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Long gone are the days of dial tones and those annoying screeches when you are connecting to the internet. Although only ten or fifteen years ago, many people were still using dial up internet, most internet users in America now have faster internet connections. Along with these faster connections, more and more people also have wireless internet service. With more services and faster speeds every day, internet uses will continue to “unplug” and use wireless services on their computers, cell phones, and other devices.

While there are now many devices that use wireless internet, all of them do so through two basic types of internet service. Wireless devices will either use a cellular connection (usually 3g or now 4g) or a WiFi connection to link to the internet. In 3g or 4g connections (the “g” refers to the current generation of cellular technology), a cell phone or other device (like an iPad) will use the same transmission network that cell phones do. Therefore, they are not tied to a specific place, but rather are dependent on the cell network. WiFi connections, on the other hand, link the computer or wireless device directly to a local internet service, usually at a home, business, or school.

How to Get Wireless Internet Service

If you want to install wireless internet service in your home (or any other place), you must first get a reliable high speed internet connection. Usually this involves a DSL or cable service. While cable service is typically faster, DSL can be cheaper, and it is sufficient for many people who only do email and basic web browsing on the internet. Once you have a high speed internet connection in place, you will need to connect a wireless router. When you are shopping for a router, be sure to get one with a sufficiently strong signal. In most cases, the signal should be 108 mbps or higher. While every router might be different, you will typically need to connect the wireless router to your cable or DSL modem, and then link it to your service. This can be done by entering the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the router in your internet brower. From there, you should be able to enter a user name and password. Your router’s IP address, along with the user name and password, should be in the instruction manual. Once you have set up your connection, you should choose a unique password and encryption code for your wireless internet service. This important, because not only will your neighbors slow down your service if they are constantly connected, any illegal internet activity that they are involved in will be traced back to you. Also, although it is becoming increasingly more rare, some people live in rural areas where neither of these services are available. If this is the case for you, then some cellular phone companies offer wireless internet options for computers. For example, the Sprint Sierra modem allows the user to plug the device into their USB port on their laptop and access the internet through a 3G cellular network.

If you plan to connect to the internet through a wireless 3G or 4G cell network on a phone or other device, then you will typically need to purchase a data plan. These plans can range from about $15 to $50, depending on the type of plan. With many cell plans, they are also available as part of a package deal. For example, T-Mobile offers an unlimited voice and data plan for about $80 per month. While other major carriers’ bundled plans are slightly more expensive, they too have similar packages.

Finally, many new e-readers and devices like the iPad can connect to the internet through both WiFi and cell networks. While they do not require any additional services to connect at WiFi hotspots (except perhaps the password), these devices require a data plan to operate on 3G or 4G networks. The iPad, for example, operates on the AT&T network, and it has data plans that cost either $15 or $25 per month.

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