WiFi

Wifi is a hot topic issue these days. Just about everyone uses it. It is in our homes, on our phones, at the office and libraries across the world. In fact you can go to many restaurants and coffee shops and access the internet for free through their wifi hotspots. It is truly amazing all that wifi has brought us. However, some people are unhappy with the internet speeds and slow opening pages. They may feel as if the internet worked fasted from their hard lined predecessors. However, the great thing about technology is that it is always improving, and wifi technology is no different. Most of us would love to see our wifi technology updated and able to get better results than fiber and DSL internet technology. Well, not to fear. There are many advancements being made as we speak.

Where is wifi being used

Most of us are use to using wifi in our homes or through our phones. However, did you know that only 3% of the global internet wifi traffic comes from cell phones? This shows us that even though most people think that a lot of the wifi web traffic is coming from cell phone users, they are way off. Wifi companies may need to adjust their focus on who they are targeting if they are relying solely on cell phone users. In fact, you can find wifi in many homes, large corporations, small businesses, university campuses and medical facilities. Also there are many parts of the world that are growing and desperately seeking ways to create access to the internet. Places like Brazil and India, who have seen a growth in industry and web based jobs, see a need for internet capabilities but do not have the means to install copper throughout their country to get hardlined access to the internet. In many of these developing countries the copper would most likely be stolen long before they got the system up and running. This makes wifi the easiest and best choice for them.

Advantages of wifi

There are many advantages that wifi gives it users when compared to its hard lined predecessors. You are able to sign into your wifi network if you remain within so many feet of the signal, and you do not have all those tangled up wires to deal with that can clutter up your office and look unattractive to some of your potential clients. So, you can clean up your act, and at the same time earn some extra freedom to go along with it. You will be able to choose where you would like to work and not have to be stuck at your desk all day to use the internet. You can work from anywhere your signal and laptop are available. It is also priced rather fairly these days. You will not have to break the bank to own it, and as with most things these days, the technology is for the most part very user friendly. It should be pretty easy to setup your wifi network and sign on to it, and once you are connected, you should stay connected. The signal strength in a certain area should normally stay consistent and remain fairly reliable.

Some limitations

As with most new technology, there are a few kinks in the system that needs to be worked out, and there are always improvements that can be made. As I said earlier, many people are unhappy with their connection speeds. They want it to be faster. In this day and age, we want everything to happen instantly, especially the internet. We are on a tight schedule and need to get everything done, so we want what we want now. However, sometimes on wifi pages will load slowly and download speeds can be more that frustrating. There is also a limited range of where you can be to get your wifi signal. Yes, we have more freedom to roam than before, but we are still limited as to where we can pick up the internet and do our work. Most of us would love to see our signal strength expanded to take up more and more room and in turn, give us even more freedom.

Advancements

As with all things associated with technology, we see advances each and everyday. Many companies are currently discovering new technologies that will help to revolutionize the way we look at wifi, especially when it comes to connection speeds. Computers are only able to receive information from one stream of input with a hard lined internet connection. Normally there is a limit to how much information a computer or other device can receive from a single line, but if you could allow information to come from multiple lines, you would be able to increase your connection speed. You could imagine sipping a glass of tea through a straw. If you wanted to drink from a second glass of tea at the same time, then you would need to add a second straw. This type of discovery can allow your device to send and receive two different data streams (the tea) through one spectrum (the straw). And, even better, many companies are working on ways to double that stream once again to four. This could help all of us see an increase to our connection speed in the near future.
Wifi has seen such an increase in use because it is a simple and cost effective way for us to connect to the internet. There is also the added benefit of not having to use or see all of those wires we currently associated with connecting to the internet. In the near future, we will most definitely be seeing major improvements and advancements in the wifi system, and I know that most of us can not wait until that day comes.

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