Wireless Internet

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What Does Wireless Internet Mean?

Wireless Internet service is a type of Internet service that provisions connectivity through wireless means.

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It provides Internet connectivity service to end users and organizations over a wireless communication network. Wireless Internet service is primarily delivered by a wireless Internet service provider (WISP).

Techopedia Explains Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet is typically provided by wireless Internet service providers (WISP) that broadcast wireless Internet signals in a specific geographical location. Typically, wireless Internet is delivered through radio waves or satellite signals.

Being an environment-dependent communication medium, wireless Internet is generally slower than wired Internet connections. Generally, connection to wireless Internet requires a wireless Internet modem, wireless access card or Internet dongle by the end user.

WiMax and EV-Do are common examples of wireless Internet. Wireless Internet may also include accessing the Internet via Wi-Fi connection within a home, office or local network.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.