Wi-Fi: It's Fast, It's Here -- and It Works

Inexpensive broadband wireless networks that can keep you connected while you move about the office or home are getting better all the time

Far from what tradition might indicate, the wireless Internet isn't turning out to be one of those tech breakthroughs that arrives accompanied by a Microsoft-size marketing campaign and eight-foot-high displays in consumer-electronics stores. Instead, it's a grassroots trend that has moved from research labs, to techie circles, to hobbyists -- and that now, after five years -- is about to reach the general public. Anyone who didn't know broadband (meaning, fast) wireless Internet access is here -- and that it works -- soon will.

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