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Access Wireless Internet From Laptop

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Access Wireless Internet From Laptop

Today is: April 30, 2017

How to access wireless internet from your laptop. This article will show you how.

Wireless internet access providers | Wireless router/wireless access point | Laptop

Wireless Internet Access Providers

It all start with wireless internet providers* which abound all over the world. You've heard of their names, although you may have only a vague idea as to what they are:

  • HughesNet
  • Skyway
  • Starband
  • AT&T
  • Time Warnet
  • Comcast
  • NetZero HiSpeed
  • Qwest Internet
  • others

These wireless internet providers have infrastructure which cost millions, if not billions, to put up and maintain, and which you are not required to know the details of in order to enjoy access to wireless internet from your laptop.

Getting 'wholesale' services from the above listed major internet providers, there are what we call 'hotspot providers' which come in the form of malls, major business corporations, other internet providers, coffee shops, and even private homes.

Whether yours is just a regular household needing internet access for your emails and surfing needs, or a big corporation needing high speed internet access for your company's information and connectivity needs, you need to get a subscription for the services of an internet provider. Prices depend largely on the internet connectivity speed, usually measured in mbps (megabytes per second), and indirectly, on the number of stations (e.g. computers,laptops, ipads, mobiles) that require access internet.

Which brings us to the next requirement to make wireless internet access from laptops possible for your target premises.

Wireless Routers

The list of wireless router brands increases yearly and it's possible you've seen or heard of these brands through ads on tv or in magazines.

  • LinkSys
  • NetGear
  • Cisco
  • Buffalo
  • D-Link
  • Novatel
  • etc

As far as output performance is concerned, the average user will not find very significant differences between these brands. Most of the time, however, it all boils down to durability and transmission strength. And if you're very particular, you'll find yourself settling for the ones the quality of which are known and unrefuted. Of course, as with most things on earth, high quality often entails a higher price to procure.

These routers come in different shapes and sizes, but you'll usually recognize these contraptions by their rubber ducky like protruding antennas where some contain two antennas. The usual form is like a pocket book size box which is either placed flat or standing on one of its sides. This is the paraphernalia that allows your laptop to connect to the internet. Malls and business establishments that provide wifi hotspots (wireless access points) have these in their premises. Homes and just about any place can become wifi hotspots with the correct installation of routers.

Laptop

You, of course, know and probably have this already. Otherwise, you wouldn't be looking for how to access wireless internet from your laptop.

Modern laptops already have built-in wifi capability. That is, there are already embedded wireless internet access cards inside. The older ones however need external wifi cards that are then inserted in the laptop's USB port.

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