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6. Wireless Connectivity and in-Car Internet > 62. Get Online in Your Car

Get Online in Your Car

You have several options for how to rig your car PC for wireless Internet connectivity so you can surf the Web, download email, or transfer files while on the go.

In the old days, there were only a few ways to get online wirelessly, each of them slow and expensive. Recently, that has all changed. This hack will help you understand your options and choose your wireless connectivity solution.

In the era of analog cell phones, you could pay upwards of a dollar per minute for a modem connection of between 2,400 and 9,600 bits per second (i.e., up to 9.6 kbps). Not only was the connection slow, but it usually took a minute or so to connect as well, making even a failed attempt at getting online a costly affair. The conversion to digital cell phone standards opened the door to faster connect times, but for a long time it did nothing to increase connection speeds, which were still pegged at 9600 bits per second.


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