So you have got broadband. Great! After a while, though, many people find that they’ve got so used to using unlimited wireless internet broadband on one computer they wish to be able to utilize it from the others they own, too – including their laptop, and machines nowhere near the broadband line. Traditionally, the reply to this has been to run expensive network cables through your house, making holes in your walls and restricting the movement of your computers. Recently, however, an alternative choice is becoming available: wireless broadband.
Wireless broadband works by using short-range radio waves to produce a small area where your computers can be networked without wires – most wireless networks are no bigger than a house, although larger ones are possible.
This is the way it works. First, the broadband Internet connection is connected to a radio router – basically, a little, cheap computer that does nothing except acting as the hub of your network. After this you fit wireless cards into each one of your computers, either by opening them up and putting it inside or by plugging it in making use of a cable (for example USB) or a port (like laptops’ PCMCIA).
Whenever you fit prepaid credit cards and switch your pc (and also the router) on, Windows should appear a box asking you which wireless network you want to connect to. Your router should create a network automatically, generally naming it after its manufacturer (‘netgear’ or ‘linksys’, for instance). All you need to do is choose this network, and you are on the Internet.
Types of High Speed Internet:
There are five types of broadband Internet, and below they are listed and explained:
DSL – The Digital Subscriber Line Internet access is a type of Internet connection that comes to you through your telephone line. Contrary to what many people may think, you can use your Internet and your phone at the same time, as voice and Internet connection travel at different frequencies which are commonly separated by a device called a DSL splitter. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to over 6 Mbps, although the distance that you are located from the telephone companies CO will affect the speed that will be available.
Cable – If you have Cable TV, you can probably ask your Cable TV provider for Cable Internet. Currently DOCSIS 3.0 cable connections can provide the fastest consumer Internet connections, with some cable companies such as Comcast offering speeds of over 100 Mbps in select areas.
Satellite – Even though the satellite Internet connection is the slowest and the most expensive type of broadband Internet to set up, it is the only option for many who live in areas where other types of broadband Internet are not available. The connection speed will in this case may depend on weather conditions, and the speed will generally be lower than with the other three types of broadband Internet.
Wireless – Wireless Internet is available from cellular providers such as Verizon, At&t, Sprint, etc. It currently comes in two flavors of 3G and 4G. 3G or third generation wireless is the most widespread and offers speeds comparable to low end DSL services. 4G or as you may have guessed fourth generation wireless is the new kid on the block and boasts much higher speeds.
Fiber-optic – This is the least used, as well as the one of the fastest broadband Internet connections out of the four types mentioned here. The reason why it is the least used is the fact that not many areas have fiber-optic Internet connections available yet. However, where it is available, its cost is very competitive with standard DSL and Cable, but provides much higher connection speeds.