Hey, everyone’s addicted to technology these days. Get over it, I say. Would you want to go back to the days when you had to be plugged into the wall to surf the net? Of course you wouldn’t. When you’re out in the pub with your mates, your wireless internet device solves more arguments than Phone a Friend ever did. And if you work for yourself, the ability to take your job with you wherever you go is a boon like no other.
Anyway, apart from that I can’t see a problem. The internet, properly used, is the single key resource in modern life. You can shop on it, you can interact on it and you can find things out on it. You can inform yourself and ensure that other stay informed. You can foment revolution. You can right wrongs.
You can sell stuff too – but that’s been done since time immemorial no matter what the current communications vogue is. What do you think all those adverts on TV were all about? At least wireless internet is driving adverts away from television, as increased download speeds mean more and more people get to watch their favourite shows online, where they can control their advert consumption by skipping them.
There are several ways of consuming wireless internet – via satellite, via a wireless router, or through a SIM card. Each has its benefits. The SIM lets you take your web connection with you, as long as you can get a signal from the masts owned by your mobile SIM provider. The satellite means you get a pretty big coverage area for home wireless, and gives you a guaranteed signal speed without your having to worry about bandwidth and cable installation. And a wireless router means you can use the superb speeds of fibre optic and still move around your house.
With each method of consumption there are things to bear in mind – like what kind of extras you get with your package. Satellite internet can be quite an attractive option at the moment, with plenty of companies trying to entice customers in by giving them freebies or by including the internet in television packages. And wireless routers connected to fibre optics (which is getting more common now, and is slated to really take off sometime towards the end of 2012) give you potentially astonishing speeds, freeing up space and functionality for multiple home uses.
This kind of wireless internet is perfect for people who work from home, but who also have families that like to surf, download and stream. With a good fibre optic to wireless router connection, you can run several pretty traffic-heavy applications at the same time and not notice any delay.
That said, be aware that capping occurs across the board (pretty much) with all internet provision – so the faster your service gets the quicker you are likely to be capped, if you do a lot of downloading. If in doubt, examine your small print carefully before you sign on the dotted line.