Just about the time you think that computers can’t get any more sophisticated, along comes wireless capabilities. Now, you don’t have to stay at home to access the Internet; you can literally take it with you. And this is useful no matter if you are using word processing from openoffice.org or watching movies with the xvid codec.
Even if you do stay at home, you’re no longer confined to one room or one area of the house or face the problem of running wires and cable all over the floor, up the walls, or through the ceiling. The availability of routers that allow you to access the Internet from any room in the house has eliminated that.
Routers are pieces of computer equipment that attach to a main Internet source (usually the one found in a stationary computer). These devices pick up the signal from the Internet and transmit it to other computers or electronic devices that have been programmed or have had devices added to them that allow them to receive the signal.
If you are concerned that adding a router to your computer is going to cause it to topple over or simply explode from all the different attachments that have been added to it, you should know that most routers that are used on personal computers are rather small. They take up little room, and many can be installed simply by inserting them into a specific location on your computer. The cards or other devices used to access the signal on other electronic devices are also very compact.
Many restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, book stores and other public places have started making wireless Internet services available. Routers for wireless Internet capabilities can even be found in automobile dealership service centers and other not-so-obvious places. This makes it easy to access files so that you can work while you are waiting, or just use your computer to play your favorite online game.