Alternatives to Wireless Internet

by Jeffery Keilholtz

Advancement in technology is allowing people to connect any number of ways to the Internet. While wireless Internet connections are reliable and popular there are other alternatives. Some homes are still not equipped with wireless technology, while other users are going beyond wireless. A selection of alternatives to wireless Internet includes: dial-up service, broadband, long-range antennas and PC cards.

Dial-Up is An Option

Plugging and replugging phone chords can be a hastle.

For those unable to connect to the Internet via wireless, a dial-up connection will do. Dial-up connections access the Internet using home telephone lines. Dial-up Internet service often means disconnecting telephone cords and reattaching them to the computer. Because it is slower speed than wireless, a dial-up connection makes it "more difficult to view certain types of media, such as video," according to Purdue University. A major advantage to dial-up Internet, however, is that is perhaps the least expensive way to connect.

Broadband Works Too

Broadband Internet is cheaper than wireless.

Compared to dial-up, broadband Internet is a faster way to connect. Broadband technology allows for "ease in initial connection, duration of connection and no additional phone charges," according to Purdue. In addition, broadband connections are faster than dial-up options--making it easier to view big files. Broadband is limited--compared to wireless technology--because in order to remain connected to your computer, cables must stay plugged in.

Long-range Antennas Extend Connections

Long-range Internet antennas can transmit signals from directional counterparts.

Long-range antennas are remarkable for Internet connection. Wireless connections may make it possible to check the Internet away from your home--but your computer still needs a decent signal. Long-range options offer extreme distance for connectivity when pointed at a high-powered directional antenna. According to, a digital long-range antenna has such impressive point-to-point performance they can link to distances "greater than 5 miles." Since you may need line-of-sight in order for your antenna to work, there may be connectivity issues if cannot see the high-powered directional.

PC Cards Are Universal

PC cards fit easily into a laptop.

PC Cards go well beyond a standard wireless Internet connection. PC cards are universal in their design, allowing you to connect to the Internet--from virtually anywhere. Fixed wireless connections require "hotspots" when they are not directly linked to a specific server. According to, PC Cards are exceptionally fast and allow you to bypass wireless tradition by transmitting almost any signal--in any location--with "no bandwidth caps".

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.

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