4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is The Future [Opinion]

wireless internet intro   4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is The Future [Opinion]Before the era of smartphones, we’ve always been used to getting our internet from good old cables, whether it be phone lines, broadband cable, or DSL. While those were pretty good options when they first came out (and they’re still decent today, except dial-up), we’re starting to go toward a more wireless world.

Especially now that a vast amount of phones sold today are smartphones rather than those simpler phones where you could only talk and maybe even text, wireless internet is definitely in demand.

But, why should wireless internet be for mobile devices only? Here are four reasons why I believe all devices, whether phones or desktop computers, will eventually start using wireless internet.

It’s Fast

This may not have been a valid reason a few years back, but it certainly is now: the newest wireless internet services are fast. So fast, even, that it’s challenging most wired internet services. Just look at the past timeline and see for yourself. EDGE was slow, 3G was decent, and 4G is blazin’. Just think about a couple more years down the road when 5G and 6G will come out (or whatever they’ll be named by then). Scary in a good way, isn’t it?

It’ll Be Available Everywhere (If Not Already)

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Wireless internet has one of the great benefits of not being tied to any cables, so all the service provider needs to do is set up a wireless tower instead of cables that connect to each home and a whole area is already served with wireless internet. In fact, a lot of the country already has access to wireless internet, so one can only expect that sometime in the future wireless internet will be accessible everywhere. Granted, not all areas will be served with the best technology the world has to offer, but there will most likely be some form of wireless internet.

Upgrading Is Easier

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If you need to upgrade your internet, and you’re using internet from a line, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to switch to a different type of line, or a new type of line needs to be laid to your house, or the line needs to be replaced with a newer version, or that it’s impossible for you to upgrade at all.

With wireless internet, there are no lines that need to be switched or upgraded, as all communications run through the air. When a new technology comes out that enables data transfer through the air to go faster, a new level of service is created. All that needs to be done is for communication towers to be equipped with the new technology, and for you to upgrade any devices and modems to be able to use the new technology.

It’s Compatible With Virtually All Devices

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Did you know wireless internet is compatible with virtually all devices, even those you might not have thought would be? Sure, smartphones, tablets, and netbooks with built-in 3G or 4G service are compatible with wireless internet, but your desktop and even home server are compatible as well.

How so? You can continue to maintain your current WLAN/LAN home network, but simply replace the traditional DSL/Cable modem that connects to the router with a wireless internet modem (read some user’s questions about wireless modems here). This way, you can enjoy the benefits of your personal home network and still get the increasingly fast wireless internet. Additionally, for people on the go, there are also internet sticks that simply plug into your laptop. It’s that simple.

Conclusion

Wireless internet really is the way of the future, and it’s quite simple to use and upgrade. Sure, wired internet still has its current benefits of high speed (although 4G is definitely challenging that fact) and higher reliability, but as the wireless technology keeps evolving, eventually there will be barely any incentives left for wired internet usage. Until then, we’ll have to see how technologies evolve.

What’s your opinion on this matter? Are there some points I missed? Do you think wired internet will always be the way to go? Let us know in the comments!
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Joseph

ENJOY YOUR HIGH LATENCY BRO!

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Linda Woodrow

Wireless is a bit like a deserted beach – it’s fantastic so long as no-one else is using it.

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Danny Stieben

Thanks, although I haven’t experienced any since I got my 4G connection.

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Zoe

You want High Latency? Try satellite internet such as Hughesnet or WildBlue. Latency times of 850ms to 1200ms there are not uncommon. I now have a 3G connection and latency there is 100ms-200ms. Far more livable. 4G is hopefully better. Also, if possible, try to get synchronous service vs Asynchronous . i.e. more equal up and down speed instead of slower upload. however with faster connections this may not be an issue.

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muotechguy

Youre crazy if you think a modern home network with media server, backup server and torrents serving numerous clients is going to ever run nicely on a wireless connection. Why bother getting broadband when you’re just going to cripple yourself like that? We might as well give you a dial up and be done with it. More to the point, it’s wasteful. A simple CAT5 cable is infinitely faster, compatible with virtually everything, and doesn’t get interference from anything else operating wirelessly.

As Joseph hinted at, you obviously never play online games – I bet you would be absolutely slaughtered on CoD if you tried to play through a 3g connection.

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Danny Stieben

Most average users don’t host servers and torrents, which would honestly run decently enough with a 4G connection anyways. Sure, CAT5 is fast, but the entire Internet isn’t offered at gigabit speeds. I suppose interference is an issue from a technical standpoint but it hasn’t really affected me in my own use.

Again, 4G speed should be decent enough. Heck, it’s been faster than my cable connection here at home.

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CRNHB

The latency issue stays. what about ping issues? Some competative games make even 40 ping a hassle, and anything 100+ is just about crippling in high level matches. Also I’m a bit concerned about security. much harder to sniff a wired connection vs wireless.

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Indronil

the main point to note
connection of usable speed
wired starts from 123 rs/month
and wireless starts from not less than 500/month
in our place… The cost factor is always there..

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Danny Stieben

For now, that’s true (and quite a difference for you, wow). Hopefully when wireless internet is more common from just smartphones and whatnot will the difference go down.

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Monkey

Another point against wireless, at least with Telstra in Australia, you can’t get a static IP address so it’s no good for hosting services such as your own email or games server.

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Danny Stieben

Ah, yeah that wouldn’t be so good if you wanted to do that, although there are Dynamic DNS services that solve that problem. Plus most average users (VERY average) won’t be hosting them anyways, and they will be the more likely people to switch to wireless.

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Danny

Getting really sick of Danny Stieben’s unresearched opinion pieces…
When you upgraded from ADSL to ADSL2+ did you have to upgrade your line? No!
When you upgraded from DOCSIS Cable 2.0 to DOCSIS Cable 3.0 did you have to upgrade your line? No!
You didn’t even need to upgrade your telephone line when you changed from 56K dialup to ADSL.
Wireless devices have the inherent problem of delay. And don’t get me started on the cost difference.

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Danny Stieben

What you say about those certain upgrades are true, but you’re limiting yourself. My house currently has DSL, Cable, and Wireless as possible Internet connections. If we didn’t have cable, we’d be stuck with DSL (where the highest speed we can order for our house is less than 1Mbit), or wireless. If we started out with DSL, we would’ve had to switch.

As for wireless delay, that is being addressed with each new specification. 4G is already pretty good at it, and 5G/6G/etc will be even better about it. Cost difference is high for now but may go down as wireless internet becomes more common than it is now.

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Luis R

The IDEA of wireless internet everywhere is great. However, there are many obstacles that need to be overcome for it to be a reality.
Latency, stability, cost, availability + availability across different networks.
I don’t see it happening, not in this decade.

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Danny Stieben

I personally wouldn’t eliminate the entire rest of the decade, but I see your point. I don’t find latency to be too much of an issue now though with 4G out. As for the others, I suppose it depends on how much carriers want to invest and where you live.

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Divit

I like cables, they are fast and will keep getting faster. I don’t think I like wireless very much, atleast at home. Besides, my dad doesn’t like radiations flying around in the house.

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Danny Stieben

Is your entire home network made out of Ethernet cables?

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Krishnapriya

wireless is good but not everywhere. in malaysia, it NEVER reaches the promised speed

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Danny Stieben

I’m sorry about that. At least speeds should still go up with each new technology, even if it doesn’t reach the max.

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omar

the wireless networks are easy to hack……they are not secure

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Danny Stieben

The wireless from the carriers themselves? I’m not sure about that, but if you have your network behind a router, you should be just fine IMO.

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Pike

I think it depends on what you mean by secure. If you’re worried about intrusion then yes your router (assuming it has a firewall inbuilt as most do these days) should protect you. I’ve heard the quality of those firewalls debated but that would be no different to a cabled connection in that regards.

If you’re worried about someone ‘sniffing’ your packets en route, then wireless has more potential issues. I don’t know what kind of encryption most wireless carriers are using these days but theoretically it would pass more potential nodes than a wired connection.

All that said, I’m not sure if that puts your chance of getting your data hacked from 1% to 99% or merely 0.2% to 0.4%

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jon

-wireless is a great second option…but fair use limits will hamper one’s ability to use wireless for any serious downloading (not necessarily torrents).

we’ll have to wait and see…as i’m not sure if wireless has the capacity for millions of subscribers for $50/mo.

and isnt wired connections more secure/redundant?

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Joyce Turner

We have only had wireless internet for our home since VZW first offered the MiFi 2200 (3g) and it is far superior to Hughes Net satellite, which we had for 18 months. We have 3 laptops, 1 desktop,and an iPod Touch; most of the time all of these are using the signal. Granted, it is not speedy, but it gets the job done. With 5 grandkids playing games and youtube videos, it gets a workout.
Now,more exciting is the arrival of our VZW Home Fushion broadband for homes. LTE4g speed has brought us into the real world of high speed internet!
Before you ask, YES, it presently comes with a steep price. We pay $120 p/month for just 30g and since my MiFi (3g) is still unlimited @ $60 p/month, I am keeping it for the grandkids to use.
I totally agree with the author!
Plus, I am anxiously awaiting My Nexus 7!

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Danny Stieben

I’ve seen commercials for Hughes Net internet…we looked it up, and it’s god awful. Great to hear that you’re upgrading!

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One

China has not put in a wired architecture to handle the explosion of cell phone or computer use. Think Qualcom.
Must see another solution they do?
I just got Exede. I’m getting up to 28 mb burst download and averaging close to 12mb. Fair use cap is going to be an issue, but it too will change.
Yes some latency is still there, but physics (quantum) is still growing so I would not count the idea out just yet.
Who would of thought 30 years ago about giving up their home rotary dial phone for one you could carry in your pocket that gets calls where ever you are?
We are a pretty clever species.
Where there is money to be made…….

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Danny Stieben

I agree. I still think there’s a LOT of potential for wireless communications. We’ll see where that’ll take us. :)