What is a UKSofa
UKSofa is a range of three router boxes, pre-programmed to route your devices DIRECT to the UK Internet via our UK-based ISP (Internet Service Provider).
You first connect your UKSofa box to the local internet, normally by plugging it into your existing internet router. When you then connect any device to the UKSofa, you are automatically routed to a new account in your own name at our UK-based ISP. It allows you to browse the internet just as you would if you were on your own sofa in the UK!
This is a picture showing a typical set-up of the basic UKSofa
UKSofa is not a VPN; it’s best described as a WiFi extender or Access Point that links your devices to a new Hosted account at our UK-based ISP.
- Multiple users can connect at any time and for no extra fee.
- Each UKSofa has a UNIQUE fixed UK IP address that you’ll keep for your UKSofa’s life; allowing you to be recognised and welcomed by the sites you re-visit.
- As a UK registered internet service account holder, continuous connectivity is assured.
User safety is our priority. To help, on our basic (free) UKSofa we even include the option to restrict access to gaming and adult-content sites.
Using data tunnel technology we can provide remote support. This includes 24/7 connectivity monitoring. If your UKSofa experiences an unexpected disconnection, we’ll know about it and often fix problems before you’ve even known there was an issue.
Because many people like the convenience of a fixed-line phone in their holiday home, if you choose to order the optional UKSofa phone-box, we provide you with a fully operational UK number, with your choice of STD code.
You can make/receive calls just as if you were still in the UK – great for friends as they can then call you (and you can call them) at low UK to UK rates.
Diverting calls made to your UK home is also easy – and very low cost. You simply activate a call-divert from your UK home to your UKSofa‘s phone number and everyone, including prospective burglars, will think you’re still at home!
Our UKSofa comes in 3 versions. Your choice is wholly dependant on the availability of internet at your location.
UKSofa works across Europe and beyond, yet needs access to local internet. There are 3 standard install situations, they are listed below.
1. UKSofa: for when you have existing local internet
The UKSofa is connected by cable to your existing broadband router. You’ll gain instant access to your UK Hosted internet Service, both via the sockets in the UKSofa and also via a new WiFi network address (SSID) called “UKSofa”
2. UKSofa 4G: for when you have no existing Broadband
If you can use a mobile phone at your site, but have no fixed line Broadband, this version will give you Broadband as well as direct access to your UK Hosted internet account. It works because our 4G routers have very powerful internal antennae (4-5 times stronger than a mobile phone). You’ll need to source a local data SIM card but once done you’ll receive all the benefits of the standard UKSofa.
3. UKSofa4GR: for areas with a poor mobile signal
When mobile signals are poor (e.g. one bar outside and nothing internally) we supply a very powerful external antenna.
This attaches to a normal UKSofa4G router. In tests it has increased a poor signal speed by a factor of 5 to give performance speeds often similar to those available with super-fast Broadband.
Hide your Location
We know that many users buy a UKSofa to disguise the fact they are not in the UK. Not for illegal reasons but to allow them to be seen to be at work in their UK office when actually overseas. In fact our Phone option even allows you to make calls that will display your number as that of your existing UK business (subject to strict authorisation rules).
Rules of Use
Users can be Individuals or Businesses
Use is subject to the following restriction:
UKSofa, when connected to your account with our UK-based ISP, gives you unrestricted UK Internet access. If you access sites that require membership, or some other form of pre-access authorisation, you remain responsible for arranging such access rights. Our responsibility is to link you to the UK ISP account we provide in your name. Connectivity can never be guaranteed, as we often have limited control over global data links, yet we always try to monitor your UKSofa‘s connectivity (to the UK ISP) on a continuous 24/7 basis, thus minimising any downtime.
Your billing address will be the delivery address you provide on your order request yet you may elect to provide us with a separate UK billing address.
Bills will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address you shall provide.
UKSofa works across the EU, in Africa, America and many other countries, yet may not work in countries (such as Russia or China) where local regulations restrict or prohibit internet connectivity.