What Do You Need for Wireless Internet?

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Create an active wireless Internet connection at home using a broadband Internet connection, a modem, a wireless router and wireless devices to connect to the network. Broadband providers typically transmit broadband to the home via fiber optic cable, data subscriber lines or coaxial cable.

Access to a broadband Internet connection is the basis for any home wireless Internet network. From there, the Internet is accessed wirelessly through a router. DSL service is delivered through phone lines and is usually the cheapest and slowest broadband option. Internet service providers usually provide subscribers with a modem, and some providers only allow the use of their own modems. The modem decodes the Internet signal from a service provider’s network and transmits the data to the router through an Ethernet cable.

Wireless routers connect to the modem and enable a broadband connection to be shared over multiple devices. Most routers have additional ports that allow devices, such as desktops, without wireless capabilities to connect directly via Ethernet cables. The standards for wireless routers include wireless-G, wireless-N and wireless-AC, which is the newest and fastest standard as of 2014.

The methods used for home connectivity are also used in some public locations, such as coffee shops, to provide local wireless hotspots for customers.