Wireless Is Becoming Incredibly Fast
With recent advances in wireless Internet technology, high speed wireless connections are now readily available on laptops, cell phones, and other mobile computing devices. Some emerging forms of wireless technology, such as EV-DO and WiMax, are starting to turn wireless connectivity into the dominant form of broadband Internet access.
Whether you need a wireless local area network for your home or small office, or wireless Internet access on your laptop while sitting in your favorite coffee shop, there are a growing number of wireless ISPs that can provide you with such service -- and at speeds comparable to residential DSL and Cable.
Dialup used to be the only means of connecting to the Internet with your laptop while out of the office or away from home. Mobile Internet users were limited to a 56 Kbps connection. However, modern wireless ISPs are able to provide connection speeds ranging anywhere from 384 Kbps to 2.0 Mbps. That is up to 35 times faster than dialup!
One new wireless technology in development as of early 2009 is poised to increase the download speeds of wireless even further. WiMax promises to deliver maximum speeds of up to 7 Mbps -- to your laptop, your car, your cell phone, and your home. WiMax is only just now becoming available in some U.S. cities, but expect to see it in more locations by the end of the year and throughout 2010.
This increase in speed means that you no longer have to limit your mobile computing activities to basic email and text messaging. When you use a high speed wireless Internet service provider, you can download streaming media and other large file formats just as easily as you could with the broadband Internet connection in your home or at the office.
Nearly every laptop sold today already has a wireless adapter installed in it, plus there are many new handheld devices that are set up for remote Internet access. The number of hotspots that the major wireless ISPs have in operation is also constantly increasing. So, if you like or need to have access to the Internet while on the go, then slow download speeds and limited availability simply no longer serve as obstacles.