Wi Fi Internet Access

Written by Jacey Harmon
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The way we access the Internet is evolving similar to the evolution of the telephone. Telephones have evolved from stationary objects to wireless mobile devices. Access to the Web is following a similar path, from stationary to wireless mobility. The evolution of internet access continued when modems were placed in the computer itself. This no longer required users to place their phone on the modem; instead, you just plug in a telephone line in to the back of the console. Dial-up connection is still a very popular way of connecting to the Internet. DSL, or digital subscriber line, uses phone lines but has a much faster connection speed than regular dial-up.

Broadband was introduced and promised faster, constant internet connections. Broadband uses cable instead of telephone cord to access the Web. Broadband connections are always on, hence eliminating the need to dial up and take up one's telephone. Thanks to wireless fidelity (WI-FI) technology, users can access the Internet without the need to use wires of any sort.

Wi Fi Internet Access

Wireless internet access is growing in popularity and usage. Wi Fi hotspots are starting to show up at thousands of locations world wide. A hotspot is a location where one can log on to the Internet wirelessly. Wi Fi web access utilizes 802.11b protocol. 802.11 is a family of specifications set forth by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for wireless local area networks (LAN).

Many businesses and government facilities offer free Wi Fi internet access to individuals. Public libraries have become a common location for individuals to utilize wireless internet access. Free Wi Fi access does have some drawbacks that users should be aware of. Some signals may be very slow and may not always be on or strong. Don't expect to receive a lot of support from the facility's staff; many of the employees may not even know the wireless connection is available. Despite some of the drawbacks, wireless fidelity technology is an exciting evolution in the way we gain access to the World Wide Web.


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