Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network. You connect to the internet using radio frequency signals. A wireless service lets you access the internet from home or when you’re out of the office.
It may also be an option if:
- You live too far from the telephone exchange (but within a wireless network coverage area)
- The exchange doesn't support ADSL
- You don't want to pay phone line rental fee
- You don't have access to a cable network
See our article on broadband basics.
Please note: this information was current as of October 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market. For more recent information, see Wireless broadband 2010.
There are several ways to access the internet wirelessly.
Portable and roaming wireless internet. You can access the internet wirelessly at home using a special desktop modem or you may prefer roaming internet through your laptop.
Wireless hot spots. Some ISPs offer wireless internet access from public places such as cafes, airports and hotels.
Fixed wireless. Several ISPs run limited fixed wireless networks using Wi-Fi technology.