The Advantages of Wireless Internet

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If there is one undeniably momentous trend in the technological world right now, it is the portable evolution. Notebook computers continue to increase in popularity whilst decreasing in cost. The Apple iPod [http://www.gizmocafe.com/portable-audio/ipod-mp3-players.aspx]has completely changed the way people – not just North America or Japan – listen to music. Finally, wireless internet, or Wi-Fi, has given Johnny On-the-Go the ability to connect to his favorite fishing website even though he's miles from home.

There are a number of exciting advantages to Wi-Fi, and reaching fishing pages while riding the bus is just one. If you're ready, we'll discuss some of the more popular reasons to adopt a wireless network.

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**Caption: Clearly, the number one Wi-Fi advantage is working anywhere, anytime

  • No wires, duh.
  • Local Area Networks (LAN), although great for sharing files and after-work Doom sessions, were not fun for IT professionals who had the miserable task of running wires through walls, under carpets, and up through desks. Now places that simply cannot use wired networks, such as historic buildings, can feature the internet with wireless LANs.
  • It's almost as cheap.
  • The cost of wireless routers and cards continues to drop, making wireless a good choice for the office or home.
  • Many municipalities, or city governments, are offering wireless service to citizens for free, or an extremely low fee. Some generous locales include Paris, Philadelphia, and Tucson. Currently, the USA boasts 250,000 spots for connecting to wireless networks, and that number climbs everyday.
  • **Caption: Philadelphia has crept ahead in the tech world by introducing city-wide Wi-Fi

    Internet, anywhere.

  • It used to be that once you left said home or office, you were almost immediately out of the internet zone. Aside from specialized cafes or expensive PDAs [http://www.gizmocafe.com/handhelds/pda-devices.aspx], it was difficult to access the web when not sitting at a desk. That's changed, and many coffee shops, restaurants, and even bars offer free access points for connecting to the internet.
  • This also means that you can move your laptop to any room in the home, and won't be confined to one tiny corner when connected to the web.
  • No roaming junk.

  • That means your wireless should work the same in Canada as it does in France (although your access point will surely change).
  • Passwords (relatively) safe.

  • Now, this depends on you, a bit. The longer your password, and the more complex, the less likely that someone will crack it and gain access to many of your important files. With that said, there are many easy measures that can be taken to protect your network, and one of them is not to use your Mother's seven-letter maiden name.