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It almost seems implausible that as recently as ten years ago home internet access was a relatively new thing. Back then the internet was dial up, effectively a trickling tap that customers would turn on and off whenever they need to download emails. The idea of downloading a song was an alien concept and would have taken an age at the incredibly slow dial up download speeds. Watching paint dry was an infinitely more enjoyable experience.

Now it has all changed. Since those days, broadband has become the default for most home users, enabling a relative torrent of content to be uploaded and downloaded at lightning speeds. Broadband now accounts for the majority of all domestic internet access. Speeds are incrementally increasing all the time and in parallel the type of content that we download is changing. Music, software, games and even films are now being routinely downloaded by millions of people worldwide.

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Wireless Broadband

The development of broadband hasn't slowed over the last ten years and recent changes are shaping the way we play and access information via the interent.

That's where wireless broadband comes in. Effectively it enables anyone with a wireless enabled laptop, desktop or hand-held device such as a PSP to connect to the internet at broadband speed with no wires attached.

That's where wireless broadband comes in. Effectively it enables anyone with a wireless enabled laptop, desktop or hand-held device such as a PSP to connect to the internet at broadband speed with no wires attached.

At home, this is often as simple as plugging a wireless router into your ADSL broadband internet connection and creating a wireless home network. Broadband providers like Tiscali, AOL and BT often include a free wireless router with their deals</a> or you could buy one yourself like the popular Super G™ Wireless ADSL Modem Router. Many modern laptops, PCs and gaming devices come with a wireless receiver built in. Most recent operating systems, such as Windows Vista, are able to “find” the wireless router, thereby enabling users to access the Internet quickly. A laptop with wireless broadband access can then be used in any room in the house.

Having a wireless router also enables homes to connect more than one PC or laptop to the internet at one time, which is a huge advantage as we move towards a time when the PC will become truly personal.

One issue that wireless broadband users need to take seriously is network security and users in any doubt should contact their ISP, broadband provider, phone company or technical service, such as the TechGuys at PC World to ensure that their wireless connection is secure. This is a very simple process but is very important.

Mobile Broadband

When we're out and about, we can also access the Internet wirelessly, generally via wireless hotspots, which can be found in many coffee shops, pubs or public buildings throughout the UK and throughout the world. BT Total Broadband packages include wireless minutes per month allowing you to connect to 100s of wireless hotspots. Most phone companies offer packages that entitle users to a certain number of wireless minutes so that they can log on and check their messages over a latte. Charges vary, ranging from the all-inclusive to pay-by-the-hour, and there are options to suit all pockets.


In the last decade, the Internet has become our principal source of information and communication. Innovations such as wireless broadband are enabling us to use technology to stay connected in novel and convenient ways. We are both liberated and connected at the same time and the world is becoming a smaller place.