connect through the web connection on your desktop or laptop computer. To connect though your PC:
- Make sure that you're connected to the internet.
- Navigate to a search engine, i.e. Google or Yahoo.
- Enter the following search terms into the search box provided: 'internet radio'. You may also want to include references to the type of content you want to hear, i.e. 'internet radio, comedy', or 'internet radio, sport'.
- Hit enter and, once the page of results appears, choose an option from the list and provided and click on the link to proceed to the corresponding radio channel.
- Have a click through the radio station's website, to browse radio shows and categories of broadcast. Select the programme that interests you and simply select the Play button to listen to the show.
What's the verdict?
Both DAB and Analogue radios have their pros and cons; the 'right' model for you really depends on how and where you want to listen in. If you only tune in at home and have a wireless connection, Internet radio is an excellent option. Perhaps you tune in when driving, in which case you should look into getting a digital car radio. Whatever your favourite station or individual style, there's a radio that broadcasts on your wavelength.