For your favorite devices, the Web has become just another feature alongside screen size, megapixels, and storage capacity. But there’s more than one way to connect to the Web with those devices these days, and we’re here to clear the air on Wi-Fi and mobile broadband. In this article, we’ll help you determine what you need to get started with each technology and why you should choose one over the other, or both.
Mobile broadband (3G/4G) covers two versions of the same technology. Both are capable of delivering a reliable and swift Web connection to your mobile broadband-capable device of choice from coast to coast (depending on your carrier’s coverage area). Today, 3G is the most prevalent mobile broadband standard, but the mobile broadband of tomorrow, 4G or WiMAX, offers connectivity that is even faster.
To get running with a mobile broadband network, you’ll need a mobile broadband subscription with a wireless carrier or use a pay-as-you-go service and one of the following: a device with embedded mobile broadband (only available on select notebooks and devices), a USB-based mobile broadband device, a USB-based mobile hotspot device, or a mobile phone with a limited or unlimited data plan.
Best Buy Connect (bestbuyconnect.com) is one example of a mobile broadband service that lets you add a dose of the Web to your favorite notebook, netbook, or smartphone on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis. Better yet, you can get a substantial discount on a mobile broadband-capable device by signing up for a two-year Best Buy Connect agreement.
Mobile Broadband Can
Do For You
● Listen to streaming music or watch TV shows while you commute to work
● Look up a map and get detailed directions if you ever get lost
● Access your email whether you’re in the office or on the road
● Download the latest pageturner from your favorite author right from the beach
Best Reasons To Choose 3G/4G
1) Enjoy broadband Internet speeds practically wherever you get cell reception
2) Mobile broadband hotspots let you connect multiple Wi-Fi devices at once
3) Get significantly discounted devices by signing a two-year Best Buy Connect mobile broadband agreement
Wi-Fi is the ubiquitous wireless protocol used by almost every consumer electronics device that can benefit from a Web connection.
These include—but are not limited to—PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, gaming consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, smart HDTVs, and digital photo frames.
In its most basic form, a Wi-Fi network consists of a subscription to a broadband cable or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet provider, a physical connection between the cable or DSL modem and a Wi-Fi router, and one or more Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect to the network. With the right settings, any of the devices listed above can connect to the wireless router and get you surfing in no time. Note, for desktop PCs to connect to a Wi-Fi network wirelessly, however, they must have a wireless adapter.
What Wi-Fi Can Do For You
● Get more entertainment mileage from your HDTV by streaming video
● Reduce wire clutter at your TV, notebook, and elsewhere around your house
● Enjoy fast uploads to share photos and videos with distant friends and family
● Using Wi-Fi instead of 3G/4G reduces your smartphone data consumption
Best Reasons To Choose Wi-Fi
1) Unbeatable download/upload speeds, particularly with 802.11n
2) Most devices can connect to the Web via Wi-Fi
3) Inexpensive to create a Wi-Fi network