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At the most basic, wireless Internet access - sometimes called Wi-Fi Internet access -is a high-speed broadband Internet connection free of cables or phone lines.
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High-speed wireless Internet requires you to have a wireless card installed in or connected to your computer. This card uploads and downloads data, voice, and video, via radio waves, to a wireless broadband router. The wireless router, which is a small electronic box, is connected to the Internet by a telephone line or coaxial cable that connects to an Internet service provider (ISP). The router converts the data, voice, or video transmissions being sent upstream (to the Internet from your computer) or downstream (from the Internet to your computer) from radio waves to digital signals and vice versa.
Wireless broadband routers broadcast their high-speed Internet connection in a limited range, referred to as a hot spot. A hot spot is a wireless local area network - frequently called a LAN ? that provides a wireless Internet connection through the wireless router.
There are two types of wireless Internet hot spots - free or public hot spots, which allow you to connect to the Internet free of charge, and private hot spots, which allow only certain users to access the Internet through the router by the use of passwords.
Many people choose to set-up private hot spots in their homes or businesses. This allows them to access the Internet at high speeds from any computer that has a wireless card and the password to connect.
At the same time, many public and private entities are choosing to provide free wireless Internet service to their customers, clients and visitors. It is now common to find wireless hot spots in coffee houses, hotels, libraries, restaurants and airports. Additionally, many universities and some municipalities have invested in providing multiple hot spots for students and residents.
Any information sent over free or public wireless Internet connections can be compromised; therefore, security consultants recommend against logging onto or visiting sites that involve passwords or transmission of private data ? such as social security numbers or credit card account numbers ? in a public area.