How Does Wireless Internet Work?

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  • Wireless Internet was created in order to combat a problem. What was it? It was a desire that consumers had to use the Internet anywhere. It was especially vital to the business community. Certain fields of business require constant use of the Internet in order to function effectively and were being compromised by location. However, prior to wireless Internet, these businesses had to suffer because all Internet access was accomplished via a hook-up or connection.

  • Prior to the invention of the wireless Internet, consumers only used DSL and cable to access the Internet. Consequently, both options required some type of cable (wire). As a result, Internet users were limited in their ability to get online based on their ability to connect a simple cable. With the advent of wireless Internet access, the need for a cable access was eradicated. It allowed people to use the Internet almost anywhere.

  • Wireless Internet is self-explanatory. It is a service that gives a consumer Internet access without wires or a hook-up. No cable connection is required in order to get online and surf the Internet. How does it do it? Wireless Internet services are all based on signals - signals that transmit information.

  • The signals that connect wireless Internet modems to the Internet are sent out through communication towers or centers. These places beam out Internet data to a certain radius (usually 30 - 40 miles). As a result, anyone within this range who is connected to a wireless Internet service can get on the Internet. These consumers have Internet access without all of the fuss.

  • Of course, as with any service, wireless Internet has its pros and cons. Wireless Internet tends to be fast and efficient. The signals are powerful and, as a result, create an environment that is user-friendly. However, if a structure (usually a building) is erected that interferes with any of the signals, the service can be compromised. This situation is one that urban dwellers often face in their wireless Internet usage. In urban areas, it is common for new structures to go up on a regular basis. For this reason, wireless Internet users in these areas must choose the company that services their Internet usage wisely.

  • Overall, the advent of wireless Internet is a step forward in technology. It expands the range of Internet usages and opens the doors for new ideas based on this technology. We see it a lot today in the entertainment consoles and games. Everyone is going wireless because of its convenience. So, it is unprecedented as to what the future holds other than it will be one that doesn't include wires.

  • Photo Credit Photo by Julia Freeman-Woolpert with Sxc.hu
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