More than half (51 percent) of Brits want faster broadband, despite 32 percent not knowing how fast their current connection is, says TP-Link.

According to the router manufacturer, which surveyed 1,000 adults, nearly a third (31 percent) have a broadband package that offers download speeds of 'up to' 10Mbps but 77 percent said they're not satisfied with their current package.

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The majority of women (47 percent) prefer using a wireless network, whilst 34 percent of men said they prefer the speed offered by wired connections. Currently, UK homes have an average of 4.6 net-connected devices per household. However, this looks set to rise after nearly a third (32 percent) of women and 27 percent of men admitted they've asked for a tablet PC this Christmas. Laptops were the second most favoured gifts by women followed by smartphones. Although, when it comes to men, after laptops and tablets, the next most-requested gift is an internet-connected TV.

Over a third (37 percent) said they plan to browse the web for research and gift selection ahead of the festive period but only three percent said they would shop online. However, 46 percent said they will use their net connection to share Christmas greetings friends and family via email, Skype and Facebook.

"The reality is that so many consumers just accept the network packages offered by their ISP and don't understand how limiting some of the offers can be," said Eric Wang, UK country manager, TP-Link UK.

"This research serves to underline the importance of the connected home. On average with people accessing the internet via 4 devices at any one time, having a robust home network has never been more important."