How to Use Wireless Internet in Rural Areas

Everyone wants to go wireless. It makes sense – it’s more convenient. It’s easier and it’s definitely the way to go if you like to move around – which most of us do.

To go wireless, all you need is a wireless router. That goes for rural wireless Internet, too. The difference between rural wireless Internet and wireless Internet in cities? The actual Internet provider.

Rural wireless Internet providers vs. urban Internet providers

The biggest difference you’re going to see between rural wireless Internet service and the kind you’d experience in a big city is the speed. Internet speeds are measured in Mbps – what you need to know is that the more Mbps (megabits per second), the more download speed you’re getting.

Typically, the fastest Internet providers are cable and DSL.

Fiber speeds are super-fast (hundreds of times faster than dial-up), which means its wireless connection is also fast. The only problem there is that fiber optic isn’t available everywhere.

Rural wireless Internet providers are typically DSL and dial-up. The speeds you get with your wired Internet connection are essentially what you get when you go wireless.

How to get a rural wireless Internet connection

To go wireless you need a Wi-Fi enabled router and devices with Wi-Fi capability.

You can grab a Wi-Fi router from either your Internet provider or pick one up at a place like Best Buy or Wal-Mart. Installation is super-easy – it doesn’t take long at all. But, it is important that when you do set up your network, whether is a rural wireless Internet connection or one in the city, that you password-protect your wireless network. That way strangers/hackers/neighbors can’t use your Internet connection.

Once your network is set up, make sure your device’s Wi-Fi capability is turned on. Usually, this is under “Settings” for a tablet or smartphone. On a laptop or PC, you might need to slide a switch on the side of your computer to get Wi-Fi.

The bottom line? Rural wireless Internet depends on the Internet providers available. The good news is that as long as you have a Wi-Fi-enabled router and devices, you can get wireless wherever you live.

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