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A laptop and wireless broadband connection gives you the freedom to connect to the internet whenever and wherever you want. For most of us, this freedom is essential in this on-the-go world.
What Does Wireless Mean?
Wireless means that you don’t have to connect your computer to a modem or router with a cable in order to connect to the internet. It is an incredibly effective and efficient way to keep busy people on the move constantly connected.
It can refer to true wireless internet, where the user relies purely on a dongle (USB modem) to connect (often referred to as mobile broadband), or it can refer to a user connecting wirelessly to a home router connected through cable or ADSL.
A wireless broadband connection works with the use of a wireless modem (dongle). You can take the dongle wherever you go and be connected wherever you are, without having to rely on a designated network area. Wireless internet is great to have around the home. You can sit at your desk, on a comfy lounge chair or even head outside to access the internet.
Wireless Internet Availability
Any home or business can be set up with a wireless network through the use of a modem specifically designed to transmit radio waves. These waves are then picked up by the wireless modem in your computer or other device.
For a wireless connection that uses a dongle, you will need to either go on a separate plan, or purchase the dongle outright and then top up your connection with pre-paid credit. The pre-paid internet option is a bonus for those who want to have control over their access and spending.
It is also a smart option for teenagers, as they can top up the account themselves without relying on Mum or Dad. Both Telstra and Optus have extensive networks across Australia, so getting connected to wireless should be no problem for you. The 4G network is set to take over from the 3G network very soon, providing wireless users with internet of a much superior quality.
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