Wireless internet service providers technology, such as EV-DO and WiMax, are starting to turn wireless connectivity into the main form of Internet access. High speed wireless companies are offering connectivity for laptops, cell phones, and other mobile computing devices at speeds that are comparable to cable connection or DSL.
If you need a wireless LAN for your home or small office, or Wireless Internet Access outside of the office or home there are many ISPs that will provide such services. Wireless is faster than the normal dial up services who's speeds are 56kbps but wireless services can connect from almost anywhere at speeds of 384Kbps to 2.0Mbps.
WiMax devices can deliver speeds up to 7 Mbps thereby making your laptop as fast as your office computer. This speed is made possible by a WiFi connection and a device that you can place on the USB port to connect via a WiMAX or EV-DO connection. The WiMax device is available through a few companies and should be nationwide by the end of 2010. The device can be connected to your laptop making it a mobile connection to your office or the device can be used in the office to replace the other connection devices you are using. Anywhere there is a USB port you can you a WiMax device.
Running at speeds this fast allows small devices such as cell phones and laptops to have the power always wanted in mobile computing. The speed of wireless will allow you to connect and work as though you were in your office or home. Access to areas where you can connect is no longer an issue.
To get wireless Internet access connection requires different equipment than is used in an office connection such as an Ethernet cable and a NIC card. On a laptop today most of have already installed by the manufacturer a wireless device for you to use. After which you will need to find an area that supports wireless by them having a wireless router open for your use.
If you need more access outside of these hot spots then you need a USB wireless adapter use as a WiMax device that will allow your laptop to connect via mobile towers or satellites Almost all laptops sold today have a wireless adapter installed in them, along with many handheld devices that are set up for remote Internet access via their mobile access provider.
WISPs, or as they are known Wireless Internet Service Providers operate a series of towers that transmit their Internet signals much as they do their cell phone operations. Local cable companies are now looking into providing access too since they already have towers all over as well.
For the traveler a national company that provides service on a Global scale is needed. Otherwise you will lose your connection once you move outside the service area. Finding the wireless internet service providers in your area is not hard. When searching just look for a listing in you local paper or on the internet. There are many major wireless internet service providers that also service your cell phone as well.
The author is a business consultant for WISP's.
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